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Into the West - Bouchercon 2010

As THD prepares for the coming Bouchercon in October, the current website for the Conference has posted the submissions for 2010. There is the submission from San Francisco, Cauleefornah and a submission from Tempe, Arizona. There was also one sumbission for 2011. I imagine that will turn up on the B'Con website in a day or two.

We have some thoughts. First I think this is a great idea. Posting the whys and what-fors before the sites are voted on has the enticement of encouraging as many conference goers as possible to attend the vote in Baltimore. I think these posts insure that this will occur. I know a representative from THD will be in attendance. I will have to speak with a lawyer to cede voting authority to this yet unnamed person.

San Francisco - This is a tough one, primarily because of the hotel costs. However, what you trade in higher hotel costs you could possibly save in some flexible travel options. Flying to Oakland has the luxury of being a bit closer than SFO and g…

Purchase Report

You know the drill by this point. I buy more books than I can read to the extent that I worry I will die before reading them all. Lets get on with the depression...

L.A. Outlaws - T. Jefferson Parker
Oh dear. Not another T. Jefferson Parker book? Perhaps one of these days THD will carve out some time to read some of this author's work. We'll break down and make one of his books next. Not this one. Probably one of the Edgar winners, Silent Joe or California Girl.

Slip of the Knife - Denise Mina
Third in the Paddy Meehan series, and retitled for the US. UK readers know the book as The Last Breath. THD has had the second 'Paddy' book near the top of the to be read pile for some time now. And this is not likely to change for at least for one more book. Stuart MacBride, our current read, is a fellow Scot and... well... you can't follow up a Scot with another Scot. It is just not done. I'm sure you understand.

Sins of the Assassin - Robert Ferringo
This books falls into th…

2008 Crime Writers Association Awards

Announcement of the 2008 Crime Writers Association Awards was made last week. THD's delay in highlighting these awards has everything to do with the 8 trillion degree heat that has made its way through Western New York. In an effort to go green this year the THD offices are not air conditioned. Spending time in front of the computer was more than we could manage. That and the fact that THD has been watching the third season of Lost in and effort to catch up with the season 5 premiere in January.

We posted a few of our picks for the CWA awards about a month ago. We've linked to each of the awards and what we love about this is the inclusion of Judge's notes. Short of publishing the actual tally of votes this is fascinating insight into why the book won.

Duncan Lawrie Dagger
Blood From Stone - Frances Fyfield
The Tin Roof Blowdown - James Lee Burke
Coroner's Lunch - Colin Cotterill
Night Work - Steve Hamilton
What the Dead Know - Laura Lippman
A Vengeful Longing - RN Morris

THD d…

Cild 44- Review

Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
Where to start with this book? The reviews for it have been hysterically positive. And I am not going to be the lone voice of dissent.

It is a very good book that is less about the crime than the people who inhabit Soviet Russia circa 1953. And I guess this is true of great crime fiction. Great characters bring you back for more. However, my overall feeling is that the 'crime' of this fiction is just a subterfuge for Smith to delve into the grotesqueness of every day Soviet life. The who, how, and why-done-it are never nearly as important as the day in the life aspects of Soviet citizens. Child 44 is billed as serial killer novel, now that is probably too reductive, but the book is called Child 44. I don't think there are any illusions what those 44 children refer too. And while I am sure a substantial portion of the book is devoted to the 'serial killer' it certainly is not the best part of the book or at least the most memorable.

The craft i…

The Evil That Men Do - Review

The Hungry Detective (THD) has spent the last few days picking away at a post that would encompass a few books that we have read in the past couple weeks. Unfortunately it was taking forever to write. THD read a couple of James Lee Burke novels and writing the notes for both books has been problematic. I loved both books. Heck we read them back to back. In the Moon of the Red Ponies and Crusaders Cross reminded me why James Lee Burke is the best that Crime Fiction has to offer..... bar none. It made us excited to read James Lee Burke again. But that is not the purpose of this post.

The Evil That Men Do - Dave White
THD thinks the casting of Charles Bronson as Jackson Donne is inspired! With CGI I am sure they can shed a few years from the Bronson's craggy mug. Rarely does Hollywood get 'it' right, but Hollywood got it right. I must have missed this in the theaters, but this will.... hmmmm... what now? Sorry, the Film Desk is in the office trying tell me that this has nothing…