Point Blank Podcast: Episodes

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E16: Queenpin (pt. 2) — Deep Discussion — Megan Abbott

All Abbott! All Queenpin! We discuss this wonderful neo-noir tale from one of the “Queens of Noir.” There are spoilers, as we do discuss the whole book, but we believe this one is worth more than one read. Get in Touch! Join our Goodreads Group Visit our Patreon Email Us Facebook Twitter Don’t forget to rate …

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E15: Queenpin (pt. 1) — Megan Abbott — Antiheroes — 5 Round Burst

Discussion! Reviews! Antiheroes! We introduce Megan Abbott’s “Queenpin,” talk films, review a few books, and have an interesting talk about antiheroes thanks to a listener question. Books Reviewed: “Paradise Travel” by Jorge Franco “Among the Thugs” by Bill Buford “She Rides Shotgun” by Jordan Harper “Lamentation” by Joe Clifford “Dark Harbor: The War for the New York …

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E14: The Maltese Falcon (pt. 2) — Deep Discussion

Look at this dingus! It’s “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. This episode we dive deep into the falcon while discussing the book, ’80’s cartoons, Communist presses, and gunsels. Get in Touch! Join our Goodreads Group Visit our Patreon Email Us Facebook Twitter Don’t forget to rate us on Apple Podcasts and share the show with …

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E13: The Maltese Falcon (Pt 1) — 5 Round Burst — North & Central

Look at this dingus! It’s part 1 of our discussion of The Maltese Falcon, perhaps the most well known book in all of crime fiction. In this episode we tease out a few of our initial thoughts on the book and suggest you give it a read before part 2. We discuss the lost Hammett …

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E12: The Doomsters (Pt. 2) — Ross MacDonald — Deep Dive

Greetings! Welcome to part 2 of our discussion of Ross Macdonald’s “The Doomsters. We run down the basic plot of the book, discuss Macdonald’s life and dig deep into the themes and characters in this important transition novel in the Archer series. “The Doomsters” may not be the best known of the Archer novels, but …

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The Doomsters (Pt 1) — Ross Macdonald — Really Stupid Mysteries

Welcome to the new format! Part 1 of our discussion of Ross Macdonald’s “The Doomsters.’ We introduce the book, give some short reviews, discuss the writing life of Ross Macdonald aka Ken Millar and Margaret Millar, and go bird-watching in a really stupid mystery series. Get in Touch! Join our Goodreads Group Visit our Patreon …

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The Postman Always Rings Twice — James M. Cain — 5 Round Burst

Ring! Ring! It’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” by James M. Cain. We discuss this excellent work and just how much is packed into this little novel. Great plotting, interesting characters, and cats! Hungry? James Cain also wrote extensively about food including a love of muskrat and midnight spaghetti. We talk about his culinary legacy …

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E9: Night Has A Thousand Eyes — Cornell Woolrich — Investigative Gaming — 5 Round Burst

Like the looming dread in a Cornell Woolrich novel we are back with another episode. Is Woolrich really the master of noir suspense that so many have claimed? We discuss this point while looking at the book Night Has A Thousand Eyes. Of course we also do some reviews and Kurt talks about investigative gaming. Books …

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E8: The Real Cool Killers — Chester Himes — 5 Round Burst

Welcome to the lost episode. Plagued by technical problems, we are happy to finally be able to bring you episode 6. “The Real Cool Killers” by Chester Himes. Himes was a revolutionary writer and thinker in crime fiction and was an influential contributor to 20th Century African-American fiction. His work deserves to be better known. …

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