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Crime Fiction

Dan Smith's The Darkest Heart: A Fresh Take On Crime Thrillers

Steven Petite | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

From Sierra Leone to Sumatra to Spain and the Soviet Union, Smith has seen it all, but his time spent living in central and northern Brazil gave him the tools to pen The Darkest Heart.

Brian Panowich's Glorious Bull Mountain Pays Homage to Southern Noir

Steven Petite | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Bull Mountain is an emphatic win for the somewhat niche genre of Southern Noir, spliced with the poignancy of literary fiction that comes together to create one of the best multi-generational family sagas in years.

What Is the Appeal of Detective Fiction? Dashiell Hammett's "The Continental Op" as Exemplar

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Anis Shivani

The first-person narrator is the imposer of order in a world of chaos--or rather, deceit, lies, hypocrisy, where nothing is as it seems. And yet reading a classic of noir fiction like Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op is a revelation.

'World Gone By': A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Dennis Lehane is known to millions of readers. His novels Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island became blockbuster movies, with the most recent film being The Drop, which is based on his short story, Animal Rescue.

'Phantom Limb': A Conversation With Dennis Palumbo

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Dennis Palumbo is a thriller writer and psychotherapist in private practice. He's the author of the non-fiction book, Writing from the Inside Out and a collection of mystery stories, From Crime to Crime.

Remembering P.D. James: When Crime Comes Calling, Good Luck Ignoring Its Knock

Christina Larmer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Books
Christina Larmer

With the recent death of the doyenne of crime fiction P.D. James at age 94, I am reminded of a wondrous quote she made in 2011 that put my life and work into perspective. "I don't think that we necessarily choose our genre; the genre chooses us."

The Bad Review (Of My Own Book) That Made Me Laugh

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

This nimrod didn't compare my adult thriller to any other book in my Nick Hoffman mystery series, but wholly inappropriately compared it to a children's self-help book. And reached a conclusion 100% at odds with what actually happens in the novel and what it means.

Is Crime Fiction Guilty Of Targeting Women?

Åsa Larsson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Åsa Larsson

Why? I honestly think these are interesting questions. Why are women so disproportionately the victims of crime fiction's violent crimes? Why do I kill so many dogs?

A Talk With Peter James and Ian Rankin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Internationally acclaimed, their books have been translated into dozens of languages, and are regularly on best-seller lists. Peter and Ian are being interviewed together since they collaborated on a story in Face Off, a collection of short stories by some of the world's greatest thriller writers.

Five Reasons Why Progressives Should Read Crime Fiction

Kenneth Wishnia | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Kenneth Wishnia

Let's face it: some of the most ideologically committed people rarely read fiction, even socially conscious fiction, which means they're only getting part of the story.

Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- Meet Jake Lassiter

Paul Levine | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Paul Levine

Funny thing is, just as with Spenser and Travis McGee, Jake never seemed that hard-boiled to me. Oh, there's the occasional tough-guy line: "They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim."

Bombshell Explodes From the First Page

Allison Leotta | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books
Allison Leotta

As a prosecutor turned novelist, I'm picky about the crime fiction I read -- which is why Catherine Coulter is one of my favorite authors.

A Talk with Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I told my wife, "I think I'm not going to practice law anymore. She said, "Are you crazy?" I said "If this is the way they treat their own, I don't want to be a part of that anymore. She asked what I was going to do, and I showed her The Lincoln Lawyer. I said, "I can do this..."

A Much Loved and Complex Kingpin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.20.2013 | TV
Mark Rubinstein

We crave real portrayals of people like ourselves: people who can be confused, get angry, celebrate joyous moments and sometimes feel rejected and unloved. James Gandolfini made Tony Soprano, the Jersey mob boss, one of us.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? America's Worst Serial Killer

Roger Marsh | Posted 04.29.2013 | Weird News
Roger Marsh

Herman is actually a good suspect for pulling off the Jack the Ripper crimes where his availability was there and he was a top practitioner of the advanced techniques used on the victims' bodies.

Is Most Contemporary Literary Fiction Really Terrible?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

I hear this complaint a lot, and it's just been repeated on Salon.com. Is it true?

Author Wins $50.9 Million In Lawsuit

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 04.21.2013 | Books

BOSTON — A federal jury awarded crime writer Patricia Cornwell nearly $51 million Tuesday in her lawsuit against her former financial management...

Sometimes We Root for the Crooks

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

This rough justice often carries readers and viewers along to cheer for the law breakers. Maybe they enact our taboo impulses, maybe not. But there's something deeply satisfying in watching characters you like cross the line and work out their own form of justice.

Book Review: Suspect by Robert Crais

Rob Taub | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Rob Taub

Suspect, Robert Crais's exceptional new novel, is about a special relationship that leads to mutual resurrection. "This is a story about a man healing a dog and the dog healing the man," said Crais. "It's a two-way street."

Does Being Famous Mean You Don't Have to Write Well?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.24.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

The Intercept reads like a first draft, or as if nobody bothered to edit it carefully, because, well, he's Dick Wolf.

Series on Series: Switching to Hardcover

William Bernhardt | Posted 01.20.2013 | Books
William Bernhardt

In my story, no one is willing to represent the supremacist accused of murder. Thus Ben is forced to do what I consider the hardest, most courageous work a lawyer can do -- representing the unpopular client.

Series on Series: Book Three and the Curse of the Green Covers

William Bernhardt | Posted 01.13.2013 | Books
William Bernhardt

Publishers believe that readers are not drawn to green, so the color is greatly disfavored in cover art. You don't believe me? Turn around right now and look at your bookshelf. How many green covers do you see?

Series on Series: Lessons from Writing Book Two

William Bernhardt | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
William Bernhardt

In the first book, I completely avoided what I thought was the cliché of legal fiction, the Perry Mason plot -- the big murder trial. So of course in the sequel, I completely embraced it.

8 True Crimes That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Mark Pryor | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Mark Pryor

Over the years, some crimes have been committed, some mysteries materialized, that no self-respecting author would ever create for fear of his book being tossed across the room to the sound of the reader yelling, "Oh, come on! That's just too unbelievable."

Why Do I Write Mysteries?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.14.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Reading offered relief and distance, especially the alternate worlds of science fiction and history. Mysteries promised something better once I discovered them: the assurance that things made sense, that evildoers were punished, and order could be restored.