Genre authority Newman’s monograph on the third – and best – Quatermass movie excellently places the film in its series, cycle and genre contexts, and isn’t afraid to be both critical and celebratory of the flick. Recommended.
Hap and Leonard protect a young woman from an East Texas crime family. The twelfth in the sequence is an action-oriented and brisk tall tale, leavened with Lansdale’s humour and by a real affection for the characters. A solid series addition.
Hiding out in a remote pub from a vengeful gang family, Tom finds his hosts are just as dangerous. Excellent darkly comic rural noir; a touch of Magnus Mills in the escalating body count. Lots to enjoy here!
After having plastic surgery, Parker agrees to an armoured car robbery. Lean noir thriller from a modern master of the genre. Not a wasted word across its 150-odd pages. My first in a series read-through of Donald E Westlake’s Stark/Parker novels.
Matthew Scudder comes out of retirement to help a friend of his partner’s. A lovely late novella-length addition to the long-running Scudder series, with meditations on love, sex, and getting old as well as a situation to resolve.
A New Orleans criminal goes on the run when he’s targeted as part of a clean-up in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination. Smart and affecting road trip/chase thriller with a romantic edge and a well-evoked time and place. Recommended.
A biography of the paedophile celebrity, balanced with the belated investigation into Savile’s crimes. Fascinating and appalling, Davies’ book is the closest we’re likely to get to unlocking Savile and understanding the cultures supporting his offending.