Category Archives: Reviews

REVIEW: “STORM WARNING”

Ginger Rogers? Ronald Reagan? Doris Day? Must be some frothy Hollywood comedy. Certainly can’t be anything close to film noir. What really surprised me about this powerful 1951 noir classic is that not only had I never seen it, I had never even heard of it. It had sailed completely under my radar all these […]

“KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE” IS RE-RELEASED

The folks at Open Road Integrated Media have re-released Horace McCoy’s seminal noir novel, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye. This 1948 novel was said to have had a major influence on Jim Thompson in his first-person novels which delved deep into the criminal mind. They have also reissued McCoy’s other acclaimed work, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Here’s a […]

CHECK OUT NOIR JOURNAL

Michael Lipkin has done me the honor of featuring me and several of my titles very prominently on his terrific website, Noir Journal. It begins with a piece I wrote summarizing my introduction to noir fiction, to even the term itself, and continues with excellent reviews of The Ghosts Of Havana and Between The Devil And […]

REVIEW: “DRAWING DEAD”

DRAWING DEAD by JJ Deceglie (2011) Review by Mike Dennis “I wasn’t always an asshole.” That’s Jack Andrelli talking in the opening line of JJ Deceglie’s Drawing Dead, and then he takes the rest of this riveting noir novella trying to convince you of exactly the opposite. Andrelli is a down-and-out private investigator in Perth, […]

REVIEW: “MILDRED PIERCE”

I just received my Blu-Ray boxed set of Mildred Pierce, the HBO miniseries from 2011 directed by Todd Haynes. Nominated for twenty-one Emmys and winner of five, it’s a powerful story of a world-weary woman striving against odds for a better life. I had seen it when it originally aired several months ago and promptly […]

REVIEW: “EVERY SHALLOW CUT”

EVERY SHALLOW CUT by Tom Piccirilli (2011) Review by Mike Dennis   What’s the deal with Tom Piccirilli? Doesn’t he realize too much backstory is fatal to any novel? That it absolutely has to be woven in to the story, not dumped up front? Doesn’t he realize you need ample dialogue to move everything along? […]

HEATH LOWRANCE REVIEWS “THE GHOSTS OF HAVANA”

Heath Lowrance, a talented author if ever there was one, has just added “man of impeccable taste” to his credentials. He took the time to read The Ghosts Of Havana and write a wonderful review of it. I could stick a slick link in here to the review, but hey, I’m a simple guy, so I’ll […]

‘TIS THE SEASON…AGAIN

Christmas again. Can you believe it? I think I just celebrated New Year’s last week! I wonder why the time flies much more rapidly as you get older. Anybody got any ideas? Anyway, I thought I’d do a little post about my favorite Christmas movies. These films convey to me a Christmasy feeling, even though […]

REVIEW: “QUARRY’S EX”

QUARRY’S EX by Max Allan Collins Review by Mike Dennis “Clients opened a drawer, stuck in their hand, and I was the weapon they pulled out.” That’s Quarry talking, and he’s a professional killer. Like most in his line of work, he sees things through a very tight, all-business prism. He knows the intended targets are […]

REVIEW: “DANGER SIGNAL”

It’s too bad Zachary Scott’s movie career didn’t last longer than it did. He was tailor-made for film noir. The deceptive cheshire smile, the just-right mustache, his oily presence, his ability to portray utterly amoral characters, he had it all. Whenever you saw his name on the poster, you knew someone was going to get […]