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Walk among the Tombstones review

Liam Neeson stars in Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among the Tombstones

Thank goodness for Liam Neeson Crimeziners. If you’ve got kidnapped female relatives, he is definitely the one to call. Let’s face it, he is so introspectively crumpled and Liam Neesonish there isn’t a felonious spouse-snatcher, or kiddy-bothering ransom merchant anywhere who can match his patented soft-Irish charm and “troubled-look-to-camera thoughtfulness”.

How appropriate then, that Neeson should take the lead as the Crimetastic Mathew Scudder in Walk Among the Tombstones the latest cinematic interpretation of Crime legend Lawrence Block’s grand oeuvre. Many with better memories than Crimezines cognac addled collective consciousness will be just about able to recall the 1986 Scudder movie 8 Million Ways to Die, starring Jeff Bridges and Rosanna Arquette. Apparently this cinematic marvel barely made enough buckeroos to cover the bar bill.

It is perhaps no surprise then, that Scott Frank, screen writing genius behind Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty, Out of Sight and [cof] Marley and Me, reckons it took ten long years to get this movie made. That’s a lot of Hollyweird spritzer brunches, and air-kissing focus groups for one man to endure. But Crimezine commends his tenacity. Mr. Frank is a strong advocate of adult-orientated crime movies that don’t involve superhero costumes. But, he reckons that the time is now past when such movies can be made with the frequency they once were. He even doubts that a movie like Get Shorty could be made in today’s movie making climate. Those that do make it are the exception he says.

With this in mind, Crimezine was eager to take a walk amongst the aforementioned tombstones. With the forces of righteousness on its side—surely this move will be unable to fail? Welllll. Nesson is awesome as Scudder and the movie gets off to a rip-roaring start, examining his back-story motivation. The power of the Scudder books is brought to life in an admirable way, incorporating the former detectives boozehound past and twelve-steps present. And Brian “Astro” Bradley is adorable as Scudder acolyte TJ. Expectations run high and one just can’t help but get a thrill of pleasure when Neeson growls the classic Scudder line, “I do favors for friends”.

But then we meet the supporting cast. None of whom are bad per se—but there are no stand out performances whatsoever and the remainder of the movie unwinds like a low-budget teleplay. Grungy nastiness abounds, as does questionable motivation, grisly mutilation and industrial strength misogyny from two limply thuggish kidnappers—who appear to be recent overacting graduates from the Hollyweird Academy of bad guys. It is all very disturbing, but not for the right reasons. Scott Frank thinks TV is the new home for ambitious screenwriters. Seeing this movie one can perhaps understand why.

Crimezine wholeheartedly recommends the outstanding Scudder novels by Lawrence Block. Start with the first: The Sins of the Fathers (1976). Contact Lawrence and buy his books at:

CrimezineCrimezine Lawrence BlockCrimezine Lawrence blockCrime Legend Lawrence Block has three out of print books from his Matt Scudder series back in printed form this week: A Stab in the Dark, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and A Long Line of Dead Men, have been out of print for a while now, so buy now while you still got the chance.

ebook enthusiast Block has been boosting the buzz on these tales with his exploits on the Internet and now you can get them in the preferred format of pulp crime lovers everywhere: the paperback.

The books will be available online from Barnes and Noble and Amazon—so don’t throw away your computer just yet—you can also buy them online from Lawrence Block’s Bookstore they’re $16.99 apiece plus $5 shipping. But if you buy the three-book set, they’re yours for $54.99 postpaid. (That’s $49.99 plus $5, for a net savings to you of $10.98.) It’s a deal, it’s a steal it’s sale of the blimmin’ century!

Crimeziners should support Lawrence’s efforts not only is he an truly awesome crimewriter he is a man who cares passionately about books.


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.

Block Lawrence, Scudder Stories

The Night & the Music

Crimezine likes Lawrence Block. We like his Mathew Scudder stories even more we are therefore thrilled to report that Lawrence has just published a collection of rocking Scudder stories. The collection includes a brace of novelettes, penned in the mid 70’s (Yes Crimeziners, Block has been at it that long)

There are a dozen stories in all, three of which are previously unpublished , so if you are new to Block here is a great place to start. Why not pour yourself a three-fingered freshener, settle back in your favorite chair and treat yourself to an evening of hardboiled heaven.

Speaking of which, Mr Block has been making us increasingly thirsty of late with a delicious series of boozy book covers. Crimezine approves Whole heartedly.

Want your boozy book signed? Lawrence is happy to oblige he has signed copies in twelve of Americas top Mystery bookshops, check out his website for details.