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Editors are the goalkeepers of the publishing world, saving many a writer from making heinous mistakes but most of the time they are overlooked. This ode sings their praises. It’s also a requiem for a veteran editor named Paul Dorsey. During late October and...read more
After a convicted serial killer dubbed Thailand’s “Jack the Ripper” was released from jail in 2019 only to kill again, Jim Algie looks back at a true crime show from 2013 called “The Masseuse Murders” which chronicles his deadly exploits....read more
David Kendall, the former creator and host of the MTV alt.rock show “120 Minutes,” gives the Phantom Lover collection of horror and noir a four-star review in the South China Morning Post, Asia’s biggest English-language daily, in its January 3, 2015...read more
In the bestselling mystery series by John Burdett, the Phuket-set entry, Vulture Peak, which deals with the gruesome organ trade, may be the most compelling and moving of the six novels. Review by Jim Algie. Starting with the brilliantly warped Bangkok 8, the series...read more
In The Book of the Most Precious Substance Sara Gran probes those grey areas between the mind, the libido and magic in a mystery about the world’s oldest obsession. Story by Jim Algie. Should every seemingly objective review begin with a totally subjective disclaimer?...read more
The debut solo album by Steven Bradley, who has spent much of his music career as a producer and sound-man and backing musician, reveals the harmonious benefits of staying power in a youth-crazy business. Many middle-aged people are content to either rest on their...read more