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Los Angeles, California -- Born in St. Louis, Missouri
About Me:
The only thing I love more than reading, is talking about authors and books, and discovering new authors via reviews or recommendations from friends. When I'm not doing any of those things, I work for a living at a private graduate school of psychology in Los Angeles.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Ken Bruen, Lawrence Block, Donald E. Westlake/Richard Stark, Duane Swierczynski, George P. Pelecanos, Ian Rankin, Ed McBain, Allan Guthrie, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Joe R. Lansdale, James Sallis, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Shannon...basically noir stuff, new and old. Lost of science fiction, too. But that's another story.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Mystery! (PBS), Films by George Pal (The Time Machine, The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, etc.), Billy Wilder, Sergio Leone, Quintin Tarrentino, Richard Rodriquez...funny, dark, twisted stuff.

Would you like to know what I've read recently and what I thought about it? That's what you'll find posted on my blog, for the most part. There might be the occasional rant or props or similar navel-gazing. But mostly, I read.

Here are the twin legends that hang over the entry to my Crimespace Page and Blog:

"I have always imagined Heaven as a sort of library."
Jorge Luis Borges

" I am possessed by one insatiable passion, which I
cannot restrain -- nor would if I could -- I cannot
get enough books."
Petrarch (1346)


Alan Cranis's Blog

AlanReads: Hard Man by Allan Guthrie

Scotsman Allan Guthrie is one of the most demented and twisted crime writers working today. And one of the very best. His third novel, HARD MAN, is the first ot enjoy hardcover publication by a major US publisher. And while this might go a long way toward widening his reading audience, it will certainly cause his fans and newly acquired readers to seek each other out, find a secluded corner somewhere, and urgently quiz each other with questions like, "You read it, did that really happen?"…


Posted on June 11, 2007 at 11:00am

AlanReads: THE DARK STREETS by John Shannon

It is so tempting to start this consideration of THE DARK STREETS, the latest Jack Liffey novel from John Shannon, by resorting to The Rant. The Rant, as most fans of Shannon's work know, is our howl at the injustices of an ignorant and uncaring universe where John Shannon's superb work slips into oblivion shortly after publication when it ought to be on national best-seller lists and the subject of breathless critical evaluations and appreciations of what the modern crime novel ought to be.…


Posted on May 21, 2007 at 11:30am

AlanReads: DRIVE by James Sallis (2nd reading)

Imagine, if you can, a crime novel so fine-tuned and crafted that not one word is wasted. A novel that manages to effectively convey its full emotions and characterizations with a poet's minimal amount of words and sentences. A novel that in its mere 192 pages packs more action and resonance than works over twice its size. If you can imagine such a novel, then you're probably thinking of DRIVE by James Sallis.

Following his excellent series of Lew Griffin novels, and just before…


Posted on May 15, 2007 at 9:00am

AlanReads: WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman

Whenever Laura Lippman takes a break from her witty, well-written series featuring PI Tess Monaghan, the results are stand-alone novels noticeably more smober in tone and perhaps more personal in their topics. But these works have also quietly expanded the definitions of a "crime novel" (especially with THE POWER OF THREE) and rank Lippman among the finest authors working today. And this is certainly the case with her latest work, WHAT THE DEAD KNOW.

The book opens with a woman…


Posted on May 11, 2007 at 12:30pm

AlanReads: THE WATCHMAN by Robert Crais

Anyone familiar with the PI Elvis Cole novels of Robert Crais knows that Joe Pike, Cole's shadowy partner, is one of those fictional "Competent Men." You know tha type -- exhaustively trained, intensely experienced, and in any and all situations...competent (like Ian Fleming's James Bond or, more currently, Lee Child's Jack Reacher). So we know that a man like Joe Pike, ex-Marine, ex-L.A. police officer, ex-mercenary, is more than capable of getting out of any trouble he finds himself in.…


Posted on May 10, 2007 at 12:30pm

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At 2:08pm on March 30, 2015, Matt Abraham said…

Hi Alan,

I've read a few of your reviews on Bookgasm and thought I might approach you to request a review. My novel Dane Curse is about the world's greatest superhero, and how his mysteriously murder can only be solved by a former villain turned PI. It's basically DC meets Spillane, and considering the works you've covered I figure it's a ride you might like to take. I've had it up on Amazon since February 11th, it's 83,000 words, and is available upon request.  Thanks for your time and consideration.



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