Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, & Detective Fiction
By Justin & Kurt
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In each episode of Point Blank we discuss, analyze, and review works of crime fiction. We focus on the hardboiled, noir, and detective fiction sub-genres covering a featured novel each episode. Join us as we stroll down the dark, rain soaked alleys and into the dangerous corners of literature.
||CleanA Flash of Green--5 Round Burst--Really Stupid Mysteries||"A Flash of Green" by John D MacDonald. Well...we sure didn't love it, but that doesn't mean we don't have something to say. We dig deep to find out what does and does not work in this novel. Justin brings us another really stupid mystery. Where we...||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlorida Crime Fiction--Junkie Love--John D MacDonald (E15 Part2)||Hello again from Point Blank! Join us as we head on down to Florida to introduce "A Flash of Green" and John D MacDonald. We'll explore what's lurking in the shadows of the magic kingdom as we discuss Florida Crime Fiction and all that it entails. Our..||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (E14 Part 2)||Step right into the sauna as we discuss The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo our first look at Nordic Noir. We go back in time for a really stupid mystery series from the age of the Vikings. As bonus pillage you also get 5 reviews in 5 Round Burst: "Rhode...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNordic Noir--The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (E14 Part1)||Cold, Rocky, Windswept. We discuss Nordic Noir, Stieg Larsson, and introduce "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Vikings, The Nordic Model, and exposing the extreme right. Grab some aquavit, lutefisk, and lefsa and join us for this trip to the north....||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn the footsteps of Spade and Hammett. A Summer Vacation Special!||Welcome to our special summer episode. We joined forces in San Francisco to walk in the footsteps of Sam Spade and Dashiell Hammett. This was an experimental episode for us, I hope you enjoy. View the photos on Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled,...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQueenpin by Megan Abbott--(E13 Part 2)||All Abbott! All Queenpin! We discuss this wonderful neo-noir tale from one of the "Queens of Noir." There are spoilers, as we do discuss the whole book, but we believe this one is worth more than one read. Get in touch with the show: Email:...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAntiheroes--Queenpin (E13 Part 1)||Discussion! Reviews! Antiheroes! We introduce Megan Abbott's "Queenpin," talk films, review a few books, and have an interesting talk about antiheroes thanks to a listener question. Books Reviewed: "Paradise Travel" by Jorge Franco "Among the...||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Maltese Falcon (E12-Part2)||Look at this dingus! It's "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett. This episode we dive deep into the falcon while discussing the book, '80's cartoons, Communist presses, and gunsels. I'm sure we got some things wrong so call us out on it. Get in...||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE12-The Maltese Falcon (Part 1)||Look at this dingus! It's part 1 of our discussion of The Maltese Falcon, perhaps the most well known book in all of crime fiction. In this episode we tease out a few of our initial thoughts on the book and suggest you give it a read before part 2. We..||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE11-The Doomsters (Part 2)||Greetings! Welcome to part 2 of our discussion of Ross Macdonald's “The Doomsters.” We run down the basic plot of the book, discuss Macdonald's life and dig deep into the themes and characters in this important transition novel in the...||5/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE11-The Doomsters Part 1||Welcome to the new format! Part 1 of our discussion of Ross Macdonald's "The Doomsters.' We introduce the book, give some short reviews, discuss the writing life of Ross Macdonald aka Ken Millar and Margaret Millar, and go bird-watching in a really...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE10-The Postman Always Rings Twice||Ring! Ring! It's “The Postman Always Rings Twice” by James M. Cain. We discuss this excellent work and just how much is packed into this little novel. Great plotting, interesting characters, and cats! Hungry? James Cain also wrote extensively...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE9-Night Has A Thousand Eyes||Like the looming dread in a Cornell Woolrich novel we are back with another episode. Is Woolrich really the master of noir suspense that so many have claimed? We discuss this point while looking at the book "Night Has A Thousand Eyes" Of course we...||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE6-The Real Cool Killers||Welcome to the lost episode. Plagued by technical problems, we are happy to finally be able to bring you episode 6. "The Real Cool Killers" by Chester Himes. Himes was a revolutionary writer and thinker in crime fiction and was an influential...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE8-Shoot the Piano Player||Join us for the dark wonderful tale that is "Shoot the Piano Player" by David Goodis. A story we both loved! Plus reviews, discussion, a really stupid mystery, and a discussion of the East Vs. the West coast in crime fiction. Find us on Facebook at...||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE7-The Black Mask Boys||Join us as we look at a collection of short stories from the pages of Black Mask Magazine. "The Black Mask Boys" covers some of the key writers from the golden years of the genre's most important magazine. We also discuss Blade Runner 2049 and it's...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE5-Strangers on a Train||Guy and Bruno meet on a train and things go poorly. We roll right along with "Strangers on a Train" by Patricia Highsmith. As always we review some books, discuss somethings, and even have a really stupid mystery.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE4-Scorpion Reef||Episode 4: Scorpion Reef by Charles Williams We discuss the nautical noir of Charles Williams, Kurt gets annoyed in 5 Round Burst, and we discuss Seattle as a noir setting. 5 Round Burst Books: “Hot Stuff” by Charles Williams “Mucho Mojo” by...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3- The Big Sleep||We discuss Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, the detective as a modern knight, yogurt, Albuquerque as a Noir setting, and Chandler's poetry! Find a list of books we discuss on Facebook. Visit our website at: www.pointblankpodcast.com Send us comments...||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2- Red Harvest||Welcome to Episode 2! This episode we cover Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest. 5 Round Burst Books: The Cartel by Don Winslow Savage Season by Joe R Lansdale After Dark, My Sweet by Jim Thompson Seattle Noir Akashic Books The Invention of Murder: How the..||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoint Blank-Episode 1: The Killer Inside Me||In each episode of Point Blank we discuss, analyze, and review works of crime fiction. We focus on the hardboiled, noir, and detective fiction sub-genres covering a featured novel each episode. Join us as we stroll down the dark, rain soaked...||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Rip Roaring Radio
If you’re a fan of the hard boiled crime stories than you’re in good company. These guys give great insight into the books & authors who wrote them. I look forward to their recommendations too. Keep it up fellas.
The Podcast always rings twice
Good production values, the hosts are knowledgeable and the subject matter is engrossing. What else do you want? The two hosts discuss great works of fiction which happen to fall into the Noir genre. Not only do they discuss the lierary value of each book but also the author's biography and the historical and socio-political trends that influeced the book. And somehow they manage do this without boring the hell out of me. Five stars all the way.
- Robert J. Smith, author of "Petectives" (a surefire candidate for the "Really Stupid Mysteries" segment)
ep. 1 Excellent
Really enjoyed listening to Point Blank podcast ep1! You guys got off to a great start....I thought the podcast production was excellent....I put Cold Cold Ground on my list....lol, got back in-touch with The Killer Inside Me....Savage Art is on my list. (Which reminds me....two of my fave Jim Thompson's are his two-fer autobio, Bad Boy (1953) & Roughneck (1954). Some real eye-opening & funny stories.) The references on the Show Notes are excellent...I'm going to run them all down....I need to reread Red Harvest before I continue on with ep2..