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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.

    E42 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep -- Neo Noir -- Titanshade -- Philip K. Dick

    E42 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep -- Neo Noir -- Titanshade -- Philip K. Dick

    Greetings Blankers!
    In Episode 42, don your jet packs because we are going "back to the future" with our introduction to Philip K Dick's sci-fi-noir classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 

    In Subject Unknown, we discuss Neo-Noir, particularly Sci-Fi Noir.
    For our Featured Review, we spend time with Dan Stout's terrific Titanshade, and Kurt also sheds light on Philip K. Dick: was he a paranoid drug-fueled narc, a genius, or both?


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    Quarantine Edition -- Riot in Cell Block 11

    Quarantine Edition -- Riot in Cell Block 11

    Hello Point Blank Listeners.
    Odds are you are under some type of stay at home order or doing some sort of social distancing. We've got you covered with a mini-episode. We both watched "Riot in Cell Block 11." It's a classic prison noir film that we both enjoyed. We talk about the film without any major spoilers, and it's pretty easy to find online for free viewing. Enjoy!

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    E41: An Easy Thing (Part 2) -- Cinema Spotlight "El Che" -- 5 Round Burst

    E41: An Easy Thing (Part 2) -- Cinema Spotlight "El Che" -- 5 Round Burst

    Welcome to Point Blank!
    This time around we share another round of Coca-Cola with Paco Ignacio Taibo II as we take a deep dive into An Easy Thing. We both loved this book and can't stop talking about it. In Cinema Spotlight, we still can't get away from Paco as we look at a documentary based on Paco's Che biography. It just happens to be hosted by Paco as well! In 5 Round Burst we look at fiction with a strong connection to Mexican Noir.
    Get in touch with the show:
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
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    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/point-blank-hardboiled-noir-detective-fiction/id`276038868
    Website: www.pointblankpodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    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!

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    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

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