Contraband by Liz Davinci

The song “Contraband” was originally called “Emergency”. One of the songs originally planned for the EP “Contraband” stopped breathing about 85% of the way to being done and I needed to write a new one – an “emergency” song. At first I didn’t want to give up on the originally intended song and it was…

Noir Classics: Those Who Walk Away – Patricia Highsmith by K. A. Laity

Don’t let the pull quote form Slavoj Zizek put you off. This too-little read classic by Highsmith is a cracking read. It’s suffused with an existential dread so thick you could cut it with a Derwatt paint knife. It starts in Rome and quickly moves to Venice, currently repopulated with swans and dolphins, which is…

Kiss Like a Fist by Graham Wynd

She had a mouth that could raise the dead. It had raised me plenty over the years, but I’d never been close enough to Rosaline’s orbit to do anything about it. Until tonight. I brought her a third martini and her tongue had loosened enough to share some sage advice with me as she leaned…

Neglected Noir: Bedelia (1946) by K A Laity

I finally got around to watching this because I am still (again, always) obsessing about Hannibal and the presentation I’ll be giving on it in April. What’s the connection? Show runner Bryan Fuller named a new character after her, Bedelia du Maurier (obviously the Rebecca author for the other half of her name). The novel…

If you have to say anything, say nothing at all by E F Fluff

On a little island on the edge of the world. That you’ll be tortured, degraded, humiliated, and ultimately, hardened to a strange faraway horizon point no one else will really understand; was something, we all, ultimately, later, laughed about. There was a time, where if these childhood experiences fractured you, to a point of inability…

The Small Matter of a Murder By Martin Mulligan

You don’t expect to fall in love with the midget who hires you to kill her husband. She was wearing daffodil-yellow high heels the first time we met at a Frankie & Benny’s on the outskirts of a drab northern seaside resort in dead midwinter. Outside, a freezing wind howled through the empty bus station….

Following the money – or not… by Tess Makovesky

I loved the first two seasons of Danish crime drama Follow the Money. It was different, it was involving, the characters were fun but believable. So when I saw, a few weeks back, that season three was coming to BBC4, I could hardly wait. But in the end, it was a disappointment.   What was…

2 From Jake Hinkson by Paul D. Brazill

THE DEEPENING SHADE An alcoholic cop, a Jesus freak, a pregnant homeless teenager, a stripper, a cop in debt to a gangster, and the manager of a fast food joint who is in the wrong place at the wrong time are all  part of the rich and varied cast of characters in The Deepening Shade,…

Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Jaka Tomc

BOOKS I love reading almost as much as I love writing. I rarely read a book in one sitting, because I like pauses between chapters. Sometimes they last a cigarette, sometimes a week. I like reading books that haven’t been read by many people. I feel special when I do it. There are some books…