Nun of That, Norman!: Psycho III

Synopsis: Close on the heels of Psycho II (1982) comes the second sequel to Hitchcock’s seminal horror film. Here we open with a woman responsible for a terrible tragedy in her nunnery fleeing an accidental crime with bag in hand. Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid) once thought her calling was to the lord, but she has […]

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Blood, Bewilderment and Bad Luck: Jeff Strand’s Lost Homicidal Maniac (Answers to “Shirley”)

The fourth Andrew Mayhem novel took a while to gestate, but when it arrived it seemed like no time at all had passed for our plucky, beleaguered hero. After a brief and surprisingly touching introduction, which recounts Andrew Mayhem’s relationship with his parents as well as the imparting of such nuggets of wisdom as “I […]

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Considering Westlake: Get Real

On December 31, 2008, Donald E. Westlake suffered a heart attack while on vacation with his wife Abby in Mexico. The final Richard Stark novel Dirty Money had been on stands in hardback for eight months at that point. The final novel Westlake worked on for publication would not appear for another seven months and, […]

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Movie Mondays: Robot & Frank

Synopsis: Frank (Frank Langella) is a “retired” jewel thief and second story man, a father of two, lover of many women, divorced/separated, and living alone in an upstate New York of the near future. His memories are slipping a tad, restaurants he can remember eating at last week have been gone for months or years, […]

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A Second Helping of Mayhem: Jeff Strand’s Single White Psychopath Seeks Same

After the quirky, likable Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) introduced us to the world of Andrew Mayhem, guy for hire, Jeff Strand returned with the next adventure, Single White Psychopath Seeks Same. We open with Andrew “tied to a chair in a filthy garage while a pair of tooth-deprived lunatics” (page 5) torment him with […]

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The Danger of Taking Odd Jobs: Jeff Strand’s Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary)

Early in Jeff Strand’s career, he kicked off a series following the exploits of a guy with the unlikely but not completely unbelievable name of Mayhem. Andrew Mayhem. My tip of the hat to James Bond is almost justified; Andrew may not be hypercapable or equipped with all the latest gadgets available to Her Majesty’s […]

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