Search Results: "Maxim Jakubowski"


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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF COMIC CRIME by Maxim  Jakubowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"It's an equally good bet, then, that nobody will chortle or even simper at every entry and that there really is something for everyone."
Given the modest cover price for this cornucopia of 42 tales reprinting material from H.R.F. Keating to Michael Z. Lewin, from Sarah Caudwell to Carol Anne Davis—and including ten new stories by Marc Blake, Mike Phillips, Julian Rathbone, Keith Miles, Peter T. Garratt, Rebecca Tope, Catherine Aird, David Stuart Davies, Amy Myers, and David Wishart—it's probably ungracious to quibble. Read full book review >

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LIFE IN THE WORLD OF WOMEN by Maxim  Jakubowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1997

"More a spiky pillow book than a crime collection, but the hints of J.G. Ballard and James M. Cain provide virtually the only narrative impetus at all."
London bookseller/anthologist Jakubowski (the New Crimes series, etc.) has come up with an early contender for the most hilariously inappropriate title of the year. Read full book review >

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100 GREAT DETECTIVES by Maxim  Jakubowski
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"Could Jakubowski find no writer, however, whose favorite detectives were Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles, Stephen Greenleaf's John Marshall Tanner, or—the most glaring omission here—the most popular fictional detective of the past 50 years, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer?"
Julian Symons on Sam Spade, Paula Gosling on Rex Stout, Loren D. Estleman on Philip Marlowe, Anne Hart on Hercule Poirot—and 96 other mystery writers on favorite literary detectives, each limned in a short essay appended by a bibliography and edited by Jakubowski (ed., New Crimes, 1990). Read full book review >

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IT'S YOU THAT I WANT TO KISS by Maxim  Jakubowski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 1997

"Extending the trajectory from Double Indemnity to Basic Instinct, Jakubowski seems to have perfected a new genre: naked noir."
Boy meets girl, girl steals diamonds, boy and girl take it on the lam in this overripe slice of unsugared Cain from prolific Jakubowski. Read full book review >

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FRESH BLOOD by Mike Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 1997

"A brilliantly dreary collection of punks and grifters, whose attitude, like their chroniclers', is out to here."
A barbaric yawp from the other side of the pond, these 14 noirish entries are a collective manifesto from a new generation of angry young men (and two women, Stella Duffy and Denise Danks) whose genealogy Ripley's Foreword traces to back to 198890. Read full book review >

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FRESH BLOOD 2 by Mike Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 1998

"Altogether, a stronger collection than its in-your-face predecessor."
If they don't watch out, editors Ripley and Jakubowski, whose Fresh Blood (1997) seemed the anthology with something to offend everybody, will find themselves getting snapped up by old ladies of both sexes. Read full book review >

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VENICE NOIR by Maxim  Jakubowski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"Rather than crimes of passion, this collection focuses on the passion of crime, painting its noir in robust tones rather than gritty gray."
Sex, food and real estate inspire 14 hot-blooded new takes on crime in the magical city of Venice. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VINTAGE WHODUNNITS by Maxim  Jakubowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A testimony to the exceptional variety that allowed a wide range of stories to be counted as mysteries before the orthodoxy of the whodunit set in."
A gigantic anthology with something for everyone—except for an accurate title. Read full book review >

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ON TENDERNESS EXPRESS by Maxim  Jakubowski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"Consider yourself warned."
It all starts decorously enough, with London shamus Martin Jackson taking on two new clients. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF PULP ACTION by Maxim  Jakubowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Despite the cast, the collection lacks the pow one would expect from the pulps."
Jakubowski, editor of The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (not reviewed), breezily and confidently defines the genre of this collection of 23 stories and novelettes as a place "where action and thrills are paramount and the reader is trapped in a whirlwind of adventure and suspense." Read full book review >