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E56 — Five Round Reviews

In Episode 56, we review the hell out of nearly a dozen books, + a couple films!

We review:

Run Man Run by Chester Himes
Plan B by Chester Himes
Darktown by Thomas Mullen

The Man with the Getaway Face by Richard Stark
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley

M. Ravenel’s The Arrangement
Champagne Cowboys by Leo W. Banks
Freebooters : A Novel by Elleston Trevor

Satan Takes the Helm by Calvin Clements
The Shadow of What We Were by Luis Sepulveda
Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand

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2 thoughts on “E56 — Five Round Reviews”

  1. Pingback: Staying Persistent – M. Ravenel

  2. I share Justin’s conviction that crime fiction should scrutinize police systems. That’s one of the reasons I set my own noir novel, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, in 1947 Hollywood where the police (along with local government and the media) were in the pocket of the major studios, where many key studio figures carried get-out-of-jail-free cards and law enforcement cooperated in the cover-up of the bad behavior and even the crimes of the stars. Two of my favorite characters are the warm and folksy but totally corrupt Sheriff of Catalina Island and the brutal, bent L.A. County sheriff, both of whom punish my narrator hero for attempting to tell the truth.

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