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December 2, 2011 / C.T. Henry

From the Creators of Today’s Best TV

If you haven’t watched Luther (BBC) yet, then you’re missing the best crime miniseries on TV since The Wire.  It even features one of The Wire‘s principal actors: Idris Elba (aka Stringer Bell).  Luther is a daring new psychological thriller, and I doubt that television audiences have seen anything like it before.  Trust me, it’s definitely not for the timid.  Neil Cross is the writer and creator, and now he’s written a prequel and published it as a book.

LUTHER: The Calling by Neil Cross (UK – Aug. 2011) (US – Sept. 2012)


Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective. A near-genius. He’s brilliant; he’s intense; he’s instinctive. He’s obsessional. He’s dangerous. DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad – not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t; things way beyond the limits of the law.

Luther: The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther’s past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder…


Justified (FX) is another critically-acclaimed series, which finally found its momentum in Season Two.  Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) brilliantly plays Marshall Raylan Givens.  The peculiar characters and the poor, rural setting of Eastern Kentucky’s coal-mining towns give Justified a distinctly Southern flavor and charm.

RAYLAN: A Novel by Elmore Leonard (UK – Jan. 17, 2012) (US – Jan. 31, 2012)


U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Pronto, Riding the Rap, Fire in the Hole) is one of Leonard’s most popular creations, thanks in part to the phenomenal success of the hit TV series “Justified.” Leonard’s Raylan shines a spotlight once again on the dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, this time in his familiar but not particularly cozy milieu of Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business.


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