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BOOK REVIEW – Joyland by Stephen King

By Marty Mulrooney

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Joyland is the new novel from the world’s best-selling author, Stephen King. The latest release in the highly successful and hugely popular ‘Hard Case Crime’ book series, Joyland tells the story of college student Devin Jones as he takes a part-time job at a small-town North Carolina amusement park during the summer of 1973. Trying to escape a broken heart, he instead discovers a crime – and ghost – mystery that will not only see him coming-of-age, but force him to take a ride with an evil that hides in broad daylight. Published through a collaboration between Winterfall LLC and Titan Publishing Group, Joyland is due to be released in the UK on the 7th June 2013.

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BOOK REVIEW – Driven by James Sallis

By Marty Mulrooney

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Driven is an American crime novel written by James Sallis. It is the sequel to his 2005 novel Drive, which was recently made into a critically acclaimed major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling. Shifting location from L.A. to Phoenix, the story picks up seven years after Driver finished his revenge spree against those who double-crossed him. Now calling himself Paul West and running a successful business, he is suddenly drawn back into the life of violence he thought he had left behind when his fiancée is brutally murdered on a hot Saturday morning.

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TELEVISION REVIEW – The Killing: The Complete Seasons One and Two (DVD)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Killing (Danish title Forbrydelsen) is a BAFTA award-winning and Emmy-nominated Danish television series written by Søren Sveistrup and produced by Danmarks Radio (the Danish Broadcasting Corporation). Each series follows Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) as she investigates a specific case; the first series deals with the brutal rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman named Nanna Birk Larsen, whilst the second series deals with numerous killings that somehow involve the Danish military. Both series were shown on BBC Four in 2011 to high viewer figures and overwhelming critical acclaim.

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BOOK REVIEW – Drive by James Sallis

By Marty Mulrooney

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Drive is a 2005 novella by American crime writer James Sallis which was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling. Set in L.A, it tells the story of a man known only as ‘Driver’, who is a Hollywood stunt driver for movies by day and a getaway driver for criminals by night. In classic noir fashion he is double-crossed when a robbery goes horrifically wrong, setting in motion a series of events that will irrevocably lead him down a road of revenge and violence, forcing him to break his strictly enforced code. “I drive. That’s what I do. All I do.”

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Eoin Colfer (Author, Plugged)

By Marty Mulrooney

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AMO recently reviewed Eoin Colfer’s latest novel Plugged, describing it as a “phenomenal page-turner of a book that offers one of 2011’s best reads so far.” Much to our delight, Mr Colfer then kindly agreed to join us for an exclusive online interview where we discussed Plugged, his Artemis Fowl series of books and baldness!

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BOOK REVIEW – Plugged by Eoin Colfer

By Marty Mulrooney

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Plugged marks a major departure in both subject matter and tone for author Eoin Colfer. Known mostly for his bestselling Artemis Fowl series of children’s books, here Colfer turns his gaze towards a strictly adult audience. Plugged is the story of Daniel McEvoy (Dan to his friends), an Irishman in New Jersey who works as a bouncer at a seedy strip club. When one of the club’s hostesses is murdered, a bizarre chain of events is set into motion that sees Dan stepping outside the law into a world of crime, deception, violence… and black-market hair transplant ops.

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TV REVIEW – A Nero Wolfe Mystery (A&E)

 By Stewie Sutherland

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With Sherlock Holmes taking over the big screen, I decided to re-watch one of my favourite shows that first got me into mysteries. If Holmes and Watson were the classical-persons detectives, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin were the more modern representations. Well, to a degree. Set 80 years ago, A Nero Wolfe Mystery was a short run (2 series only) show of the famous detectives created by Rex Stout.

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