Wednesday, February 11, 2009

In Passing

• Picking up on my Rap Sheet post of the other day, in which I compiled the front covers of different editions of Turn on the Heat, by A.A. Fair (aka Erle Stanley Gardner), blogger-author Patti Abbott has done the same thing with jackets from James M. Cain’s Serenade, a novel originally published in 1937. You can see her collection here. If anyone else would like to tag onto this meme, please let me know where I can find your selection of classic crime-fiction fronts, and I’ll mention it in this blog. UPDATE: Ben Boulden of the blog Gravetapping has taken me up on this challenge. Click here to see his collection of covers from Alistair MacLean’s first novel, HMS Ulysses (1955).

• Michael Carlson has posted a fine interview with Dennis Lehane, in which they discuss Lehane’s The Given Day, parallels between the historical events in that story and present-day concerns, actor Casey Affleck’s interpretation of private eye Patrick Kenzie, and more.

• It looks as if the rumors are true: The excellent British TV series Foyle’s War is going to return with three new episodes.

January Magazine’s latest “Author Snapshot” looks at Alan Bradley, Canadian author of the forthcoming novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

• CBS-TV is making available to Web browsers episodes of such vintage series as Have Gun, Will Travel, Hawaii Five-O, Perry Mason, Twilight Zone, and MacGyver. Click here to watch.

• Patrick Shawn Bagley asks 10 crime writers--including Michael Haskins, Sophie Littlefield, and Dave Zeltserman--to name their “pivotal books.” Look here for their responses.

• Daphne Uviller submits her novel, Super in the City, to Marshal Zeringue’s Page 69 Test. The results are here.

• And finally, Euro Crime’s Karen Meek gives us a preview of four promising crime novels, all set in Africa and all due for publication over the next few months.

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