Category Archives: James Ellroy

Mid-summer reading report back: Perfidia, Japanese tattoos, eighties sleaze

Summer in Melbourne is usually the one time of the year I can be guaranteed to get a fair amount of personal reading done. As has become my annual practice, a short report back on the books I have got … Continue reading

The books that hooked me on crime fiction

Do you remember what books got you into crime fiction? When it all comes down to it, I have to credit my late father. Dad loved writers like Carter Brown, Mickey Spillane and Ian Fleming. He passed on his readings … Continue reading

The death of a bookshop: a tribute to Melbourne’s Kill City Books

I love poking around in second-hand bookshops. The more disorganised and dishevelled, the better. I can’t remember the last time I found one with a curtained off section where they stashed the adult stuff, the pulp fiction and true crime, … Continue reading

Summer reading report back 2013

As the summer holiday’s draw to an end and the business part of 2013 kicks off, it’s time for a little run down of what I’ve read over the Christmas/New Year period and how I’m going to approach my reading in … Continue reading

Melbourne International Film Festival progress report part 2: Rampart, Gangs of Wasseypur

This week I caught two of my must see crime films at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Rampart (2010) and Anupama Copra’s Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Rampart is latest in a long line of movies that combine two of crime … Continue reading