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Detective Novels

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

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.26.2016 | 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.

Israel's Most Closely-Guarded Secret (Excerpt)

Barry Lando | Posted 11.11.2013 | Books
Barry Lando

I'd like to introduce you to an excerpt from my new mystery novel about the U.S. and Israel --The Watchman's File.

The 15 Greatest Kid Detectives

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

Are you raising an aspiring super-sleuth? Is the young reader in your life a code-cracking, baddy-busting, fiend-foiling, eagle-eyed P.I.? Then look no further because this round up includes some of the most quick-witted kid detectives of children's literature.

Why You Should E-publish; Why You Should Not

Khanh Ho | Posted 03.21.2013 | Books
Khanh Ho

Get out there on the blogosphere and you're going to run across it: strong words--yea or nay--about the merits of e-publishing.

Gun Control 101: Top 10 Things That Will Change in Detective Fiction in a Post-Gun Control America

Khanh Ho | Posted 03.16.2013 | Comedy
Khanh Ho

Who wants to see an action adventure movie without the rat-a-tat-tat of guns guns guns -- massive guns of every make and model?

Encyclopedia Brown Urges Children To Embrace Their Inner Nerd

Eva Glettner | Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

Children should have more role models like Ms. Andrea and Encyclopedia Brown. Life is so much more interesting when we encourage creativity and let it take hold.

Photographing the Granddaddy of Detective Fiction

Carolyn Vega | Posted 09.21.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

2011-07-22-pullquote.jpgWilkie Collins was one of the major literary celebrities of the Victorian age.

Stalking Charlie Chan

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

As a teenager, I went through a serious Sherlock Holmes phase. So, until I read Yunte Huang's Charlie Chan, I thought I'd seen it all in terms of works about sleuths that blurred lines and crossed boundaries.

James Patterson Founds International Crime Novel Franchise

The Wall Street Journal | Alexandra Alter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mr. Patterson plans to partner on his new "Private" series with writers in Germany, Italy, England and Australia. Mr. Patterson has long relied on co-...

Reuniting Ray and Cissy

Mark Coggins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coggins

Raymond Chandler, who along with Dashiell Hammett perfected the American hardboiled detective novel, died a lonely man. A mere seventeen people attended his funeral.

Laugh Once a Day, and Other Tips from Henning Mankell

Alex Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Palmer

Mankell's novels, which have sold some 30 million copies worldwide, deal with gruesome murders and the dark side of his native Sweden, but the author showcased his whimsical side on Friday.

Charlie Huston on Detective Fiction, the Joe Pitt Casebooks and Vampires (With a Y.)

Ed Zitron | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Zitron

Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt casebook series takes place in a modern-day New York that exists with a Vampyric (note the spelling) war bubbling under the surface.

Robert B. Parker Dead: Beloved Novelist Dies At 77

Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind | Sarah Weinmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

At the age of 77, "just sitting at his desk" at his home in Cambridge, Mass., according to an email sent out by a representative of his U.K. publisher...