Calendar

Aug
27
Thu
Virtual Meeting: Hardboiled Discussion Group @ Virtual Event
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hardboiled Crime Discussion Club

We’ll be meeting virtually via Zoom.  If you’d like to join the meeting, please send Patrick Millikin an email for an invite.  patrick@poisonedpen.com.  We always encourage new members!

Join us as we discuss Chester Himes’s  Blind Man With a Pistol (Vintage $15.00)

At once grotesquely comic and unflinchingly violent, Blind Man With a Pistol is the final entry in Chester Himes’s trailblazing Harlem Detectives series.

New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace—their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence—Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threaten to tear Harlem apart.

Sep
24
Thu
Virtual Meeting: Hardboiled Discussion Group @ Virtual Event
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hardboiled Crime Discussion Club

We’ll be meeting virtually via Zoom.  If you’d like to join the meeting, please send Patrick Millikin an email for an invite.  patrick@poisonedpen.com.  We always encourage new members!

Join us as we discuss Jean Patrick Manchette’s  No Room at the Morgue (NYRB $15.95).

Inspired by the works of Dashiell Hammett, No Room at the Morgue is Jean-Patrick Manchette’s unparalleled take on the private eye novel — fierce, politically inflected, and finely rendered by the haunting, pitch-black prose for which the author is famed.

No Room at the Morgue came out after Jean-Patrick Manchette had transformed French crime fiction with such brilliantly plotted, politically charged, unrelentingly violent tales as Nada and The Mad and the Bad. Here, inspired by his love of Dashiell Hammett, Manchette introduces Eugene Tarpon, private eye, a sometime cop who has set up shop after being kicked off the force for accidentally killing a political demonstrator. Months have passed, and Tarpon desultorily tries to keep in shape while drinking all the time. No one has shown up at the door of his office in the midst of the market district of Les Halles. Then the bell rings and a beautiful woman bursts in, her hands dripping blood. It’s Memphis Charles, her roommate’s throat has been cut, and Memphis can’t go to the police because they’ll only suspect her. Can Tarpon help?

Well, somehow he can’t help trying. Soon bodies mount, and the craziness only grows.

Oct
22
Thu
Virtual Meeting: Hardboiled Discussion Group @ Virtual Event
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hardboiled Crime Discussion Club

We’ll be meeting virtually via Zoom.  If you’d like to join the meeting, please send Patrick Millikin an email for an invite.  patrick@poisonedpen.com.  We always encourage new members!

Join us as we discuss John Gregory Dunne’s  Nothing Lost (Vintage $14.95).

A grisly racial murder in what news commentators insist on calling “the heartland.” A feeding frenzy of mass media and seamy politics. An illicit love affair with the potential to wreck lives. In his grandly inventive last novel, John Gregory Dunne orchestrated these elements into a symphony of American violence, chicanery, and sadness.In the aftermath of Edgar Parlance’s killing, the small prairie town of Regent becomes a destination for everyone from a sociopathic teenaged supermodel to an enigmatic attorney with secret familial links to the worlds of Hollywood and organized crime. Out of their manifold convergences, their jockeying for power, publicity or love, Nothing Lost creates a drama of magnificent scope and acidity.

Nov
19
Thu
Virtual Meeting: Hardboiled Discussion Group @ Virtual Event
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hardboiled Crime Discussion Club

We’ll be meeting virtually via Zoom.  If you’d like to join the meeting, please send Patrick Millikin an email for an invite.  patrick@poisonedpen.com.  We always encourage new members!

Join us as we discuss Mark Bowden’s  The Last Stone  (Grove/Atlantic $17.00). From “master of narrative journalism” (New York Times) and #1 bestselling author Mark Bowden, comes a gripping true crime story about the disappearance of the two Lyon sisters in 1975, and the extraordinary effort—40 years later—to bring their kidnapper to justice

On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyon, age 10 and 12, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and mystery endured. Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed. It pointed them toward a man named Lloyd Welch, then serving time for child molestation in Delaware.

As a cub reporter for a Baltimore newspaper, Mark Bowden covered the frantic first weeks of the story. InThe Last Stone, he returns to write its ending. Over months of intense questioning and extensive investigation of Welch’s sprawling, sinister Appalachian clan, five skilled detectives learned to sift truth from determined lies. How do you get a compulsive liar with every reason in the world to lie to tell the truth?The Last Stone recounts a masterpiece of criminal interrogation, and delivers a chilling and unprecedented look inside a disturbing criminal mind.