Tuesday, November 27, 2007
THE BEST OF THE BEST
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A FUN READ
Thursday, November 22, 2007
THOSE VERY MEAN STREETS
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
OBSESSIONS AND ICONS: SERENDIPITY
I asked about crime fiction characters that have become closely intertwined with their cities in the public imagination. Thanks to linkmeister for Matt Scudder and New York, and Maxine of Petrona and the Philly Inq for Morse and Oxford, Charlie Resnick and Nottingham, and Reg Wexford and fictional Kingsmarkham.
I had mentioned John Rebus Ian Rankin's detective and Edinburgh, wondering whether Rankin was overrated. It seemed a cruel thing to do in possibly denigrating an Icon of Scotland after Scotland 1 Italy 2!
But although the three Rebus books I had read previously, Strip Jack, Resurrection Men and Fleshmarket Close had not impressed me that much I have found The Naming of The Dead much more to my liking.
Ian Rankin has of course won an Edgar [2004 Resurrection Men], 2005 Crime Thriller of the Year [Fleshmarket Close], a Diamond Dagger 2005, Deutsche Krimi Prize, Grand Prix de Literature Policiere and an Icons of Scotland award.
He has an OBE for services to literature and four honorary doctorates, therefore one treads with great care in reviewing or commenting on his work.
Is he original? He certainly did not invent the down at heel insubordinate policeman.
Is he fun to read? Well I am 200 pages into The Naming of The Dead and not only do I like the message, but the slight school boyish Rankin humour is hooking me in.
"my own fair hands, so the spelling might not be up to to your own high journalistic standard.".
"What is it?" She was unfolding the single sheet of paper.....................
......"It's all kosher, Marie. If you don't have a use for it....."
He held out his hand to take it back.
"What's a "serial kilter"? Is that someone who can't stop making kilts?"
"Give me it back."
Ian Rankin has been marketed and branded successfully, his fame seemingly increasing as Scotland moves politically further away from England.
Perhaps because of his fame, the prizes and awards I am expecting something more than a good crime fiction book with a political message. Am I expecting The Maltese Falcon written by Sir Walter Scott?
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book, to see how the plot develops. But now there is a football game to watch..........
Footnote to the day: it seems my son was at school, and in some classes with the "Grim Reaper".
Monday, November 19, 2007
OBSESSIONS AND ICONS PART TWO
NOVEMBER QUIRKY QUIZ: THE SOLUTION
Sunday, November 18, 2007
OBSESSIONS AND ICONS PART ONE
FINE FILM SHAME ABOUT THE CINEMA
Thursday, November 15, 2007
NOVEMBER QUIRKY QUIZ
Monday, November 12, 2007
OCTOBER'S QUIRKY QUIZ: THE ELUCIDATION
Sunday, November 11, 2007
THE PLACE TO BE
Friday, November 09, 2007
PLOT OR PROSE: MORE FER-DE- LANCE
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
AMERICA'S LARGEST PRIVATE DETECTIVE
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF CRIME FICTION
Monday, November 05, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
THE BODY IN BALTIMORE
The writer, novelist, editor and critic is famously buried in Baltimore, where he died 158 years ago this month. But some scholars say the master of the macabre was living in Philadelphia when he produced much of his best work — including some of the first detective mysteries ever written.
The debate started a few weeks ago when lit-blogger Edward Pettit proposed a "literary grave robbing" in a cover story for the Philadelphia City Paper.
The Baltimore Sun shot back with an editorial titled, "We Have the Body, and We're Keeping Him."
The Philadelphia Inquirer offered its own contribution to the debate in verse.
With the writer's 200th birthday coming in 2009, Poe scholars in both towns hope the publicity will stir interest.
Friday, November 02, 2007
VIGATA ON THE SMALL SCREEN IN THE USA
Glenn Harper at International Noir Fiction is always interesting and he is favourably impressed by both Andrea Camilleri's writing and the Montalbano TV series that has not reached England yet.
His name's Cicco De Cicco his name is, Chief."
"Is he still at Montelusa Central?""Yessir, Chief. Still posted at his post."