69 episodes

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.

    E65: Razorblade Tears -- Mildred Pierce -- The Asphalt Jungle

    E65: Razorblade Tears -- Mildred Pierce -- The Asphalt Jungle

    Hello, again, Point Blank Listeners!
    Sorry for the delay. I've been sick. Here's episode 65.
    We cover the bestselling, award-winning Razorblade Tears. S.A. Cosby delivers another powerful noir tale, and we get down into the grit to examine why this one is making all of the "best" lists. Justin provides a short review of the classic James M. Cain novel Mildred Pierce , and we discuss the noir film The Asphalt Jungle.
    Contact the show:
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
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    Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir and Detective Fiction

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    Episode 64 -- Margaret Millar -- Beast in View

    Episode 64 -- Margaret Millar -- Beast in View

    Blankers!
    This episode we discuss Margaret Millar's terrific noir classic Beast in View. This book's got it all: murder, threatening phone calls from bar telephones, a waterproof woman, domestic drama, gender politics, unreliable narrators, and a twist that will knock your socks off. 
    Want to get in touch with the show?
    Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pointblankpodcast/
    $ Support: https://www.patreon.com/pointblankcrime
    Give us a review on iTunes.
     

    • 52 min
    E63 -- Tartan Noir -- Laidlaw

    E63 -- Tartan Noir -- Laidlaw

    We are back! Sorry for the delay. We needed an extended holiday break.
    In this episode, we discuss Tartan/Scottish Noir through the lens of what is considered the first Tartan Noir Laidlaw.
    Laidlaw is a gritty detective novel taking place on the streets of Glasgow in the 1970s. William McIlvanney or Gus to his friends is considered the father of Scottish noir and gives us working-class fiction from a working-class town.
    Want to get in touch with the show?
    Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pointblankpodcast/
    Give us a review on iTunes.
     

    • 58 min
    E62 -- Cop Hater -- Ed McBain

    E62 -- Cop Hater -- Ed McBain

    Hey Blankers - 
    Kurt & I finally got around to recording Episode 62. This time we take a walk down the mean streets of Isola with Ed McBain's Cop Hater. The first novel in the acclaimed 87th Precinct series, Cop Hater (1956) set the blueprint for modern police procedurals. Does it hold up? Tune in & find out!
    Get in touch with the show:
    Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com 
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir 
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction 
    Good Reads Point Blank page:  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/747867-point-blank 

    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! 
    Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/point-blank-hardboiled-noir-detective-fiction/id1276038868 

    • 55 min
    E61 -- Ecological Noir -- The Monkey Wrench Gang -- Animals

    E61 -- Ecological Noir -- The Monkey Wrench Gang -- Animals

    What in the world is eco-noir? 
    We attempt to answer that question by looking at a few texts that might be ecological noir. In the discussion, we mention:
    The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abby
    Animals by Will Staples
    Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
    The Glass Factory by Kenneth Wishnia
    Nature Noir by Jordan Fisher Smith
    Captiva by Randy Wayne White
     
    If you'd like to get in touch with the show:
    Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Facebook: Point Blank: Noir, Hardboiled, and Detective Fiction

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    E60 -- 5 Round Review: Summer Edition

    E60 -- 5 Round Review: Summer Edition

    Blankers! 
     
    Find your sun hat, stab that beach umbrella into the sand, and break out the Banana Boat -- this is Five Round Reviews: Summer Edition.
     
    We have 13 short reviews for you--from Jim Harrison & Dorothy B. Hughes to David Heska Wanbli Weiden & Nick Kolakowski. (See the full list below.)



    Get in touch with the show:


    Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com
     
    Twitter: @pointblanknoir
     
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
     
    Good Reads Point Blank page:  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/747867-point-blank
     
    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!
     
    Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/point-blank-hardboiled-noir-detective-fiction/id1276038868
     
    Books reviewed (full list)

    No Room at the Morgue by Jean Patrick Manchette

    The Prone Gunman by Jean Patrick Manchette
     
    Timber Beasts: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery by S.L. Stoner
     
    The Great Leader by Jim Harrison

    The Big Seven by Jim Harrison

    Paradise Palms: Red Menace Mob by Paul Haddad
     
    The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes
     
    Maxine Unleashes Doomsday by Nick Kolakowski 
     
    Noir by Christopher Moore
     
    White Tears by Hari Kunzru 
     
    Palm Springs Noir ed. by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett: ARC 
     
    Someone to Watch Over Me by Dan Bronson
     
    Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden 

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Dodgerbill ,

Great crime fiction discussion

This is a great podcast. It’s the first time I’ve been exposed to a serious critical analysis of the books I love. Along with deep dives into classic hard boiled novels there are ratings and brief discussions of lots of other books. It’s a great way to add to my TBR list.

TelegramSam55 ,

Not perfect, which makes it great

As a Chandler fan, my intro to Point Blank was the Big Sleep episode (3). I binged ten more over the next couple of days and I continue to sample random episodes here and there. It’s obvious after a few minutes that Justin and Kurt have a sincere love and deep knowledge of the genre(s). Their excitement is infectious, even when I’m not particularly into a book or author, or disagree with their opinions. Yet they’re not annoyingly geeky or over-caffeinated, which ruins a lot of other podcasts. Like good writers, they have a great sense of pacing, something else other podcasts could learn from. They’re able to take deep dives without exhausting the subject (or being exhausting), and their short reviews and analyses don’t feel shallow or slight. Another refreshing aspect is that I feel I’m listening to actual people talking, not “performers.” They’re just professional enough to keep it smooth and listenable, but it feels intimate and real (most of the time — see below). They’re opinionated without being obnoxious or pretentious, humble enough to allow the existence of other points of view, and aren’t afraid to call out their own biases. They have distinct personalities and approaches that helps keep things interesting. My one big critique is far from a deal-breaker, but bears mentioning… The discussions are fresh and natural, yet many solo reviews feel too formal, where it’s obvious they’re reading from prepared texts. Podcasts aren’t audiobooks or lectures. A minor criticism, which is admittedly out of their control, is that they agree too much! I’d love to hear more Siskel and Ebert-like (dating myself…) arguments. Overall, I can’t see a serious crime fiction/noir fan not finding Point Blank interesting and entertaining, and I think it would be a great intro for an avid reader who’s not familiar with the genres but would like to dive in. PS: A few reviews here call out PB for being “political” or “woke.” This is extremely misleading, as the podcast is anything but. They only broach such subjects as race, sexuality, gender, etc when it’s integral to the material itself, or context is required in analyzing books from the 1920s-70s in the 21st century. While they don’t attempt to be neutral or “fair and balanced,” they don’t preach, at all.

Kapepeiaoʻeha ,

Hawaiian listener

These guys introduced me to some of my favorite writers (e.g. Dorothy B. Hughes and now Scott Kikkawa). Highly recommended for anyone interested in hardboild, noir, and dtective fiction.

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