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Crime Fiction

Five Reasons Why Progressives Should Read Crime Fiction

Kenneth Wishnia | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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.

Hey Writer! What's Your Brand?

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When did writers start being brands? This question led me through a maze of other squirrely musings. If you write a memoir, are you forever a memoirist? What happens if a thriller writer dares to try his hand at romance?

11 Bizarre Covers From Pulp Crime Fiction

Posted 07.16.2012 | Books

The golden age of pulp noir detective novels is long gone, but their covers -- hand-painted, dramatic, misogynist -- have become symbolic of a genre a...

Interview: Author Don Winslow and The Kings of Cool

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Kings of Cool picks up the story of the Savages trio -- the weed-dealing Ben, Chon and Ophelia -- a few years before Savages. Prequel? Not exactly -- at least writer Don Winslow doesn't look at it that way.

Friday Fiends

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.05.2012 | Comedy
Christopher Caen

As the night became darker and darker, I was having a harder time following the crow. It darted between buildings, down alleys, coming to rest on alco...

Karin Slaughter And Others On Writing Crime Fiction

Karin Slaughter | Posted 08.18.2012 | Books
Karin Slaughter

Readers are so familiar now with law enforcement that crime writers have to find ways to surprise them.

A Look at Vera Caspary's 'Laura' (1943)

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
M.J. Rose

Vera Caspary wrote thrillers -- but not like any other author of her time, male or female. Her specialty was a specific type that she pioneered -- the psycho thriller.

The Evolution Of Detectives In Fiction

Max Allan Collins | Posted 07.08.2012 | Books
Max Allan Collins

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

Scottoline's Come Home Is a Big Disappointment

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

There will surely be people who will enjoy this Nancy Drew type of mystery but I am not one of them. I expected more from Lisa Scottoline -- much, much more.

Fact From Fiction: Writing Crime Fiction From Police Documents

Rex Burns | Posted 05.09.2012 | Books
Rex Burns

Real life by itself seldom makes a complete novel. The writer of police procedurals must use imagination to convert factual happenings into a story with structure and purpose.