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Crime Novels

Why Crime-Thriller Fiction?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.21.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often asked why I write crime-thriller novels. Sometimes, I think the answer is easy: I love to read them, so I write them, too.

10 Must-read Books for Spring

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 04.03.2015 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

I know that none of you have time for books that won't hold your attention, so if you're looking for a great book for a weekend escape -- or just an escape from everyday life -- here are my recommendations.

Never Tell Me the Odds

James S. Parker | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books
James S. Parker

Writing, like so many other things in life, is just not easy. Some days the words flow, other days you can't produce a coherent phrase. It can be maddening.

13 Absolutely Terrifying Serial Killers From Fiction

Sergey Kuznetsov | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Sergey Kuznetsov

When I wrote Butterfly Skin (Titan Books, $14.95), a violent novel about a serial killer, his crimes and his love, readers and journalists asked me ab...

Giving the Devil His Due: A Review of Alex Grecian's The Devil's Workshop

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

The reader finds herself plunged first into the dim recesses of a disturbed mind, itself imprisoned in the dark belly of London's underground.


Babette Hughes | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Babette Hughes

"Listen," my uncle said to me, "your dad was just unlucky getting murdered like that." Look at Bugsy Siegel and Legs Diamond. Al Capone. Dutch Schultz...

The Big Trailer: A Cool New Way to Tell The World About Your Book

James S. Parker | Posted 03.22.2014 | Books
James S. Parker

Any first year freshman majoring in Marketing will tell you that the key to selling any product or service is to get the word out. It's a fairly simp...

Our Literary Families

James S. Parker | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
James S. Parker

Every reader out there can tell you who their favorite author is. That's pretty easy. But when asked why they're their favorite, even the most fanat...


Babette Hughes | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Babette Hughes

At the age of fifteen on a lovely June afternoon in 1912, Florence, my mother, graduated valedictorian from the Jewish Orphan Home. After the ceremonies, her Hebrew teacher, Mrs. Adler, climbed the stairs to her dorm when she was packing her few belongings. "You're to go to the office," she told her.

The Lost Father

Babette Hughes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Babette Hughes

Did this really happen? I believe so. But it really doesn't matter, not to me, because I have absorbed so many reports and whispers and been told so many confessions and recollections for so long that they have become part of me and are fixed as the moon.

Do Things Really Go Bump in the Night?

James S. Parker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
James S. Parker

Fall is my favorite time of year. The stunning colors displayed by nature, the rich scent of harvest in the air, and the days gradually shortening as the earth prepares to rest.

The Making of a Hero

James S. Parker | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
James S. Parker

Since the beginning of time, man has enjoyed stories of adventure and daring and in almost all of these tales there has been, of course, the hero.

Peter Pan and Me

James S. Parker | Posted 11.06.2013 | Fifty
James S. Parker

I realized that only I controlled my attitude. I suddenly went from being a writer in theory to one who got up every day and told the story that was begging to be told.

The Creator Of 'Rizzoli & Isles' Is Tackling Her Biggest Case Yet

Sherri Snelling | Posted 09.25.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Her campaign embraces society's love of pop culture with her passion to help solve one of society's looming aging and health issues: finding a cure for a disease which robs the victims of their personalities and joys in life.

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..."

The Devil's Company: A Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Peter Clothier

I'm a big fan of Benjamin Weaver, the Jewish prize-figher turned "thief taker," who is the hero of David Liss's The Devil's Company, the third in the series of crime novels set in 18th century London.

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 Is it true?

The Lawyer's Lawyer Is Great Until a Weak Ending

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Lawyer's Lawyer is a book worth reading just for its exposure to the talent of James Sheehan. The book reads like something Grisham would have written in his earlier days.

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."

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.

Why We Love Mystery Novels: Murder, Mayhem, and Cultural Mirrors

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Most of us who are avid readers as adults probably cut our teeth on mysteries. This summer, I have devoured so many amazing mystery novels that I started analyzing why this genre appeals to me so much.

11 Amazing Thrillers To Read On The Beach

Ariel S. Winter | Posted 10.10.2012 | Books
Ariel S. Winter

If you are looking for a list of crime novels to take to the beach this summer other than the ones on the bestseller list, here are 11 books to consider.

Is Your Psycho Killer Just...Psycho?

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 06.25.2012 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

The next time you begin conceptualizing your crime story's villain, don't be afraid to mine your own feelings. Down deep, below the surface. It's where the motherlode of characterization, and all the narrative gold that results, lies hidden.

Writing a Muscular Mystery

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.05.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've always been making up stories about people I see, whether in restaurants, malls, parks, theaters, wherever. hat's just how I see the world, or the many worlds within this world. One of those is the enormous health club that I've belonged to for 20 years.