crime fiction

E44 — Intro to Richard Stark’s The Hunter — Forgotten Classics? — Subject Unknown — Donald Westlake

Hey, Blankers! In Episode 44 we introduce Richard Stark’s The Hunter, featuring the antihero of antiheroes, no-sense thief & miscreant Parker. Wrong Parker once, and you best watch your back. Also in this episode, Kurt shares a Forgotten Classic, Nightmare Alley, we chat about Crime Fiction in the age of Pandemic, & we learn a …

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E42 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep — Neo Noir — Titanshade — Philip K. Dick

Greetings Blankers! In Episode 42, don your jet packs because we are going “back to the future” with our introduction to Philip K Dick’s sci-fi-noir classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In Subject Unknown, we discuss Neo-Noir, particularly Sci-Fi Noir. For our Featured Review, we spend time with Dan Stout‘s terrific Titanshade. Kurt also sheds …

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E41: An Easy Thing (Part 2) — Cinema Spotlight “El Che” — 5 Round Burst

Welcome to Point Blank! This time around we share another round of Coca-Cola with Paco Ignacio Taibo II as we take a deep dive into “An Easy Thing.” We both loved this book and can’t stop talking about it. In Cinema Spotlight, we still can’t get away from Paco as we look at a documentary …

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E40: An Easy Thing (Part 1) — Mexican Noir — Forgotten Classics

Welcome to Point Blank! Grab your Coke and cigarettes (the fuel for both our writer and our detective this episode) and join us for a discussion of An Easy Thing by Paco Ignacio Taibo II. I think we are both in love with Paco’s writing and he’s a pretty interesting person as well. We’ll introduce …

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E39 — Blood of the Wicked (Pt. 2) — Deep Dive — Cinema Spotlight — Five Round Burst

Welcome to Point Blank! We return to Sao Paulo, diving deep into Leighton Gage’s Blood of the WIcked, the first Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigation. We’ll also reflect on City of God (2003), a Brazilian crime film that both of us agree is a modern classic, and we give you five Brazilian crime fiction hard …

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E37 — Out — Natsuo Kirino — Stray Dog — Manhunt Magazine

Welcome to the second part of our feature on Natsuo Kirino’s noir classic Out. We dive deep into the text and discuss the good and the less good. Warning: spoilers aplenty so read ahead. We also review Akira Kurosawa’s film noir classic Stray Dog, look back at Black Mask’s lesser known young sibling, Manhunt Magazine, …

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E36: Out (Part 1) — Natsuo Kirino — Japanese Noir — Dog Eared Classics

In Episode 36, we head as far east as we’re going to go on on our Noir Trip Around the World as we take you to the industrial wastelands of working class Tokyo with our introduction to Natsuo Kirino’s very popular and controversial crime noir, Out. In Subject Unknown, we chat about Japanese Noir, and …

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E35: My Sister, The Serial Killer (Part 2) — Deep Dive — Forgotten Classics? — 5 Round Burst

Welcome to Point Blank Podcast! In Episode 35, we take a close look at two sisters; ones a killer, the other cleans up the mess. We travel to Lagos, Nigeria a place think with a gritty noir feel where we cover Oyinkan Braithwaite’s wildly popular “My Sister, The Serial Killer.” We look at the work …

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E34: My Sister, The Serial Killer (Part 1) — Blood Sugar Review — Nigerian Noir

In Episode 34, we are off to Nigeria for a look at the riveting tale of two sisters, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite From the title you’d probably guess one is in fact a killer, and the other gets really good at cleaning up the mess. We introduce Braithwaite’s novel and review …

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