Sorry for the absence. Just haven't really had time to read anything crimeish lately - been focusing on porn and erotica for a book (or actually two; I have an anthology of vintage Finnish porn writing coming out).
I'm translating one of the most important debuts in American crime writing in Finnish, though. I'll be posting about this soon in every venue I can think of, but now it's still very much hush-hush.
As for films, I watched Plunder of the Sun by John Farrow from a David Dodge novel and Man in the Vault by a director whose name I can't recall at the mo', from a novel by Frank Gruber. (Is it by Andrew McLaglen, the Western director? Perhaps.) Both quite solid B or B-ish films, heartily recommended. Plunder of the Sun was highly better of the two, though, vivid and hardboiled.