Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Catching up on the news 

Manuel Vazquez Montalban , the author of several crime novels (mostly published in English by Serpent's Tail) died over the weekend.

The premiere issue of Bullet Magazine is out now. It's a new crime fiction magazine devoted to short-short stories. Ten appear here, including one by Noir Original Allan Guthrie.

Various Washington Post reviews include one for Stephen Hunter's Havana by David Morrell and Patrick Anderson's take on Frederick Forsyth's latest.

Over at the Guardian, Mark Lawson likes Stephen Bochco's debut novel, and there's far too much on Patricia Cornwell. The jacket flap alone from the latest book had me shaking my head. But naturally it'll do fabulously on the bestseller lists as readers clamor for the next installment in the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Super Kay...oh wait, that's a totally different book.

Roger Simon offers up his Best Movie list as a reaction to the BBC's Big 100 Books List.

New York Times: There's Janet Maslin's long review of J.M. Coetzee's ELIZABETH COSTELLO, and a few days late is Stasio's new crime column. In a nutshell: positive for Sara Paretsky, a rave for Peter Straub, she has some issues with Jim Fusilli's new one, but likes Barbara Cleverly's.

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