Thriller Writer Geoffrey Household on Existential Ennui

On the surface, Donald “Richard Stark” Westlake and British author Geoffrey Household would seem to have little in common. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find . . . they still have little in common—beyond the fact that they both wrote thrillers, Westlake/Stark wrote a novel called The Hunter, and […]

Win Ilex Gift classic comics Journals, Postcard Books, Little Books, and Magnet Set on Existential Ennui

Here’s one for those of a comics bent: I’ve just posted a giveaway on Existential Ennui to win all of the items seen above, courtesy of Ilex Gift, the gift wing of Ilex Press, the publisher I make a (meager) living at by day. Up for grabs are SIX Little Books—Vintage […]

Elmore Leonard, Raylan Givens, and Justified on Existential Ennui

Just over a year ago on Existentiul Ennui I posted a series of reviews of Elmore Leonard‘s crime fiction stories featuring US Marshal Raylan Givens—the novels Pronto (1993) and Riding the Rap (1995) and the short story “Fire in the Hole” (2002), plus an introductory piece—comparing them to the TV show […]

Reviews: The Dead Man–Face of Evil (#1) by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin and Ring of Knives (#2) by James Daniels

Dead Man #1: Face of Evil


Matt Cahill is having a tough time of it. First, his wife Janey dies from cancer. A year later, he is perhaps willing to entertain the idea of seeing another woman. Their first date is to a ski lodge, where he hits the slopes and is promptly buried by an […]

Breaking news: Queen of Spy Writers Helen MacInnes returns to print in 2012!

Ever-so-slightly off-topic with this one, but I know a fair few Violent World regulars appreciate a spot of spy fiction as well as crime fiction: I’ve just broken the news over on Existential Ennui that spy novelist Helen MacInnes—author of, among others, Above Suspicion, The Venetian Affair, and The Salzburg Connection […]

Darwyn Cooke’s The Score coming sooner than expected, plus Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter Alpha

I was not expecting this until late in the year. Surprise!

Darwyn Cooke’s third full-length Parker adaptation, The Score, arrives in May. The above promo poster (I don’t know if they’re actually making a printed promo poster or if it’s only an Internet poster) was just released.

And that’s all the news I have […]

Off topic: brazen plug for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy competition

Just a quick one for those of you who like a spot of spy fiction: to mark the general release in the States today of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson’s film adaptation of John le Carré’s classic Cold War thriller, I’m running a competition over on Existential Ennui to win […]

Off topic: Donald E. Westlake sci-fi delayed, John le Carré / George Smiley on Existential Ennui

Apologies for the radio silence on the Violent World of Parker blog, but I’ve been a bit distracted with some rather involved blogging over on my other, er, blog, Existential Ennui. Fear not: my series on the science fiction magazine stories of Donald E. Westlake will resume shortly, and after that’s […]

Parker Progress Report: a review of Dead Skip by Joe Gores and Plunder Squad by Richard Stark

Did we all check out my exclusive little Q&A with Dexter creator Jeff Lindsay on my own books blog, Existential Ennui on Monday? And if not, why not? If that short interview tickled your fancy, Jeff is popping up on a handful of other British blogs this week as part of […]

Off topic: a short, exclusive interview with Dexter creator and author Jeff Lindsay, over on Existential Ennui

Jeff Lindsay photo Copyright © Ed Miller

Slight change of plan: as I mentioned on Wednesday, I had intended my next post on The Violent World of Parker to be on Joe Gores‘s Dead Skip, but I’ve just posted a short interview over on my other blog, Existential Ennui, which I figured […]