Saturday Film Noir: The Big Heat (1953)

The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Lee Marvin. It is about a cop who takes on the crime syndicate that controls his city after the brutal murder of his beloved wife. The film was written by former crime reporter Sydney Boehm based on a serial by William P. McGivern which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, and was published as a novel in 1952.



Currently Reading: The Rule Book by Rob Kitchin


I’ve just finished reading La mujer de verde by Arnaldur Indridason (English title Silence of the Grave). And when I opened the post today I found Rob Kitchin’s The Rule Book. I cannot wait to start reading it.

Synopsis: April in the Wicklow mountains and a young woman is found dead, seemingly sacrificed. Accompanying her body is Chapter One of “The Rule Book” – a self-help guide for serial killers. The case is assigned to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and headed by Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy. Since the recent death of his wife, McEvoy is a shadow of his former self – two stones lighter with a wardrobe of ill-fitting suits, struggling to quite the cigarettes that killed his wife, and still getting used to being a single parent. Less than twenty-four hours later a second murder is committed. Self-claiming the title ‘The Raven’, the killer starts to taunt the police and the media. When the third body is discovered it is clear that The Raven intends to slaughter one victim each day until “The Rule Book” is published in full. With the pressure from his superiors, the press, and politicians rising, McEvoy goes after a killer that is seemingly several steps ahead.

Is the “Rule Book” as definitive as The Raven claims?

Rob Kitchin works at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth where he directs a research institute. He has published 17 non-fiction books to date. The Rule Book is his first novel. Kitchin’s second novel The White Gallows will be release on June 12, 2010.

The Rule Book has been reviewed, among others, by: International Noir Fiction, DJS Krimiblog, Reactions to Reading, Kittling Books. Crime Scraps, and Crime Watch is also currently reading.

9mm: An interview with Rob Kitchin

Amazon UK

Rob Kitchin Website

Rob Kitchin blog The View from the Blue House

Interview with Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

I’d like to share with anyone who reads this blog the following interview with Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza. What caught my attention first was to discover that he published his first book when he was 60 years old. Click here.

Saturday Film Noir – The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950), directed by John Huston, is based on the novel of the same title by W. R. Burnett. The film tells the story of a group of men planning and executing a jewel robbery. It was selected in 2008 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In Spain  The Asphalt Jungle was released as La jungla del asfalto, aka Mientras la ciudad duerme.



>My Last Acquisition


requiems for the departed NadieBooket

I bought yesterday Nadie vale más que otro (Nobody is worth more than another) by Lorenzo Silva. 

By the way this is a collection of short stories. In the link here you can find a translation of one of the stories, A routine assignment. Unfortunately Silva’s books have not been translated yet.

More about Lorenzo Silva here.

Not exactly the same cover but pretty close.