Monday, June 28, 2010

22nd Galway Film Fleadh and Ken Bruen

Jack Taylor and Ken Bruen Priemere at the 22nd Galway Film Fleadh

It’s almost impossible to be thrown out of 
the Guards,the Irish police force. Unless you 
become a public disgrace, they’ll tolerate almost 
anything. Jack Taylor really puts his mind to it 
and punches a government minister in the face. 
For greed, hypocrisy and corruption. The only values 
of the “new” Ireland. Jack is ruggedly good-looking, 
on the wrong side of forty, and has become a finder. 
He takes on the cases the Guards won’t touch, 
no matter now hopeless. He’s good because he 
looks where no one else looks, talks to the people
no one else talks to. 

Moreover, he knows every back street in his hometown, 
Galway, knows the seed and breed of everyone in it. 
But small towns have big memories, and like 
Jack they are quick to anger and slow to forgive. 

When the beautiful Anne Henderson comes into his 
local pub and asks him to find her missing daughter, 
Jack uncovers the seedy underbelly of Galway’s 
middle-class. Four other girls’ bodies turn up in 
the river. Jack’s paratrooper friend Sutton washes 
up in Galway too, luring Jack to the dark side. 
When Jack’s surrogate father and barman dies under
mysterious circumstances, everything he believes 
in begins to unravel,making Jack question even 
those closest to him.

Running Time 90 mins | Colour | Digi-Beta
Producer Clodagh Freeman & Ralph Christians
Script Anne McCabe, Tom Collins & Ralph Christians
Cast Iain Glen, Ralph Brown, Tara Breathnach
& Norah-Jane Noone
Production Magma Productions
Print Source Magma Films

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Magma Production’s ‘Jack Taylor’ is a feature length TV drama pilot based on the novel, The Guards, by Ken Bruen. Financing and development are currently underway on the series for international distribution.
The movie-pilot follows the story of Jack Taylor(Iain Glen), an ex-guard and finder who uncovers the seedy underbelly of Galway’s middle-class while attempting to solve the murders of four local girls. His world begins to unravel when his surrogate father dies in mysterious circumstances.
An Irish, UK and German co-production, ‘The Guards’ will air on TV3 this Autumn. Visit for more details.

Friday, June 4, 2010

What is NoirCon 2010?


Noir is not easily defined.  The American Heritage Dictionary describes noir as:
  1. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
  2. Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak, sleazy settings. (Hardboiled Noir)
  3. Suggestive of danger or violence.
NoirCon does not embrace any one particular definition, it only strikes out to celebrate the notion that modern man as the anti-hero, the protagonist who is a loser. 

Good doesn’t always win over evil.  Each guy is on his own.  What happens is sometimes sheer luck or circumstance.  It depends on how a guy reacts to situations – or what he can get away with.  The losers simply are the losers and stay the losers.  There is no comfortable redemption nor faith to sustain reason in an unreasonable world.  Man is alone.  His violence is a syndrome of this condition.

NoirCon in the purest sense of the word is a forum where all those who appreciate noir can come together to debate, plot, boast, or simply party with like minded individuals. It is a four-day journey into that abyss (usually held in Philadelphia, the birthplace of David Goodis, one of the unsung greats of Noir) that offers everyone involved an opportunity to have a helluva good time looking into the bottomless, downward void that is Noir! NoirCon 2010 will take place November 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th – 2010!
As we revel in the darkness, we try to provide light for those in need.  Our charity of choice this year is the AIDS FUND.

Questions? Thoughts?  Please do not hesitate to contact us at


                                                                        Lou Boxer and Deen Kogan

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Busted Flush Press meets Akashic Books at NoirCon 2010

Two Consortium anthologies to launch at NoirCon!

You probably already know about Busted Flush Press's Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying (edited by Bill Crider; 978-1-935415-40-4; trade paperback original; $18) launching at this November's NoirCon in Philadelphia (Nov. 4-7)... but did you know that Akashic Books's Philadelphia Noir (edited by Carlin Romano; 978-1-936070-63-3; paperback original; $15.95) will be making its debut there, too? Here are the authors scheduled to attend from each anthology:

Patti Abbott (Damn Near Dead 2)
Scott Cupp (Damn Near Dead 2)
Christa Faust (Damn Near Dead 2)
Scott Phillips (Damn Near Dead 2)
Carlin Romano (Philadelphia Noir)
S. J. Rozan (Damn Near Dead 2)
Duane Swierczynski (Philadelphia Noir)
Dennis Tafoya (Philadelphia Noir)
Johnny Temple (Akashic Books publisher) & David Thompson (Busted Flush Press publisher)
...and likely many more!

Both titles will be released by Consortium Books in November.
For more information on NoirCon or to register, please visit thewebsite, the blog, or contact organizer Lou Boxer directly. We hope you can make it!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Philly finally enters the Noir Series arena: the City of Brotherly Love becomes a City of Brotherly Malice.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Diane Ayres, Cordelia Frances Biddle, Keith Gilman, Cary Holladay, Solomon Jones, Gerald Kolpan, Aimee LaBrie, Halimah Marcus, Carlin Romano, Asali Solomon, Laura Spagnoli, Duane Swierczynski, Dennis Tafoya, and Jim Zervanos.
Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
RESIDENTS OF PHILADELPHIA have been nagging Akashic for years to see their own entry in Akashic's award-winning Noir Series. The time has finally arrived. Beware, Philadelphia, there may be no recovery from the tarnishing of this fine, fine collection of fifteen original short stories.
CARLIN ROMANO, critic-at-large of the Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-five years, teaches philosophy and media theory at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, cited by the Pulitzer Board for "bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics." He lives in West Philadelphia, in the only house on his block.
"Princess" by AIMEE LABRIE (South Philadelphia)
"Scarred" by SOLOMON JONES (Strawberry Mansion)
"Secret Pool" ASALI SOLOMON (West Philadelphia)
"Devil's Pocket" KEITH GILMAN (Grays Ferry)
"Above the Imperial" DENNIS TAFOYA (East Falls)
"A Cut Above" LAURA SPAGNOLI (Rittenhouse Square)
"Swimming" HALIMAH MARCUS (Narberth)
"Fishtown Odyssey" MEREDITH ANTHONY (Fishtown)
"Your Brother, Who Loves You" JIM ZERVANOS (Fairmount)
"Cannot Easy Normal Die" CARLIN ROMANO (University City)
"Seeing Nothing" DIANE AYRES (Bella Vista)
"Lonergan's Girl" DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI (Frankford)
"The Ratcatcher" GERALD KOLPAN (South Street)
"Ghost Walk" CARY HOLLADAY (Chestnut Hill)

Join us at Noircon 2010 where many of the authors will be in attendance for it publication date of

*Forthcoming: November 2010* 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

And the winner is?

IACW/NA awards The Hammett Prize annually for literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, as reflected in a book published in the English language in the U.S. and/or Canada. The winner receives a "Thin Man" trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger. 

The International Association of Crime Writers (IACW) has announced the 2010 Hammett Prize Nominations:

Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott(Simon & Schuster)

Devil's Garden by Ace Atkins (Putnam)

The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry (Penguin)

The Long Fall by Walter Mosley (Riverhead)

The Way Home by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown)