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Criminal Element: Babylon Berlin

The Burrow goes to Weimar for my latest scrape with the Criminal Element, a review of the hit German TV series Babylon Berlin: Despite its utter failure to provide stability for the German people between the wars, the late Weimar Republic has been fabulously successful in another regard: providing the…

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South Coming True: “Paid Off”

I haven’t been posting “South Tech Today” and “News from the Future” for a while because that’s now called “the front page of the newspaper.” However, this article in the Washington Post is (a) too absurd for even me to think of it while writing South, and (b) too perfect…

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Criminal Element: Fauda

The Criminal Element meets Doha 12 in my latest review: Fauda is a vivid, fast-paced Israeli political thriller that features kinetic storytelling, expertly played tension, and highly authentic action sequences. It also finds time to present the human side of a conflict that’s become dehumanized over the decades. Its two…

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Criminal Element: Four Seasons in Havana

My latest entanglement with the Criminal Element takes me across the Florida Strait to the land of mojitos: The Las cuatro estaciones (Four Seasons in Havana) detective novels have brought Leonardo Padura fame, a certain amount of financial and political independence, a visit by Anthony Bourdain … and now, a…

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Criminal Element: Riphagen

My latest run-in with the Criminal Element has me watching a TV show about a bad, bad man: The spectrum of “bad behavior” stretches all the way from kicking puppies to genocide. How despicable can the central character of a movie or TV show be before you can’t watch it…

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Appearance: Book Carnival, 3 June 2017

I’ll be appearing at Book Carnival in Orange, CA (348 S. Tustin Street) on Saturday, 3 June at 2:00 p.m. to talk about The Collection, read an excerpt, and sign books. Book Carnival is an independent bookstore dedicated to mysteries and thrillers. Anne, the owner, makes a point of supporting…

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