Tag Archives | crime

Do butlers burgle banks?
Do Butlers Burgle Banks - P G Wodehouse

Read originally 19/07/2010. Reread June 2014 On my reread I enjoyed it just as much as the first time round, […]

22 Jump Street
22 Jump Street dir. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Have you seen 21 Jump Street? The film, not the tv show? Did you enjoy it? If so you’ll probably […]

An uncertain place
An Uncertain Place - Fred Vargas

Translated by Sian Reynolds. An Inspector Adamsberg novel #6 Adamsberg is in England at a European policing convention, discussing immigration […]

Beasts of the walking city
Beasts of the walking city by Del Law

Book one in the Walking Cities series Blackwell is a Hugliev, a once powerful race that have been hunted to […]

Looper
Looper

Its 2044 and time travel hasn’t been invented yet. But in thirty years time it will be. And then promptly […]

Angelmaker
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Joe Spork is  mild mannered clockmaker. He wns and runs a shop fixing clockwork devices, from clocks to Victorian dirty […]

The girl with the dragon tattoo [adaptation]
The girl with thedragon tattoo

I haven’t read any of the book in the Millenium series, nor have I seen the Swedish version of this […]

Nicholas Dane

This is the sort of book I don’t usually read. You know the ones, from the “sad story” section of the bookshop. The misery-books as I call them. But a few years ago I’d heard of Melvin Burgess as an author to look out for. I’ve read his Lady : My life as a Bitch and to be honest I wasn’t all that impressed, but I’ll always give an author a second go. So I tried this one.

In the 1980′s Nick Dane is growing up as an average, if bright kid. He comes from a single parent family, and his mother has a secret. She never got off the drugs, not completely. And in the course of having a “taste” she accidentally overdoses and Nick is left all alone in the world. Soon he finds himself carted off to a “home” for boys, and soon learns that the violence and random beatings are not the worse this place has to offer.

They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something.

I’m still a busy little bee working away and retagging old posts. I’m now up to September 2006. That’s only […]

The Sopranos

I’ve recently rewatched The Sopranos[1] well, some of the episodes I never caught in the first place, so in many […]

Columbine

I first heard about this book on Metafilter when Susan Klebold, mother of one of the killers, had an article in O Magazine. Before that I had never been interested in the shooting. Not beyond the evils of rubber-necking at some one else’s tragedy. But the discussion there seemed to suggest that this was a well-thought out and reasoned look at the community surrounding the school, as well as the killers themselves. And the author, Cullen, believed that the popular myths about the shootings shouldn’t stand unchallenged.

Gone Baby Gone

This film’s release here and in Britain was delayed for a considerable time due to the supposed similarities between the plot and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. I can see what it happened, but in reality there aren’t that many similarities. The film is about Patrick Kenzie and his “associate” Angie Gennaro who have been hired to track down a missing child, Amanda McCready. Almost at once they find out that the media story isn’t quite the truth.