Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Rest of the Stories

Carnival of the Criminal Minds mastermind Barbara Fister alerts me to the fact that she has created a new Web site devoted to Scandinavian crime fiction. “Since I work at a Swedish heritage college in Minnesota with a Scandinavian Studies program, I thought we had an obligation to host a site for Scandinavian crime fiction,” she explains. Author entries include “(when available) biographical information about the author, titles translated into English, links to Worldcat records for Swedish, UK, and U.S. publications, translator’s name, and a selection of reviews.” You’ll find Fister’s new Scandinavian Crime Fiction in English page here. It’s also been added to The Rap Sheet’s giant blogroll, under “About the Genre.”

• Bookgasm’s Matt Adder quizzes novelist Jason Starr about his latest literary collaboration with Ken Bruen, The Max (Hard Case Crime). You’ll find the results here.

Man from U.N.C.L.E. fans take note: The U.S. TV network TCM will broadcast the mostly forgotten film, The Spy in the Green Hat (which combined two episodes of that memorable espionage series), on the afternoon of Monday, August 18. Jack Palance guest stars.

• The dozen best detective stories ever? Elizabeth Foxwell cites a list compiled by a cadre of luminaries that included Ellery Queen, Howard Haycraft, and Vincent Starrett.

• TV Squad has the scoop on the soon-to-be comeback of NBC-TV’s Life, the standout crime drama starring Damian Lewis and the lovely Sarah Shahi. New episodes will begin airing at 10 p.m. on Monday, September 29. However, the show will move into its new time slot, on Fridays at 10 p.m., as of October 10. Oh, and a DVD set of Life’s first season is due in stores on September 2.

• The latest fashion accessory for women? You won’t believe it.

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