The House That Jack Built review

Though it is relentlessly grim and terrifying, The House That Jack Built is still an important work of art, since neither grimness nor terror disqualifies a movie from being art.  It is a well-made horror movie by Lars von Trier about a serial killer and, ultimately, a morality tale.  Von Trier depicts the murders the killer commits in clinical, detached detail and they are chilling to watch.  Hitler and Mussolini are the killer’s icons, so be prepared to be unsettled.  Think American Psycho without the satire.

MWA Brouhaha about an Edgar Award

I’m an indie crime thriller writer, and I’m not a member of the MWA. I also haven’t read anything by Linda Fairstein, who is up for an Edgar Grand Masters Award, but I have read Martin Cruz Smith, who has also been nominated for the award, and I know Smith’s a good writer.

Certain individuals don’t want Fairstein to receive the award because as a DA in New York she oversaw the prosecution of the Central Park Five in 1989. 

Since the MWA is a writer’s organization, it should judge the merits of Linda’s writing skills rather than her DA skills. If people have problems with her DA skills, they should address those skills using a forum other than the MWA.

Goodreads Giveaway for The Payout

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A distressed young woman falls under the spell of a homicidal maniac and becomes his partner in a murder plot to collect on his life insurance policy in The Payout.

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Enter the Giveaway for a chance to win

Enter the Amazon Giveaway for a chance to win an e-book of Bryan Cassiday’s gripping, pitch-dark psychological thriller The Payout.

A distressed young woman falls under the spell of a homicidal maniac and becomes his partner in a murder plot to collect on his life insurance policy.

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