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E46 — For a Song by Rodney Morales — Hawaiian Noir — 5 Round Burst

Welcome to episode 46! We head out into the Pacific for a look at Hawai’ian Noir. For our featured book this time we focus on For A Song by Rodney Morales, a classic detective tale with a lot of local flavor. In Subject Unknown and 5 Round Burst we focus on more reasons to enjoy …

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E45 — Richard Stark’s The Hunter — Deep Dive — Cinema Spotlight — Five Round Burst

In Episode 45 we do a deep dive of Richard Stark’s The Hunter. Did we like it? Yes, but. . . Also in this episode, Justin discusses two classic noir films in Cinema Spotlight, and we get back to basics in Five Round Burst. Get in touch with the show: pointblanknoir@gmail.com Twitter: @pointblanknoir Facebook: Point …

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E42 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep — Neo Noir — Titanshade — Philip K. Dick

Greetings Blankers! In Episode 42, don your jet packs because we are going “back to the future” with our introduction to Philip K Dick’s sci-fi-noir classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In Subject Unknown, we discuss Neo-Noir, particularly Sci-Fi Noir. For our Featured Review, we spend time with Dan Stout‘s terrific Titanshade. Kurt also sheds …

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E41: An Easy Thing (Part 2) — Cinema Spotlight “El Che” — 5 Round Burst

Welcome to Point Blank! This time around we share another round of Coca-Cola with Paco Ignacio Taibo II as we take a deep dive into “An Easy Thing.” We both loved this book and can’t stop talking about it. In Cinema Spotlight, we still can’t get away from Paco as we look at a documentary …

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E40: An Easy Thing (Part 1) — Mexican Noir — Forgotten Classics

Welcome to Point Blank! Grab your Coke and cigarettes (the fuel for both our writer and our detective this episode) and join us for a discussion of An Easy Thing by Paco Ignacio Taibo II. I think we are both in love with Paco’s writing and he’s a pretty interesting person as well. We’ll introduce …

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E39 — Blood of the Wicked (Pt. 2) — Deep Dive — Cinema Spotlight — Five Round Burst

Welcome to Point Blank! We return to Sao Paulo, diving deep into Leighton Gage’s Blood of the WIcked, the first Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigation. We’ll also reflect on City of God (2003), a Brazilian crime film that both of us agree is a modern classic, and we give you five Brazilian crime fiction hard …

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E38: Brazilian Noir – – Books of the Decade – – Blood of the Wicked (Part 1)

Welcome to Point Blank! In this episode we travel down to the beautiful beaches, massive cities, and humid jungles of Brazil to explore Brazilian Noir. We’ll introduce Leighton Gage’s ‘Blood of the WIcked’ the first Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigation. We’ll take a look at some of the crime fiction books of the decade, and …

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E37 — Out — Natsuo Kirino — Stray Dog — Manhunt Magazine

Welcome to the second part of our feature on Natsuo Kirino’s noir classic Out. We dive deep into the text and discuss the good and the less good. Warning: spoilers aplenty so read ahead. We also review Akira Kurosawa’s film noir classic Stray Dog, look back at Black Mask’s lesser known young sibling, Manhunt Magazine, …

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E35: My Sister, The Serial Killer (Part 2) — Deep Dive — Forgotten Classics? — 5 Round Burst

Welcome to Point Blank Podcast! In Episode 35, we take a close look at two sisters; ones a killer, the other cleans up the mess. We travel to Lagos, Nigeria a place think with a gritty noir feel where we cover Oyinkan Braithwaite’s wildly popular “My Sister, The Serial Killer.” We look at the work …

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