Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bullet Points: Earth Day Edition

• If you haven’t already noticed, Evan Lewis of Davy Crockett’s Almanack has begun a series that looks back at old movie tie-in editions of crime novels and the promotional posters that were connected with them. Among the books/films highlighted thus far: The Glass Key and The Brasher Doubloon (aka The High Window).

• In January Magazine today, Jim Winter reviews The Deputy (Tyrus Books), the latest novel from Victor Gischler. “If you’ve read Gischler’s work before,” Winter writes, “you know somewhat how this story will end. You also know that The Deputy is going to be a helluva ride.”

• The forthcoming A&E series formerly known as Sugarloaf has acquired a premiere date and a new title. Now called The Glades, this police procedural is set to star Australian actor Matt Passmore as a former Chicago homicide detective who, after being accused (he says wrongly) of sleeping with his former captain’s wife, has left the Windy City to look for a new life--and discover new crimes--on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The show’s trailer makes it look pretty good. Unfortunately, A&E is launching The Glades on Tuesday, July 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), in conflict with three other winning series: USA Network’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC’s Parenthood, CBS’ The Good Wife.

• Appropriate for this Earth Day, Janet Rudolph has posted a list of crime novels that in some way feature environmental concerns.

• Anyone hoping to submit a manuscript to the 2010 Hillerman Mystery Competition should keep in mind that the deadline is June 1.

The 10 oldest books known to man.

• This weekend will bring the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, during which one of these five crime novels will receive acclaim in the Mystery/Thriller category. In Reference to Murder offers a bit more about the annual festival here.

• Could it be? A James Garner movie I’ve never seen?

The stupidest and most hateful quote of the week.

• Double O Section offers up what it’s calling a field guide to Eurospy movies available in DVD format.

• Finally, John Banville has apparently been grounded by the Iceland volcano, and has consequently had to postpone (at the very least) the New York launch of his new “Benjamin Black” novel, Elegy for April (Henry Holt). But his fans can at least read an exclusive excerpt from the book, offered by Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation.

1 comment:

le0pard13 said...

A Man Could Get Killed is a good, and hard to find, Garner film. Thanks for the shout-out, JKP.