Category Archives: The Mystery-Investigation Complex

12 Books of Christmas: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

If the key to understanding a person really is understanding their hobby horses, then understanding me is a matter of understanding the Mystery-Investigation Complex. While I love science fiction and fantasy, my truest love is the detective story, whether playing … Continue reading

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Read Means Run [2012]

I held a little party recently and in attendance was a Raymond Chandler fan other than me – an automatic win, I’d say. We got talking about The Simple Art of Murder, and W.H. Auden’s Guilty Vicarage, with a little detour through … Continue reading

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The Limehouse Golem [2016]

Detective Inspector John Kildare [Bill Nighy] is thrown under the bus by Scotland Yard – assigned an unsolvable serial killing at the last minute to save the reputation of a distinguished colleague. Faced with certain failure, the inspector nevertheless begins … Continue reading

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Goldstone [2016]

This is a tidy little noir set in a gold-mining town in Queensland. It is quite conventional, in that it has most of the classic plot points and character archetypes. It is beautifully shot, well-acted, well-scripted, with an evocative score, … Continue reading

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The Veronica Mars Movie [2014]

The best detective fiction often has a pair of crimes in parallel – one in the present caused by one in the future. To solve the present, you must excavate the past. This can take a range of forms, so … Continue reading

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Spectre [2015]

Over the past decade I’ve gotten used to talking about a post-Bourne bond. The Bourne Identity represented a seismic shift in how “we” thought about the action spy. We moved from the total impervious quipper into something a little more visceral and a lot … Continue reading

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22 Jump Street [2014]

I had the ideal entry into this film. I hadn’t seen 21 Jump Street, hadn’t seen any trailers, and it’d been released long enough previously that I couldn’t remember any details from reviews other than it was fun and had a great … Continue reading

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