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A Last Act Of Charity: JJ Stoner on the job

Without the constrictions of the short story format, where we’ve seen him in before, JJ Stoner becomes a far more complex character. Now we see him in his own territory. Although he professes to have given up being a hired killer, instead working as an investigator for the ‘hard man’, it doesn’t seem to have…

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Horns: murder-mystery with a devilish twist

It’s never easy adapting a quirky book into an interesting film. ‘Horns’ turned out to be much better than you might expect. It’s an engaging, entertaining murder-mystery with a preposterous but perfectly accomplished supernatural spin. Take away the horns and you have a genre standard, wrongly-accused, coming of age investigation which centres on the brutal…

TearsInRain

Tears In Rain: intriguing ideas, flawed execution

The idea of developing one of the core themes from Blade Runner – artificial humans with a limited life span, created to do the dirty jobs that futuristic people would rather avoid – is an intriguing one. Bruna, the central character in ‘Tears In Rain’ is such a replicant. She’s a combat model, built and…

Game

Game: a serial killer stalks New York city

Throughout his childhood, Jazz was influenced and indoctrinated by his psycho-killer father in thought, deed and subliminal suggestion. Now as a young man on the brink of adulthood, he’s already a skilled social engineer, a manipulator. Is he also a serial killer in waiting? Or will he use his skills and talents to confront his…

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Sunblind: desperation in the desert

Imagine combining key elements from Pitch Black and Aliens. Set the action in the scorching Sonoran desert between Mexico and the US. Populate your cast with a couple of dozen disposable characters who fall prey to dehydration, in-fighting, snakebite, heatstroke… and far worse, as Something Awful picks them off, leaving only blood spatter and tattered…

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Roaring Reads: new books and indie authors

We love winter. Roaring fire, snugly sofa, huge great big stack of brilliant new books. Here’s some we’ve stumbled across in the last month, including crime-thrillers, murder-mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and crossover titles from new writers, indie authors and small publishers… Manners Cost Everything by Paul Chambers. This ‘gripping and edgy’ explicit thriller is the first…