50 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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    • 4.6, 41 Ratings

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.

    E47 -- Yakudoshi Age of Calamity -- Chris McKinney -- Scott Kikkawa

    E47 -- Yakudoshi Age of Calamity -- Chris McKinney -- Scott Kikkawa

    Hi Blankers! 
    This is our second of two episodes dedicated to Hawaiian Noir. 
    Our deep dive is the short, gritty Yakudoshi: Age of Calamity by Chris McKinney, an under-heralded Hawaiian author who should be getting far more attention than he does.
    We also feature a review of Scott Kikkawa's first novel, Kona Winds,  a historical detective story set in 1950s Honolulu we both enjoyed. 
    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
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    • 56 min
    E46 -- For a Song by Rodney Morales -- Hawaiian Noir -- 5 Round Burst

    E46 -- For a Song by Rodney Morales -- Hawaiian Noir -- 5 Round Burst

    Welcome to episode 46! We head out into the Pacific for a look at Hawaiian Noir. 
    For our featured book this time we focus on "For a Song" by Rodney Morales a classic detective tale with a lot of local flavor. In Subject Unknown and 5 Round Burst we focus on more reasons to enjoy Hawaiian Noir.
    This is part 1 of a 2 part look at the crime fiction of the islands.
    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
    Don't forget to rate us on Apple Podcasts and share the show with your friends!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    E45 -- Richard Stark's The Hunter -- Deep Dive -- Cinema Spotlight -- Five Round Burst

    E45 -- Richard Stark's The Hunter -- Deep Dive -- Cinema Spotlight -- Five Round Burst

    In Episode 45 we do a deep dive of Richard Stark’s The Hunter.
    Did we like it? Yes, but. . . 
    Also in this episode, Justin discusses two classic noir films in Cinema Spotlight, and we get back to basics 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!

    • 53 min
    E44 -- Intro to Richard Stark's The Hunter — Forgotten Classics? — Subject Unknown -- Donald Westlake

    E44 -- Intro to Richard Stark's The Hunter — Forgotten Classics? — Subject Unknown -- Donald Westlake

    Hey, Blankers! In Episode 44 we introduce Richard Stark's The Hunter, featuring the antihero of antiheroes, no-sense thief & miscreant Parker. Wrong Parker once, and you best watch your back. 

    Also in this episode, Kurt shares a Forgotten Classic, Nightmare Alley, we chat about Crime Fiction in the age of Pandemic, & we learn a bit about prolific-as-hell Donald Westlake. 


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    • 51 min
    E43 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep — Deep Discussion -- Forgotten Classics -- Five Round Burst

    E43 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep — Deep Discussion -- Forgotten Classics -- Five Round Burst

    Greetings Blankers!
    In Episode 43, we dive deep into Philip K Dick’s sci-fi-noir classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    In Forgotten Classics, Kurt puts Home is the Sailor by Day Keene to the test. 
    We also review 5 books in 5 minutes during 5 Round Burst.
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    • 59 min
    Quarantine Edition -- Panic in the Streets -- The Killer That Stalked New York

    Quarantine Edition -- Panic in the Streets -- The Killer That Stalked New York

    Hello Blankers!
    Here is another short episode for these very difficult times.
    I (Kurt) am on my own this time looking at two classic noir era films which cover pandemics. "Panic in the Streets" and "The Killer That Stalked New York" are both from 1950 and feature some interesting noir takes on the issue. I enjoyed watching them and I hope you gain something from them as well. 
    Wash your hands and keep your distance!
    Note: Maybe don't watch these if you are already stressed about our current situation.
     
    As always you can get in touch with the show at:
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com 
    or on Facebook.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Sheik of Honolulu ,

Point Blank Does Hawai’i Right

Justin and Kurt have done for Hawai’i what they have done for France, Nigeria, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and others: they’ve introduced noir from Hawai’i to the rest of America, and they’ve done it right. They review and discuss with enthusiasm and thought, and Hawai’i writers are in their debt.

Best of all, they recognize that noir is not only the sole province of the line wolf white guy. They’ve introduced me, and probably countless others, to done truly great reads.

Nobody does noir, hardboiled and detective fiction better. Many say the genre is dying, but thanks to these guys I have hope that it’s patently untrue.

Keep up the good work: noir needs you!

Zombiewulfgrl ,

Five bullets to the brain

Justin and Kurt review noir and neo noir books in an informative, well thought out way, tinged with humor. They pull no punches, don’t expect every book to be rated five stars. I appreciate the candor these gentlemen share us.

mister B ,

For noir fans

There aren’t many podcasts for crime/noir/hard boiled fiction aficionados out there - this one may be the best

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