Before making the move to Amazon Original Stories for those Nameless series novellas as well as his upcoming novel deal, Dean Koontz joined up with the company for a novella length adventure featuring a guy named Joe. The star of Ricochet Joe is a sweet fellow, a sort of Odd Thomas character who does not […]Read more "The Making of a Paladin: Dean Koontz’s Ricochet Joe"
Synopsis: In a neighborhood in the Ciudad de Mexico (aka Mexico City) the annual Pastorela (Nativity Play) is a big event. Law officer Jesus “Chucho” Juarez (Joaquin Cosio) is always cast as the devil, he knows the part by heart. However, when the priest Benito (Osami Kawano) dies of a heart attack while in the […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Pastorela"
Low budget genre film production companies usually do not stick around long enough to gain either notoriety or a reputation. Troma is one of the few that has endured. Its reputation is . . . let’s be generous and say “mixed.” Some Troma movies are worth a laugh. Many (many, many) Troma movies don’t work […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Father’s Day"
Synopsis: When private nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) finds her employer, the famous bestselling mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), in the upstairs room of his massive mansion with his throat cut, the death seems like suicide. Lieutenant Elliot (Lakeith Stanfield) and State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) are sure the case is a clear […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Knives Out"
The adventures of John Archibald Dortmunder (the beleaguered and bewildered crook who hates his middle name and ends up in the oddest escapades) have taken some strange turns (starting in the first volume of the series, in fact). The Hot Rock might have been slender in terms of page count, but it was no less […]Read more "Considering Westlake: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?"
I never would have expected Donald E. Westlake to tackle a Universal Monster movie for one of his comic crime capers. Sure, he made mention here and there about Dracula, Frankenstein, etc., often using old horror movies as a method of comparison for some of his characters or their behaviors. However, with Smoke he tackles […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Smoke"
For whatever reason, Donald E. Westlake stopped his publication of multiple books per year for a while starting around 1990. Where previous years had seen two, three or, in some more prolific times, as many as six or seven volumes finding their way into print (often employing numerous pseudonyms), he moved away from this model. […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Baby, Would I Lie?"