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City By The Sea [DVD] [2002] <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert De Niro
City By The Sea [DVD] [2002] DVD ~ Robert De Niro
3.0 out of 5 stars Fathers and sons, 6 April 2014
City by the Sea is an odd film. It is a film that isn't quite sure if it wants to be a gritty detective story or a family drama, and doesn't quite succeed as either. New York detective Vincent LaMarca (de Niro) has turned his back on his home town of Long Beach, and with his junkie son (Franco), but he is drawn back by a murder investigation in which his son is the prime suspect. It is not a vintage de Niro performance, and in some scenes he is out acted by Franco. Frances McDormand makes some brief appearances but has little opportunity to shine.
Standing in Another Man's Grave (Inspector Rebus 1&hellip by Ian Rankin
2.0 out of 5 stars Rebus rebooted, 12 April 2013
He's back. Brooding, bitter, angry and still coming to terms with being a retired police detective. The most famous ex-cop in Edinburgh has found refuge in a cold case unit, hoping he might use a breakthrough in a long forgotten murder to lever his way back into the police force. Then a young woman disappears on the A9, and amid the media storm, Rebus begins to suspect that the solution to the mystery is to be found in one of his cold cases.

Rankin can write - the prologue of Standing in Another Man's Grave is a skilful exercise in subtly and mood, full of dark motifs and ironic observations. If this was maintained throughout the book, I would be Rankin's biggest fan, but much… Read more
Once You Break a Knuckle: Stories by D. W. Wilson
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5.0 out of 5 stars It will always break, 12 April 2013
Wilson's stories are set in far reaches of British Columbia, in the remote town of Invermere, a world of dead-end jobs, broken families, and brutal winters. The twelve stories cover three generations, using recurring characters but changing perspectives. They plot the relationship between fathers and sons, and men and their lovers.

It is a tough, unsophisticated world, populated by everyday men, good and bad, brave and cowardly. They are interested in firearms, cars and women. They strive to redeem themselves and realise their limited ambitions, while struggling against the reality of their lives.

Great writing opens up a world, makes its characters real, and… Read more