Dead Lagoon, by Michael Dibdin

I hadn’t intended to write another review on Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen series, but with the news, firstly, that the BBC is running three movie length programs based on the books and, secondly, that Rufus Sewell (swoon) is playing the lead, I couldn’t help myself. Sewell will be perfect for the part - tall, dark... Continue Reading →

Ratking, by Michael Dibdin

I first learned about Michael Dibdin and the Aurelio Zen series whilst perusing Men’s Journal in the library one day. Having just finished the Stieg Larsson trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed it (mostly), I was excited to read of some Larsson read-a-likes. The fact that Dibdin situates his novels in Italy was also part of the... Continue Reading →

The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain

Hardboiled fiction entered the literary scene in the 1920’s and is “distinguished by an unsentimental portrayal of crime, violence and sex.” A subset of this genre is Noir fiction, and James M. Cain’s 1934 novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is one of its earliest and most salient contributions. Noir fiction is characteristically dark with... Continue Reading →

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