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The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

The Bad Review (Of My Own Book) That Made Me Laugh

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

This nimrod didn't compare my adult thriller to any other book in my Nick Hoffman mystery series, but wholly inappropriately compared it to a children's self-help book. And reached a conclusion 100% at odds with what actually happens in the novel and what it means.

For I Have Sinned: A Writer Combines Raw Truth and Fiction

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Kristen Houghton

True stories make for interesting reading and writers have found that combining raw truth in a fictional tale enhances a good book.

The Place Behind the Pines: "The Killing" Ends in Light

Jill Di Donato | Posted 10.02.2014 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

'Detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder are deeply affected by the murders they investigate in this dark, acclaimed series,' or so says Netflix, in its description of the show it acquired from AMC.

The Lost Girls of Gilgo: True-Crime Thriller Premieres In New York City

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

When it comes to horror, we like it ripped from the headlines, or so suggests the rise in popularity of true-crime thrillers.

The Violent Life of a Crime-thriller Writer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.14.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.

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.

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.

'Long Shot'

James Duff | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
James Duff

Unbelievably, we have reached the finale of our first season of Major Crimes. And the title of our last episode reflects what many of us thought about our chances of success when we first began this adventure. Amazingly, our audience stuck with us, and so we will be back next year with fifteen brand new stories we hope will serve to intrigue and entertain.

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.

A Chill in the Air

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 04.22.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Even with hot, humid Los Angeles as its setting, No One Knows You're Here gave me the chills.  And I mean that in the best of ways.  

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.

Mighty Movie Podcast: José Padilha on Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Dan Persons | Posted 01.11.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Like Dirty Harry with a social conscience, the Brazilian film Elite Squad: The Enemy Within manages to kick all kinds of righteous ass while delving into the pernicious effect of corruption on those allegedly pledged with looking after the public welfare.

A Maniac and His Muse

Jan Herman | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Jan Herman

Susan Fleet's new killer thriller, Diva, is subtitled "a novel of psychological suspense." That's an understatement.

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 I Won't Write a Disaster Thriller

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

Writers have limits when it comes to the amount of violence they'll tolerate in fiction. This is because in order to write a scene, a writer not only has to put themselves inside the action, they have to go deep inside their characters' heads.

Age: 66, Jobs: 2, Plan to Quit/Retire? Never

Haggai Carmon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Haggai Carmon

At the age of 66, I now have two jobs. I'm a trial lawyer, mostly for the U.S. government's civil litigation cases in Israel, and a writer of intelligence.

The State of the Crime Novel

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

I've asked six of the most renowned crime fiction critics in the country to weigh in with their thoughts on the state of the crime novel. I hope you find their responses as interesting as I did.

What Made Von Brunn Do It?

Gregg Hurwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gregg Hurwitz

While I don't believe that stories cause someone to commit violence, I do believe that as a creator, I have a responsibility not to provide a game plan for criminals shopping for information.

Quiet Teacher: Part Four

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

The final online installment of Arthur Rosenfeld's new novel, Quiet Teacher; a new thriller about the lives, loves, and action adventures of Dr. Xenon Pearl, neurosurgeon by day and vigilante by night.