71 episodes

Point Blank is a podcast about hardboiled, noir, and detective fiction. Mixing serious analysis and humor, the co-hosts (Justin and Kurt) discuss classic or contemporary works of crime fiction in 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 classic or contemporary works of crime fiction in 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.

    E67: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre -- B. Traven

    E67: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre -- B. Traven

    Greed. Ambition. Gold Fever. Adventure.
    Join us for a discussion of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" by the mysterious author B. Traven.
    Three men down on their luck strike out to find gold in the mountains of Mexico. Will they find their fortunes? Probably not or else it would be a boring book.
    While this one isn't exactly crime fiction, we think it offers a lot of the hardboiled and noir elements that crime fiction fans will enjoy.
    Contact the show:
    Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction

    • 1 hr
    E66: Adios Muchachos -- Daniel Chavarria

    E66: Adios Muchachos -- Daniel Chavarria

    Bienvenido a Cuba!
    Grab a rum and join us for Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarria.
    Alicia is a woman looking for a rich man to help her escape. She's got a plan that involves a bicycle and seduction. What she doesn't plan for is a kidnapping. 
    We discuss this novel, provide some short reviews, and touch on the world of Cuban Noir.
    Get in touch with the show:
    pointblanknoir@gmail.com
    Find us on Facebook:
    Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    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
    Find Us on Facebook:
    Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir and Detective Fiction

    • 1 hr 1 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

lowefidelity ,

Heating up

Sierra Madre! Iceberg Slim! This show is heating up!! I’m very excited. I’d love to hear your guys experience reading the great work of Donald Goines.

1988pens ,

Anti-Racist

These guys, especially Justin, just aren’t anti-racist enough. When you aren’t sufficiently anti-racist, that means you are racist. They need to dig deep, and start doing the work.

Gilda Dent ,

Good noir genre overview

Very much enjoy this podcast, 5 stars

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