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Crime Fiction

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.

Book Review: Taken by Robert Crais

Rob Taub | Posted 03.21.2012 | Books
Rob Taub

I have no criticisms of Robert Crais' writing, other than I wish he could write as fast as I devour his work, which would require him to crank out -- at the very least -- a new book every week.

My Favorite Thriller of 2011: The White Devil

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.13.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

The White Devil ingeniously mixes literary detective work, a horror story, young love, academic satire, and cultural conflict between Americans and Brits. It is truly one of the most compelling thrillers I've read in the last few years.

Mystery, Clues, Suspense -- Just Another Day on the Job

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 01.11.2012 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

As a mystery writer, I believe that crime stems from strong emotions, and strong emotions stem from conflict.

Writing Academic Satire... For Fun and Profit

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.03.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Outsiders slam academia for not being "the real world," but I disagree. At times it's far too real. It can exhibit the oversize egos of professional sports; the hypocrisy of politics; the cruelty of big business; and the ruthlessness of organized crime.

Don't Be a Book Snob!

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.07.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Over the thirty years of my publishing career, I've learned that book snobs come in all shapes and sizes. And their snobbery often seems more about them than the genre they've picked for their disdain.

Why Do Publishers Hope You're Reading More Crime Fiction? | ALEXANDRA ALTER | Posted 09.07.2011 | Books

Crime often spikes when the economy sputters, but does demand for crime fiction surge as well? Publishers hope so. This year, as print sales contin...

Bloodthirsty Britain: A Taste For A High Body Count | Alison Flood | Posted 08.13.2011 | Books

Sliced to death in an olive machine? Decapitated by a glider cable? Squashed by a large brass wind instrument? These are just some of the ways in whic...

Fallen Shows the Extraordinary Talent of Karin Slaughter

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.07.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Fallen is Karin Slaughter's latest novel and once again she carries forward the characters she has created in her past novels. Each of her books stand...

Is Jo Nesbo The Next Stieg Larsson?

The Washington Post | Posted 07.04.2011 | Books

It was during his touring days that a friend at a publishing house contacted him: With the success he’d had with lyrics, perhaps he might want to tr...

Diamond in the Rough: Review of The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

The Informationist is a page-turning thriller that sets up information bounty hunter Vanessa Michael Munroe as a likable, flawed character in what promises to be a strong series.

Best Books 2010: | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Editor's note: This is the third segment of January Magazine's Best Books of 2010 feature. The first was Books for Children and Young Adults, and the ...

A Tour of Bouchercon: San Francisco

Mark Coggins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coggins

Last weekend the mother of all crime fiction conferences was held in San Francisco. Dubbed "Bouchercon" to honor Anthony Boucher, a crime fiction writ...

The Gamble And The Payoff: Don Winslow On Pushing Boundaries

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

If I thought that a reader might experience a scene better as a film than as a novel, then I wrote it in screenplay form; if I thought that a scene would read better as poetry than as narrative prose, then I wrote it as poetry.

Sweden's Population: 9 Million. Camilla Lackberg's Swedish Book Sales: 3 Million. Camilla Who? (VIDEO)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Nine million people live in Sweden. Camilla Läckberg has sold three million books there. She is, her publisher boasts, "the most profitable native author in Swedish history."

Is Social Networking Making Us Dumber?

Gregg Hurwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gregg Hurwitz

Is it a stretch to suggest that as people's capability for normal interaction atrophies, their judgment is weakened as well? Have we utterly forgotten our definition of privacy?

After Stieg Larsson's Huge Success, Publishers Look For Next Big Foreign Crime Novel

The Wall Street Journal | ALEXANDRA ALTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Spurred by the popularity of Swedish writer Stieg Larsson's trilogy, which has sold more than 40 million copies world-wide, U.S. publishers are combin...

John Banville Loves Writing Under Pseudonym Benjamin Black

Reuters | Mark Egan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Award-winning Irish author John Banville has always been highly critical of his own writing, but with the publication of his latest crime novel, he sa...

Stieg Larsson Books Spark New Interest In Swedish Crime Fiction

The New York Times | Julie Bosman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The question is, after everybody reads 'Hornet's Nest,' what are they going to do?" said Stan Hynds, a book buyer at Northshire Bookstore in Manchest...

Peter Temple's 'Truth' Is The Best Crime Novel I've Read Since...Peter Temple's Last Crime Novel

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Looking for great fiction-writing? Friends, that is it: not a word wasted, every beat true, drama at the red line, a surprise that packs a wallop.

Through a Glass Darkly: Crime Fiction as a Window on American Culture

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

In a line stretching from Dashiel Hammett to Dennis Lehane, from James M. Cain to George Pellicanos, from Ed McBain to Sue Grafton, the best crime fiction -- like all great fiction, period -- shows us who we are.

Why Sherlock Holmes Beats CSI Any Day

S.J. Parris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
S.J. Parris

It's forensics and DNA that have caused all the trouble. Time was, anyone could solve a murder in a detective novel, which meant just about anybody could have a go at writing one.