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Point Blank is a podcast about hardboiled, noir, and detective fiction. Mixing serious analysis and humor, the co-hosts (Justin and Kurt) discuss a classic or contemporary work of crime fiction each episode. In addition to major works, they offer shorter reviews, and examine noir-ish topics such as alcoholism in detective fiction, the femme fatale, and race and labor in crime fiction. Stroll with Kurt and Justin down the rain drenched alleys and mean streets as they explore the fascinating world of crime fiction.

Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, & Detective Fiction Justin & Kurt

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Point Blank is a podcast about hardboiled, noir, and detective fiction. Mixing serious analysis and humor, the co-hosts (Justin and Kurt) discuss a classic or contemporary work of crime fiction each episode. In addition to major works, they offer shorter reviews, and examine noir-ish topics such as alcoholism in detective fiction, the femme fatale, and race and labor in crime fiction. Stroll with Kurt and Justin down the rain drenched alleys and mean streets as they explore the fascinating world of crime fiction.

    E40: An Easy Thing (Part 1) -- Mexican Noir -- Forgotten Classics

    E40: An Easy Thing (Part 1) -- Mexican Noir -- Forgotten Classics

    Welcome to Point Blank!
    Grab your Coke and cigarettes (It's the fuel for both our writer and our detective this episode.) and join us for a discussion of "An Easy Thing" by Paco Ignacio Taibo II. I think we are both in love with Paco's writing and he's a pretty interesting person as well. We'll introduce his work and his life as well as have a discussion about Mexican Noir. 
    Will this episode reveal a Forgotten Classic? Join us and see.
    Get in touch with the show.
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/point-blank-hardboiled-noir-detective-fiction/id1276038868
    Website: www.pointblankpodcast.com
    Support the show:
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pointblankcrime
    Don't forget to rate us on Apple Podcasts and share the show with your friends! 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    E39: Brazilian Noir -- Blood of the Wicked (Part 2) -- Cinema Spotlight -- Five Round Burst

    E39: Brazilian Noir -- Blood of the Wicked (Part 2) -- Cinema Spotlight -- Five Round Burst

    Welcome to Point Blank!
    We return to Sao Paulo, diving deep into Leighton Gage's Blood of the WIcked, the first Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigation.
    We'll also reflect on City of God (2003), a Brazilian crime film that both of us agree is a modern classic, and we give you five Brazilian crime fiction hard hitters in Five Round Burst. 
    Get in touch with the show:
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
    Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/point-blank-hardboiled-noir-detective-fiction/id1276038868
    Website: www.pointblankpodcast.com
    Support the show:
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pointblankcrime
    Don’t forget to rate us on Apple Podcasts and share the show with your friends!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    E38: Brazilian Noir - - Books of the Decade - - Blood of the Wicked (Part 1)

    E38: Brazilian Noir - - Books of the Decade - - Blood of the Wicked (Part 1)

    Welcome to Point Blank!
    In this episode we travel down to the beautiful beaches, massive cities, and humid jungles of Brazil to explore Brazilian Noir. 
    We'll introduce Leighton Gage's 'Blood of the WIcked' the first Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigation. We'll take a look at some of the crime fiction books of the decade, and see if 'Carny Kill' is really a forgotten classic. We also ask, "Just who the hell is Leighton Gage?"
    Put on your swimsuit and join us on the beach.
    Get in touch with the show:
    pointblankpodcast@gmail.com
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Ficiton
    www.pointblankpodcast.com

    • 59 min
    E37 -- Out -- Natsuo Kirino -- Stray Dog -- Manhunt Magazine

    E37 -- Out -- Natsuo Kirino -- Stray Dog -- Manhunt Magazine

    Welcome to the second part of our feature on Natsuo Kirino's noir classic Out. We dive deep into the text and discuss the good and the less good. Warning: spoilers aplenty so read ahead. 
    We also review Akira Kurosawa's film noir classic Stray Dog, look back at Black Mask's lesser known young sibling, Manhunt Magazine, and give you five kill shots in Five Round Burst.
    Get in touch with the show!
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
    www.pointblankpodcast.com
     
    Support the show:
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pointblankcrime

    • 1 hr 4 min
    E36: Out (Part 1) -- Natsuo Kirino -- Japanese Noir -- Dog Eared Classics

    E36: Out (Part 1) -- Natsuo Kirino -- Japanese Noir -- Dog Eared Classics

    In Episode 36, we head as far east as we're going to go on on our Noir Trip Around the World as we take you to the industrial wastelands of working class Tokyo with our introduction to Natsuo Kirino's very popular and controversial crime noir, Out. In Subject Unknown, we chat about Japanese Noir, and Kurt shares a Dog Eared Classic. 
    Get in touch with the show.
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
    www.pointblankpodcast.com
    Support the show.
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pointblankcrime

    • 50 min
    E35: My Sister, The Serial Killer (Part 2)--Deep Dive--Forgotten Classics?--5 Round Burst

    E35: My Sister, The Serial Killer (Part 2)--Deep Dive--Forgotten Classics?--5 Round Burst

    Welcome to Point Blank Podcast!
    In Episode 35, we take a close look at two sisters; ones a killer, the other cleans up the mess. We travel to Lagos, Nigeria a place think with a gritty noir feel where we cover Oyinkan Braithwaite's wildly popular "My Sister, The Serial Killer."
    We look at the work of a nearly forgotten female mystery writer from the 1950s, Helen Nielsen. In my opinion her work deserves to be remembered.
    A number of books are on target in 5 Round burst and that's it for Nigeria. On to Japan.
    Get in touch with the show!
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
     

    • 1 hr 3 min

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