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George Pellecanos-The Cut, voted #1 Crime Fiction Book of 2011, by Crimezine readers

Crimezine Crime Fiction Top Five

  • The Cut: George Pellecanos
  • Lawrence Block The Night and the Music, The Matthew Scudder Stories
  • The Sentry: Robert Crais
  • Michael Connelly: The Drop
  • Lee Child The Affair

Crimezine favorite movies of the year are:

  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Drive
  • Colombiana
  • Sherlock Holmes, Game of Shadows
  • Killer Elite

Crimezine favorite TV Crime Shows

  • Southland
  • The Good Wife
  • Breakout Kings
  • Detroit 187
  • CSI

Crimezine favorite websites 2011

Crimezine Award Winners 2011

Crimezine Special mention goes out to the awesome remake of the Mechanic with Jason Statham. And a Crimezine special mention goes to R. J Ellory for being the coolest cat in Crime fiction—read his book Bad Signs Now!

The Crimezine Looking Hot in Leather award goes to the gorgeous Patricia Cornwell. The Get out of Prison Soon Award goes to Dodgy Dave Courtney. The Raymond Chandler Get a Television—seriously Award goes to James Ellroy.

The James Patterson Award for outrageous punctuation !!!! Goes to James, Cease and Desist Patterson, for the second year running. Special thanks to Crimezine neighbor Robert Keep the Noise Down Crais, for being a fantasic sport and having the most interesting socks in Los Angeles. We wanted to make The Sentry #1 honest we did, but Crimeziners voted for gorgeous George! Better luck with Taken.

Thanks to all the Authors, Directors, Publishers & Crimeziners out there, all the best for 2012. If you want to comment contribute or otherwise get involved with Crimezine please get in touch.


L-R: Nyuk, Coben-Crimetastic. Nyuk, Curly-Comedic. Nyuk, Fester-fiendish

Harlan Coben recently contacted Crimezine HQ gushing forth excitedly about an alleged appearance he has made in the new Three Stooges movie. At last my kids think I am cool he whooped. News flash buddy: you are the old guy who makes the payroll. Those kids will never think you are cool, no matter what you do, besides, it is Christmas week, you think it is coincidence those little demons are buttering you up big guy?

Still, Crimezine perused the Three Stooges trailer at length, even sliding through the eye-poking high jinx on a frame-by-frame basis, searching for signs, no matter how fleeting, of Crime Fiction’s tallest author. Nothing.

It is not as if Harlan is hard to spot, he is a giant, bald-pated behemoth, bigger than an NBA big man. The dude would stand out at a tall persons convention.

Can it be that America’s greatest mystery writer is some how envious of George Feta Cheese Pellecanos’ awesome product placement coup in the Three Stooges trailer, in which we see Coben’s New Jersey neighbor Snooki ‘reading’ the latest Pellecanos best seller The Cut?

Crimezine would like to offer a quite different thesis to this Chandleresque mystery.

We believe that America’s #1 Mystery writer is simply attempting to guide us towards the undeniable similarities between himself and his movie doppelganger Curly Joe.

Doh! We should have realized when we saw The Addams Family movie. Have you ever seen Harlan Coben, Uncle Fester and everyones favorite stooge Curly in the same place? No. Separated at birth, or one and the same person? We leave it to the conscience of the individual Crimeziner… Have a Crimetastic Christmas everyone!


Pellecanos: big hitter

Retro crime time from George Pelecanos, and that kind of news just has to have you sitting to attention in your leather backed barcaloungers Crimeziners, because DC’s most famous former denizen is at it again crimewise.

You just got to love the big hitting strokes that Crimezine compadre Pelecanos is playing these days and his latest work is no exception: 1972, and Derek Strange is a cop turned PI. After taking what seems to be a work a day case recovering a stolen ring from a sleaze-ball junkie, Strange finds himself bumping heads with former partner Frank Hound dog Vaughn.

You just know it is going to turn ugly when the trail leads to a ruthless killer Red Fury. A man who will stop at nothing to make sure he comes out on top. As the stakes get higher, the violence escalates, and pretty soon Strange and Hound dog are working the case in their own off the rails style.

This is the fourth Derek Strange Novel. If you like your Crime fiction hard and fast try: Soul Circus, Hell to Pay and Right as Rain, but be warned, Pelecanos hits out of the park.

Crimezine Website of the week George Pellecanos

GeorgePellecanos: Cronos of Crime

In the course of Crimezines intensive weekly investigations into the world of crime, we come across many entertaining and useful sites, that we know Crimeziners will love. Top of the pack this week is Gorgeous George Pellecanos and his super cool and informative site that delves into the world of the Washingtonian wonder. Yeah, we know he had help with this site, but he has made more effort to involve crime fans than any of the other author and for this Gorgeous George wins the prestigious Crimezine website of the week.

The fantastic Lawrence Block needs no introduction, his site is fun and informative. Read about his new  Matthew Scudder book The Night and the Music.

Crimezine fave Scott Phillips rocks, check out the off camera pix with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton from Movie the Ice Harvest. His book Cottonwood, is out in paperback now

Crimezine also loves fellow bloggers, some of our fave raves this week include  the marvelous Spacey Thompson/ Hardboiled Wonderland, the Encyclopaedic  Crime Fiction Lover and the marvelously monikered Busted Flush Press.

And for those ghoulish fiends out there who just cannot resist  the true crime apocalypse that is modern America, Check out This site is an A to Z of ghastly goings on. Enjoy!

Crimezine George Pellecanos

Pellecanos: Athenian god of Crime Fiction

George Pelecanos is a name that will be on the kebab loving lips of many a Crimeziner. His idiosyncratic prose and keenly observed charachters have led to comparisons with James Ellroy’s work. Though Crimezine reckons Chester Himes meets classic Elmore Leonard is closer to the mark. Check out the opening of his latest novel at the Facebook link .

Pelecanos, is famed for dredging through the seedy world of Washington DC, no less than fifteen of his novels  have been based there, though these days the life long Washingtonian has upped camp to the more sedate surroundings of Silver Spring Maryland.

Crimezine recommends readers who are  unfamiliar with the Pelecanos oeuvre  start with the excellent Nick Stefanos books, such as A Firing Offense, Nicks Trip and Down by the River where the Dead Men Go. Georges style has evolved substantially over the years, becoming richer and more engaging.

Fans of HBO show The Wire or New Orleans Drama Treme may be familiar with Pelecanos without knowing it. , as George wrote episodes for both series and also produced The Wire for the second and third seasons.

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The Cut

George is a man of many obsessions as readers of his work will know. Basketball is a recurring theme, as is a endearing if somewhat trainspotterish interest in popular music. Crimezine is somewhat bewildered at this, as we stopped taking an interest in the “hit parade” after the Ed Sullivan show got canned, but we note approvingly that Pelecanos is a fan of the truly awesome blues rock duo  The Black Keys. Rocking!

George is also known as a full on feta cheese loving fan of everything that is Greek. Crimezine whole heartedly approves, as we are fans of spit roasted meats and toga wearing classicism ourselves. George also professes to be a life long devotee to gas guzzling four wheel drive brand Jeep, although we are not certain that he is truly serious in this enthusiasm, as he can frequently be seen driving a Mustang, which is all very well, just keep the speed down on Mulholland Drive, OK?