Author: Jeffrey A. Cooper

BOOK REVIEW: “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (Marlon James – 2014)

Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (2014) is a challenging, demanding historical fiction narrated by multiple characters, giving a complex viewpoint of Jamaican crime, gang culture, and politics over several decades.  It’s a character-driven epic, told in non-linear time, and focuses on the ripples and consequences of the people involved in the attempted

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Lock Artist” by Scott Hamilton (2010)

  FOUR STARS (****)  The Lock Artist is everything they say it is:  a rich, funny, entertaining, character-based coming of age crime story filled with believable, interesting characters in a well-paced thriller. To say that I’m behind in reading the seminal novels in this genre is an understatement.  But there’s a good reason why, if you

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Fifty Bucks Never Killed Anybody – Why “Used Cars” is a Classic Caper Comedy

  Kurt Russell headlined a cast of top-shelf character actors in Used Cars, a criminally underrated caper comedy from an era rich in great movie comedies.  Director Robert Zemeckis has been quoted as saying he’s glad he’s outgrown the film.  Is he nuts? Zemeckis’ groundbreaking work in digital and special effects for movies like the

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A BURIED GEM: “Who’s Minding the Mint?”

“Who’s Minding the Mint?” is the funniest caper movie that you’ve never heard of before now. This was one of those movies that happened to me by accident.  It was running on a local independent television station, a Sunday morning ten o’clock movie that aired right after the televised Sunday morning services.  There weren’t any

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