Author Archive: David Pitt

David Pitt lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to reviewing for Booklist, he writes a monthly column about paperback fiction and nonfiction for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has contributed to The Booklist Reader since 2010.

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Mysteries on the Small Screen: The People v. O.  J. Simpson

Mysteries on the Small Screen: The People v. O. J. Simpson

Title: American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson Starring: John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sara Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, David Schwimmer, and Nathan Lane First aired: 2016 Where you can watch it: FXNow, Hulu, Amazon Prime Did you watch the ten-part FX series The People v O. J. Simpson? It was based on […]

Reading the Screen: American Sniper

Reading the Screen: American Sniper

This looks promising: Steven Spielberg has announced (see this story at the Guardian’s website) that he’ll be directing a movie based on Chris Kyle’s 2011 memoir, American Sniper. Kyle, you might remember, was the Navy SEAL and sniper who was shot to death, by a fellow combat veteran, at a gun range in February 2013. Bradley Cooper’s […]

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Reading the Screen: The Shining News

Reading the Screen: The Shining News

You probably know that Stephen King, author of The Shining (1977), strongly dislikes Stanley Kubrick’s film version (1980). I’m not going to get into the whole is-he-right-or-is-he-wrong debate — although I do have an opinion — but it’ll be interesting to see what King has to say when he’s seen the prequel, being written by […]

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Reading the Screen: 11/22/63

Reading the Screen: 11/22/63

According to this story at Deadline.com, Bad Robot, the company run by J.J. Abrams (TV’s Alias and Lost; the films Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek), is working on a deal to option Stephen King’s excellent 2011 novel 11/22/63 for television. If you haven’t read the novel, you really ought to. King’s take on the […]

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Reading the Screen: Doc Savage

Reading the Screen: Doc Savage

You might not know this, but before he directed Iron Man 3 Shane Black was developing a Doc Savage movie. According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is back on. In case you’ve never met him, Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, is the pulp-fiction hero whose adventures were told, in the […]

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Reading the Screen: Ringworld

Reading the Screen: Ringworld

Most science fiction fans have a favorite book they wish somebody would make into a movie. Mine is Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man, but for a lot of SF fans that book is Larry Niven’s classic 1970 novel Ringworld, in which a group of human and alien explorers try to uncover the secrets of an […]

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Mystery Month: Science Fiction Mysteries

Mystery Month: Science Fiction Mysteries

Here’s a brain teaser for you: in the far-flung future, a human detective teams up withan android to solve a homicide. Is this a mystery novel, or is it science fiction? The great thing about Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel (1954) is, no matter how many times you read it, and no matter how […]

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Reading the Screen: Len Deighton's Bernard Samson

Reading the Screen: Len Deighton's Bernard Samson

Here’s a spot of good news for Len Deighton fans: Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire screenplay, is working on an 18-part television series based on Deighton’s Bernard Samson novels. I found out about it at The Hollywood Reporter. Samson is, of course, the British SIS operative who starred in three […]

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Mystery Month: Spoofs

Mystery Month: Spoofs

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Burt Bacharach.” When Austin Powers (Mike Myers) looks directly at the audience and introduces the famed composer in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, you know this isn’t your typical mystery spoof. As silly as it is, it’s also sly and daring: as much as it’s done on television these days, you […]

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Reading the Screen: The Informant!
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Reading the Screen: The Informant!

Here’s why Steven Soderbergh is a genius. Kurt Eichenwald’s The Informant (2000) is a wonderful book, a business book the way they’re meant to be written, with an exciting story (whistleblower exposes price-fixing in major industry), compelling characters, and a seriously out-of-left-field plot twist (whistleblower turns out to be a liar with an, um, especially […]

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