Agent Joe Banks returns to the Quiet Village as we sip vesper martinis and geek out of the world and music of Agent 007.
• Intro (Theme from The Tiki Wonder Hour / Combustible Edison) • Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang / Elliot Fischer / Ultra Lounge 7: Crime Scene • Baron Samedi's Dance of Death / George Martin / Live and Let Die • The Man With The Golden Gun / Alice Cooper • Bond '77 / Marvin Hamlisch / The Spy Who Loved Me soundtrack • Bond Arrives In Rio & Boat Chase / John Barry / Moonraker soundtrack • For Your Eyes Only / Blondie • A Drive In The Country / Bill Conti / For Your Eyes Only soundtrack • A View To A Kill / Skye / Hollywood Mon Amour • Hercules Takes Off / John Barry / The Living Daylights soundtrack • Goldeneye / Mr. Bond / A Jazzy Cocktail Of Ice Cold Themes • One In 007, Your Time Is Up / David Arnold / The World Is Not Enough • Casino Royale (trailer score) / Pfeifer Broz. Music • Dream On James Bond, You're Winning / Herb Alpert / Casino Royale '66 • Casino Royale main theme / Ohio State University Marching Band • No Body Does It Better / Marvin Hamlisch / The Spy Who Loved Me
In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning – crowds sported black armbands in grief – and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.
Then in 1901, just as abruptly as Conan Doyle had "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Though the writer kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period was discovered to be missing, and in the decades since, has never been found.
Or has it?
When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmesophiles: the missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold – using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories – who takes up the search, both for the diary and for the killer.
In the 1930s, the world stands at the brink of war, Japan is intent on its conquest of China, and criminal masterminds are using the confusion to carve out their own empires. Into this world strides Dr. Shadows.
When his plane was shot down over Korea by the Japanese, Dr. Shadows was nearly killed, being rescued by Korean monks who nursed him back to health with an herbal treatment that turned his skin an ashen gray, but that also gives him a speed and agility unmatched by others. After years of healing and martial arts training, Dr. Shadows is back in New York where he's established the Shadows Foundation for Justice. Through this organization (and with the help of sidekicks Slugger Harris and monk and martial artist Dr. Hoon and perky Lee Han Ku (Hank)) he'll attempt to right wrongs, solve crimes, and defeat crimelords whose greed is spurring the world toward war.
Author Teel James Glenn creates a pulp-fiction hero who would have been at home with the pulp action characters of the 1930s--Doc Savage, Batman, the Shadow, and Secret Agent X, and who would have battled arch-fiends like Fu Manchu. Glenn's New York is not the glamorous stage for theater and the super-rich, but bars, Chinatown, and secret societies.
Fans of pulp fiction will enjoy the name-dropping of mostly-forgotten characters, and the careful reconstruction of an era that is now in the past and perhaps never fully existed.
As an added incentive, the book is only One Dollar for the remainder of March at booksforabuck.com!!!
Pulp goes Top Secret in this military comedy drama set in Europe during the height of the Cold War. A group of misfit MPs must confront spies and the black market while dealing with a boxing tournament on Post! Not since M*A*S*H* and Soldier In The Rain have we been treated to an inside look at military life with a touch of humor by a soldier who actually experienced it.
COLD WAR HEROES by Tom Johnson is loosely based on the author’s experience with the 202nd Military Police Company in France during the 1960s.
The latest issue of Blood ‘n’ Thunder has just been shipped to subscribers and is now available for single-copy purchase. It offers two articles for Doc Savage fans: one covers the 1985 Doc radio series broadcast over National Public Radio, the other reveals sources used (and even plagiarized) by primary series author Lester Dent while writing about the exotic locales in Doc's adventures. A lengthy and detailed piece by Robert O. Erisman, editor of the pulp line published by Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman, explains how to build a salable pulp story “brick by brick.” BnT editor Ed Hulse writes about Patria, the 1917 movie serial that sparked an international incident. Gary Lovisi and Mark Trost contribute pulp and paperback reviews, and the little-known 1940 comic-book story featuring a thinly disguised Captain Future (renamed Major Mars) is reprinted for the first time anywhere.
With this issue Blood ‘n’ Thunder returns to a quarterly publication schedule, so the price of yearly subscriptions has increased to $40 postpaid – but that’s still 30 percent less than it would cost to buy the four issues separately.
Single copies are available at $11.95 from Ed Hulse at 2467 Route 10, Bldg. 15, Apt. 4B, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. Ed also takes payments via Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas City, 1939. One story from two points of view: the hunter and the hunted. Ray Ward - seeking revenge for his brother’s death in the boxing ring. Detective Dean Fokoli - hot on a killer’s trail.
Ray’s hunt takes him underground into Kansas City’s criminal nightlife. Dean Fokoli lives there full time but he’s on the run from his own troubles. Two men racing forward to collide like a knockout punch.
A razor-edged story of revenge, redemption and what happens when you confront the ghosts of the past.
BOOKGASM’S SLADE GRAYSON HAS A COOL REVIEW TODAY OF THE PULPILICIOUS JASON DARK: GHOSTHUNTER TALES . . .
Jason Dark is a Victorian-era occult detective, part Sherlock Holmes and part Fox Mulder. He comes from a long line of Geisterjägers, which I thought was a drink enjoyed by college kids, but turns out it’s a German phrase that means “ghost buster” or “ghost hunter.” Jason carries a cane that conceals an enchanted silver sword, and is accompanied by his trusty sidekick, Siu Lin, a beautiful Chinese woman who is proficient in Wing Chun kung fu and Chinese magic.
TIRED OF SEXY, HELPFUL, VAMPIRES? TIRED OF EMPATHETIC HEROINES WHO BOND WITH THE SPAWN OF THE DEAD? THEN IT’S TIME TO RETURN TO SCHOOL – OLD SCHOOL . . .
Old School, a traditional horror collection born of seven twisted minds, invites you back to a time when vampires and werewolves were monsters who made humans quiver in terror. Fourteen short tales offered by David Dunwoody, Jackie Gamber, R. Scott McCoy,Natalie L. Sin, Horace James, Gregory L. Hall, and Louise Bohmer, all tied together by selected poems from Zombie Zak.
Old School reminds one of terrors best not forgotten. Within these pages, evil children terrorize, witches gather the teeth of the young, cosmic blobs eat the world, while creepy crawlies ruin a man’s life and a headless ghost seeks revenge. Wander down this spooky path with poems and stories that revive our nightmares about golems, harpies, and other forgotten creatures.
USA Network has acquired the rights to develop a two-hour movie starring Mark Harmon based on the best-selling series of PREY novels by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Sandford. The announcement was made today by Jeff Wachtel, president, USA original programming and co-head of original content, Universal Cable Productions. Michael Jaffe and Howard Braunstein of Jaffe-Braunstein Films, LTD (“The Informant,” “The Client List“) will produce the movie set to begin production in May.
Chris Gerolmo (“Citizen X,” “Mississippi Burning”) adapted the script from the novel. In addition to starring, Harmon will also executive produce alongside Jaffe and Braunstein.
“Mark Harmon could read the phone book and we’d probably want to put it on the air!” said Wachtel. “With Mark, Chris, Howard and Michael bringing to life the iconic character of Lucas Davenport – that really promises to be something special.”
There are over 20 bestsellers in the PREY series of novels. The movie is based on the 10th novel, CERTAIN PREY, where writer John Sandford pits his popular antihero, Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport, against a duo unlike any he’s ever encountered; a lethal hit woman and a ferociously cunning killer determined to hunt him down.
WRITER, INDEXER, PRESERVATIONIST EXTRODINAIRE STEVE HOLLAND GIVES US THE LOW-DOWN ON A FORTHCOMING PROJECT . . . I’M BUYING IT SIMPLY ON THE STRENGTH OF THE GREAT TITLE . . .
The long-time-coming Mean Streetmaps collection, which has been sitting on my list of upcoming books since 2009, was always intended as a Bear Alley Books project, something I was going to slip in amongst the comics' reprints. Then that plan imploded and I've had the book sitting around waiting to be finished ever since.
Mean Streetmaps is a collection of essays, most of them originally written for Crime Time magazine. As I was rarely given an editorial brief, I ended up writing on a range of subjects that interested me on the broad theme of crime in books and movies. So there are pieces about the origins of Black Mask and hardboiled fiction, essays on Mickey Spillane, W. R. Burnett, Len Deighton, James M. Cain and some of the British gangster writers of the 1950s: Griff, Ben Sarto, Dail Ambler and Pete Costello. Then there's the films of Joe Eszterhas, David Fincher and Edward D. Wood (Hollywood's worst ever filmmaker), the story of Sexton Blake's most infamous enemy, Zenith, and my take on George Orwell's famous rant about "Raffles and Miss Blandish".
I'm doing this as a very low print run hardback, so it'll be pricey. But I hope a few of you will give it a try. 240 pages, hardback in dustjacket. You can see the dustjacket cover at the top of this column. The price and ordering information will be sorted out within the next week or so. You'll know about five minutes after I've figured it all out.
THE CRAZIEST FOR ALL YOU CATS WITH THE BEAT – DIG IT . . .
Don Elliot - Voca Jazz Babs Gonzales - You Need Connections Albert Ammons - Mr. Bell Boogie John Barry 7 - Beat Girl Phillipa Fallon - High School Drag Vince Guaraldi - Fenwyk Farfel Langston Hughs / Leonard Feather - Blues Montage Fred Engelberg - The Magic Lamp Judy Henske - Iskadara & Dodi 'Li Duke Jordan Trio - Just One Of Those Things Jamaica Johnny Cayonne - I Rode An Angel Illinois Jacquet - One Nighter Boogie / Port Of Rico Don Elliot - Blues For Max Hank Garland - Pop Goes The Weasel
Best known for his 1956 debut novel, A Twist Of Sand, South African born author Geoffrey Jenkins is a master of the sea-going adventure to rival Hammond Innes or Alistair MacLean.
Jenkins often imaginatively wove fact into the fictional fabric of his novels. Scend Of The Sea is a perfect example of his technique – taking the Bermuda Triangle-type sinking of the Blue Anchor ocean liner Waratah off the coast of South Africa in 1909, the disappearance of a Viscount airliner belonging to South African Airlines in the same area in 1976, and tying them together to produce a story resolving the mysteries in a high stakes and imaginatively satisfying way.
SCEND OF THE SEA
In 1909, the crack Blue Anchor liner, the Waratah, sinks without trace, or survivors, off the coast of South Africa. In 1967, the Gemsbok, a Viscount airliner of South African Airways disappears in exactly the same place.
To some it is merely an uncanny mystery. To others a tragedy. People like Ian Fairlie, captain of the weather ship Walvis Bay--whose father was the pilot of the Gemsbok and whose grandfather was the first officer of the Waratah.
Ian Fairlie has sworn that he will resolve the mystery. But to do so, he must face cyclonic winds and mountainous seas, risking his ship, his life and the woman he loves...
Dramatically linking the incidents via three generations of Fairlies – Douglas Fairlie, first officer of the Waratah, Bruce Fairlie pilot of the Viscount, and Ian Fairlie, the novel’s hero – brilliantly personalizes the venture for the reader and ratchets up the tension.
In the face of official opposition, in the face of terrifying seas and gales, risking career and life, Ian Failie is determined to break the deadly fate that had trapped other Fairlies, and proved his obsession is justified – all leading to a tremendous climax.
This is not Indiana Jones, Dirk Pitt, pulp-style adventure. This is the real deal, the high adventure genre at its best – pitting a man and his obsession against all the forces of nature. Great stuff . . .
We've just finished up Winter Issue #118, which should be hitting newsstands and mailboxes early next week.
In the new issue, author Robert Crais discusses his latest Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel, The Sentry, and Jill Paton Walsh talks about the challenges of continuing Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. Also, Lawrence Block recalls his friend Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain), Kevin Burton Smith nominates Kalinda Sharma from The Good Wife as the "Best 'Tec on TV," and you won't want to miss the latest and final installment of our Book Collecting series.
We also sit down for a chat with Steve Hockensmith, author of the Holmes on the Range adventures about two cowpoke brothers turned detectives. A special online exclusive review of The World's Greatest Sleuth, which we're sharing with you first, appears in this newsletter.
And for your first look exclusive on March's Writers on Reading essay author Simon Tolkien weighs in on John le Carré's classic, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Last but not least, Publisher Brian Skupin and I will both be attending Left Coast Crime March 24-27 in Santa Fe, New Mexico later this month. If you're also in town, please stop and say hello!
I REALLY ENJOYED VASQUEZ DEBUT NOVEL IN THE HEAT AND LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING INTO HIS LATEST . . .
Riley James was small-time, just a kid running messages and money for the Monsanto Brothers, the real players in Belize City. Then one slip in judgment left two men dead. The Monsantos handled the situation for their young protégé – but accepting this favor put Riley inescapably in their debt.
Now, years later, he’s a pro picking up drug drops under the Coast Guard’s nose and guiding boats through the reefs, which was something he wanted as a kid but not anymore. He wants out once and for all, and to cancel his debt, he makes a deal with the Monsantos to do one last run. It’s Riley’s last chance to scrape back to even, to nothing, to a place where he hasn’t been since he was just a kid.
Shamus Award winner Ian Vasquez is a rising star in the world of noir, and he reaches new heights with Mr. Hooligan, a gripping, hardboiled story of a man fighting to escape to a new life – or die trying.
I ADMIT I USUALLY STAY AWAY FROM MYSTERIES INVOLVING PETS, ESPECIALLY DOG OR CAT RELATED MYSTERIES, HOWEVER, I COULDN'T RESIST THIS COVER OR TITLE AND FIGURED I’D GIVE IT A TRY . . .
Lauren Vancouver is the head of HotRescues, a no-kill animal shelter north of Los Angeles, but it's often human nature that puts her in the path of danger. Just like when she helps rescue four adorable beagle puppies that were dumped down a drainpipe at a nasty puppy mill.
One of the mill's employees has a history of dog abuse-and a bone to pick with Lauren. And when he's found dead at HotRescues after threatening her, Lauren will have to sniff out the real killer to keep herself out of a cage...
Through the mists of time, from an age almost forgotten, comes a lost blade once wielded by a man who held much of the civilized world under his power. Three thousand years later, a different tyrant has similar dreams. Can the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel keep such a powerful talisman out of his hands? Can even a disciple of an old friend defend them from the... Sword of the Sun King?
"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me. But you can call me Mike."
Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all.
It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.
Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you've ever seen in the world of crime fiction.
On the show this week, we look at the life of the recently departed Jane Russell, open up the cocktail nation feedback line, look at the world of swank, and get life help with Ask Koop. In our swank advice, we will look at the various terms attached to invitations that often confuse people when it comes to events.
Martini Kings ~ Nothin But Time Shagxotica ~ Blue Scooter Jane Russell ~ Love For Sale Si Zenter ~ Mr Lucky Pink Martini ~ Nina Nanna Dave Bruebeck ~ Audrey George Shearing ~ How High the Moon Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica ~ Arab Dance Georgie Auld ~ You're My Thrill Liz Geyson ~ You turn me on baby Quincy Jones ~ One Note Samba Janet Seidel ~ Miami Beach Rhumba HB RADKE ~ This Guy'S In Love Billy May ~ The Continental
Next Wednesday (March 9, 2011), Moonstone Books releases Honey West #3, the first part of the trilogy story "Murder On Mars" by writer Elaine Lee and artist Ronn Sutton. This three issue story arc features fictional detective Honey West joining the cast of a mid-1960s low-budget science fiction B movie ("Amazons of Mars") to investigate the murder of the film's starlet, Zu Zu Varga. Honey must find out if the culprit is a scheming ingenue, a down-on-his-luck director, a jealous agent or an aging teen heartthrob.
This storyline runs through Honey West issues #3, 4 and 5, after which time artist Ronn Sutton will be penciling and inking some other Honey West projects in 2011. "I'm currently wrapping up the artwork on my third issue" comments Sutton. "I've spent a lot of time drawing these issues, so to speed things up a little I've brought in a model with a belly dancing and burlesque background to help me create all the major Honey West poses in issue #5".
The character Honey West was created in the late 1950s by Gloria and Forest Fickling for a series of detective novels that they would write until 1971. In 1965, Anne Francis starred in a Honey West TV series after the character first made a brief appearance on the Burke's Law TV show.
"I'm having a lot of fun working on these issues" Sutton said. "In the original novels Honey West was a much sexier character than she was portrayed on television. So I'm trying to re-instate that. The story takes place in 1965 and I've worked hard to visually recreate that era: the hairstyles, clothes, furniture, etc. The mid-60s was also probably the last hurrah for that very girly-girl sex kitten image. That's what I'm trying to bring to my version of Honey. She's very alluring, well-built and she's always on the verge of spilling out of her clothes".
Sutton knows a fair bit about drawing sexy women after having drawn issues of Claypool Comics' Elvira, Mistress of the Dark for nine years. Prior to that he had worked on a number of other female protagonists such as Draculina, the vampress Luxura, a Vampira movie comic, and She-Dragon (for the Savage Dragon animated TV series).
"I'm attempting to portray a very specific look, something that was fleeting and now is long gone. But you see a certain sexiness in the way women dressed then, the way they walked, a particular sort of sexy sophistication that disappeared when Go-Go, hippie and unisex styles invaded".
Honey West is published by Moonstone Books. Each issue is 32 color pages for $3.99. The comic ships with three variant covers including one photo cover of Honey West actress Anne Francis who passed away on January 2nd 2011. Script by Elaine Lee, pencil and ink art by Ronn Sutton, colors by Ken Wolak.