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About Me:
I've been away from the site for quite a long time now, though continuing to write. Did a few drafts of a horror screenplay, teaching myself to write in such a mode. It's different. I am continuing to knock around the crime novel I started a few years ago. I can't leave it alone. Have another possible indie film script in the works now. I mention that in this slot since I see low budget self made films as the likely future for anyone who would seriously hope to write a film and see it produced in these times.

For my friends here who may remember me, I have emerged through some hard times. Am now living, somewhat contentedly, with my wife and my Rhodesian Ridgeback, neither of whom ever listen to me. But I love them despite it all. And people ask me why I love noir.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Chandler (who else?), Twain, Parker, Crais, James Lee Burke, John Burdett, Tim Dorsey, Edogawa Rampo, Hammett, Nick Tosches, Lovecraft, and Randy Wayne White.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Not a lot of changes since I first listed here. Except 'Beerfest' maybe. But seriously, Folks. Discovered a film, 'Hard Eight' from a few years back. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Consider the two 'Hostel' movies to pretty well be the defining literary/cinematic hallmark of the age we are now enjoying. Would not recommend them for those with delicate sensibilities, as I would not recommend living in the present age for that same group.

The original 'Miami Vice' because it's a satire of itself. Funny, I never watched it when it was first run on tv, but I own the first two seasons on DVD. 'Out Of The Past,' 'Casablanca,' "Godfathers I and II,' (sorry to be obvious and trite, but they were simply among the best films ever made,) 'Goodfellas,' 'Scarface,' and 'I Vitteloni.'

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Homage To Raymond (You Said It All, And Less)

Approximation of 'Double Indemnity', or at least the essence (I know the screenwriting credits were shared with Billy Wilder, but it's got Chandler's prints all over it) : Mrs. Dietrichson:"I didn't know I loved you til now." Neff; "Since when?" Mrs Dietrichson: "When I couldn't pull the trigger the second time."

'The Big Sleep'.....

Philip Marlowe: I could make it my business. Eddie Mars: I could make your business mine. Philip Marlowe: Oh, you wouldn't like it. The pay's too… Continue

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 4:59am

I saw 'There Will Be Blood' yesterday......

....was very underwhelmed. And what has that got to do with crime fiction? Everything has got to do with crime fiction except the things that turn out to let us down. Hamlet without a murder would have been a narrative with MacCaullay Culkin and Hannah Montana, and that would be a crime worse than the original, but of a different sort, which brings me back to the reason I climbed this soapbox. (Warning: spoilers ahead, except the film is so confused by it's own script it doesn't matter,…

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 6:01am

Gray Man In A Pastel World

I was exchanging views the other day with one of my friends on this site about 'Miami Vice' as a satire of itself. He said jokingly not to call it a satire. Then, I happened to remember that they were filming a scene for the new CSi:Miami, a year or two ago down by the beach on Biscayne Bay and a real body floated into the set. Which made me think about Alanis Morrisette, which as a music fan I hardly ever do, and her song, 'Ironic.' Some critcs said that she obviously did not know the true… Continue

Posted on January 10, 2008 at 12:32am

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At 8:33pm on July 22, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Len, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:04am on April 1, 2008, Jennifer Colt said…

Your fixation on Buffy marks you as a genius in my book. Those who haven't seen it can't possibly get it; those who've seen it and still don't get it. . .they have my deepest compassion ;-)

Glad to meet another Buffophile!

At 9:38pm on March 26, 2008, Lynette Rees said…
The same thing happened to me, Len. I completely missed the first couple of series and one night caught an episode and went out and bought all I had missed and more. There are a couple of Goodfella actors in The Sopranos.

At 6:22pm on March 26, 2008, Lynette Rees said…
Hi Len,

Greetings to a fellow Godfather and Goodfellas fan! I was wondering if you also liked The Sopranos?

Nice to 'meet' you!

At 1:29am on March 26, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi len
Thought you might like to check out my blog, The Power of Jack. Good luck with your writing.
At 6:29am on March 11, 2008, JackBludis said…
Just read your post on conventions. By all means go to one or two. They get addictive, but expensive.

(On Gray man ... they say that a gun fight went right through the middle of a *The Wire* set in Baltimore.)


At 8:27am on February 13, 2008, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
Hi Len. I thought I left a message, not a comment. I'm just using the excuse of Valentine's Day to work my way through my Crimespace friends wishing that all kinds of love may come your way: romance, intimacy, friendship, family, community. :) Liz
At 2:25pm on January 26, 2008, Maryann Mercer said…
Ah, insurance. Since I am in the process of exhanging my full time day job at the bank for more free time and the job at the bookstore, I get to traverse the rocky road of new policies and deductibles. That is the only drawback...I was definitely ready to trade in the numbers and the balances for the world of writing. I'm a bibliophile (love that word), so the bookstore has always been my favorite job and I do get more time to devote to writing. I am sorry to hear about your son's death. Sometimes things just don't make sense.
I can't say I'm a major Dylan fan, although I was around when he had his first hit, and I think his talent as a songwriter is a great one. I'm a blues fan (not knowledgeable, but I do like Buddy Guy and Elmore James), and I also like the music of Dr. John, Alan Toussaint, and Beausoleil...and the rock of the late fifties and sixties...snd the girl groups. I'm in the middle of a mystery set in Portland, hopefully quirky enough to catch someone's interest, and have another in mind for a totally fictional setting...I love police procedurals but seem to do better at writing the quirky stuff. Thanks for the note. Drop by the page anytime :o)
At 5:55am on January 14, 2008, Vicki Hendricks said…
You're a hoot as well as a howl! I'm sorry to hear your stripping career is over. I think that the dry cleaners probably got torn down for condos by now too. You'll just have to read another one of my books for entertainment, I guess. Thanks!
At 11:17pm on January 11, 2008, Victor Gischler said…
Thanks, Len. Always nice to hear good things about my writing. Glad to see you here at crimespace!

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