Thursday, June 10, 2010

Doing the Rounds

• As Thrilling Days of Yesteryear reminds us, today would’ve been the 92nd birthday of actor Barry Morse, who played Lieutenant Philip Gerard, the relentless tracker of alleged murderer Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen), in the 1963-1967 TV series The Fugitive. Unfortunately, Morse passed away in early 2008.

• Joan Schenkar’s much-talked-about book, The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith (St. Martin’s Press), has won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography.

• Michael Carlson interviews author Jo Nesbø (The Devil’s Star) for Shots. Meanwhile, Jason Pinter talks with his fellow author, Michael Koryta, for The Huffington Post. (Hat tip to Crime Watch.)

• Speaking of Koryta, he submits his brand-new novel, So Cold the River, to Marshal Zeringue’s famous Page 69 Test. The results are here. Zeringue also convinced South African writer Jassy Mackenzie to apply the same examination to Random Violence, her newly issued (in the States, anyway) and quite thrilling detective novel set in Johannesburg.

• Has it really been that long? TV Confidential notes that it was two years ago tonight that the final episode of The Sopranos drew 12 million viewers to cable network HBO.

• Max Allan Collins needs help in choosing a book title.

• What’s your favorite thriller? National Public Radio wants to know.

The New York Times’ Charles McGrath takes on The Killer Inside Me, the controversial new big-screen picture made from Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel of the same name.

• Absolutely outrageous! John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who currently serves as minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives (but who wants to be that chamber’s next speaker), says American taxpayers should share the exorbitant costs of cleaning up British Petroleum’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

• British author Roger “R.N.” Morris (A Razor Wrapped in Silk) says he has “started something new on Twitter. I’ll be setting up mysteries in 140 characters or less and asking people to reply with what they think the solution is.” He’s already posted a couple of these “Twisteries,” with more still to come.

• Hot topics: 10 famous arsonists.

• And with the new A-Team movie set to debut in American theaters tomorrow, TV Squad asks that all-important question, “The A-Team Cast: Where Are They Now?

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