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Astoria Characters: The Ex-Cop on the Legal Beat

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.02.2017 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Bankruptcy is not as bad as you think. Before you dismiss this seemingly novel idea, give Phill Mahony a chance to explain it to you.

Are Authors Anything Like the Characters They Write?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Kristen Houghton

Basing certain traits on an actual person, living or dead, is one thing but the question most authors of fiction get asked by readers is, "Is the main character in your stories anything at all like you?"

Why Aren't More Latino Authors Being Published?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.21.2015 | Home
Daniel Cubias

Basically, there are only so many tales of brave and adventurous white people that Hispanic kids can read. At some point, they disconnect.

P.D. James: Master of the Modern Detective Novel

Khanh Ho | Posted 02.02.2015 | Home
Khanh Ho

I think this is the stroke of genius on P.D. James's part: creating a character from this cloth. Dalgliesh is the dream child of the frustrated novelist, for he can make striking observations and connections that a more down-to-earth gumshoe simply cannot make.

Serial: Why Is It So Popular?

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.26.2015 | Home
Khanh Ho

That's how Serial is supposed to get you: The feeling of true waiting -- something that is lost in our digital culture where all things are instantaneously present simultaneously -- is a novel sensation. Pardon the pun.

The Olsen Twins And Rust Cohle Are The Greatest Crime Fighting Team Ever

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Home

"The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley" and "True Detective" may be the greatest detective stories of our time. One duo solves any crime by dinner time...

Calling All Sherlocks! A New Game in Town

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 05.10.2014 | Home
Sidonie Sawyer

HintHunt is a new live escape game, the first of its kind in Paris, the city of medieval mystery and... baguettes. Exported from England after its imm...

"Christmas Letter 2013"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.11.2014 | Home
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spi...

The Art of Losing

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.16.2013 | Home
Khanh Ho

Perhaps I was destined to grow into an expert -- an expert of loss. Perhaps that is why I even managed to lose, at such a tender age, something that another human being found unforgettable, so much so, that she kept it to her breast.

'Hostile Witness'

James Duff | Posted 09.05.2012 | Home
James Duff

At its core, The Closer has always been about the battle between idealism and pragmatism represented in our daily lives by the tug between career and family, between our expectations and our realities.

The Evolution Of Detectives In Fiction

Max Allan Collins | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Max Allan Collins

Here are the authors and their creations who, in my view, changed the detective game.

Maroon 5 with Travie McCoy on SNL, Plus Chatting with Vince Gill, Trombone Shorty and Paul Rodgers

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.06.2012 | Home
Mike Ragogna


Following the Evidence

Peter Mehlman | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Peter Mehlman

In LA, we think we know the sociology of the city so well that, through amateur detective work and blatant racial profiling, any mystery is solvable.

Send Your Orphan Heirlooms Home

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.09.2011 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

About a decade ago, I accidentally launched into a sub-hobby of genealogy - one I refer to as orphan heirloom rescues. The idea is to return items to descendants of their original owners.

The Faithful Shopper: Buy Books in New York

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

A number of notable independent bookshops in New York are bucking the trend, providing a place to browse and find the unexpected tome or meet an author.

We Have a Lot to Do Lou

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robin Sax

Legendary homicide detective Lou Smit, age 75, passed away last week in Colorado after a battle with cancer. One of Smit's most famous (and as-yet unsolved) investigations was the JonBenet Ramsey case.

Stolen Descartes Lette Found Through Internet Search

AFP | AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A stolen letter written by 17th-century thinker Descartes and found in the United States was returned to France Tuesday, ending a detective tale featu...

Meeting the Victim

Det. Christine Mannina | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Det. Christine Mannina

Unfortunately, in my line of work, I deal with cases where the victim has not survived. Recently though, I had the rare opportunity to meet and speak with a victim who had survived rape.

Playing With Fire

Det. Christine Mannina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Det. Christine Mannina

What I wish this victim had learned earlier is that no matter your demeanor, engaging in any illegal business will lead you to become involved with dangerous people who have hate in their hearts.

University of Alabama Shooting: A Lesson in Red Flags

Det. Christine Mannina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Det. Christine Mannina

Bishop's behavior the day of the shootings doesn't interest me as much as her violent past. Given her history of violence, why was this woman permitted to work with students?

When Love Leads to Violence

Det. Christine Mannina | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Det. Christine Mannina

I have worked my share of domestic murder cases and with each one the challenge isn't figuring out who did it, but rather wrapping my head around how people can get to a point where they kill someone they love.

Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle's Ambivalent Feelings Towards His Character

The Wall Street Journal | JOHN J. MILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For Sherlock Holmes, the most important date on the calendar is Christmas--and not just because the latest film to feature him comes out on Dec. 25. ...

Finding Yourself and Your First Film, on Google

Jim Killeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Killeen

I met a sexual swinger in Denver, a father of eight in St. Louis, a retired NYPD detective, a traffic engineer in Scotland, and a health care executive in Melbourne Australia.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Endearing, but not Engaging

Jessica Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jessica Gross

If you're looking for a series to watch before bedtime or after a stressful day, The No. Ladies' Detective Agency is for you. But for challenging and emotive television, look elsewhere.

My Crime Fighting Hero

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Dimond

Crime Stoppers programs have helped solved more than 1 million major crimes and have assisted in the recovery of more than 8 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics.