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4 Bad Side Effects of Reading Fiction According to the 19th Century

Beth Bartlett | Posted 06.20.2014 | Books
Beth Bartlett

These days we're desperately trying to get more people to read ("Please, read anything, here's a YA novel by the Kardashians") but in the 1800s, it was a different story.

Caught Up in a Dark and Twisted Tide -- Sharon Bolton's Latest

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

This time the mystery is manifold: Who is drowning these young women, where did the women come from, who (or what?) is leaving threats (or promises?) on the deck of Lacey's houseboat, what is Mark Joesbury up to -- and does a mermaid really exist in the waters of the Thames?

Bits, Pieces and MacGuffins -- The Making of a Thriller, Part I

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 05.29.2014 | Books
Bill DeSmedt

Nowadays, we have come to expect thrillers where we do care about the device that drives the plot -- not least because said device represents a credible threat to our nation, our way of life, or, best of all, our whole world.

The Kill Switch: A Talk With James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, California.

The Most Dangerous Game: Christopher Yates' Black Chalk

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"Never trust the artist, trust the tale." Christopher Yates invokes the famous D.H. Lawrence quote that functions as an epigraph to Black Chalk, Yates' darkly psychological debut thriller.

Why Do Readers Get Pleasure From Bad Things Happening To Good People?

Daniel Palmer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Books
Daniel Palmer

Why is it bad things happening to good people makes for such compelling, dare I say, pleasurable reading? There is a universal appeal to peeking into the miserable lives of others that has nothing to do with schadenfreude in its purest definition.

15 Mysteries/Thrillers That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted 04.22.2014 | Books

Originally published on Amazon: Gone Girl mania might have taken readers by storm, but there's a world of thriller and mystery books to explore whi...

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

Thrillers Boost the Film Industry: A Conversation With Festival Director Bruno Barde in Beaune

Karin Badt | Posted 06.06.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

I trust Barde's recommendations. He is not only the director of the Beaune International Thriller Festival, but five other festivals, including Deauville and Marrakesh. As such, he personally watches over l000 films a year, to choose the selection for each festival.

The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.

Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2014

Wendy Webb | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Wendy Webb

I love suspense and mystery novels, and I'm really excited about several that are set to be released in 2014. Here's a list of some of the ones that I'm most looking forward to.

Dude reads like a lady

Roz Warren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

As he handed me his library card, I waited for the disclaimer. Sure enough, he announced, "These aren't for me. They're for my wife."

Your Brain on Books

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of The Independent, a British newspaper. The article noted research done...

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is a prolific author who has written 40 novels. Jon's most recent novel, The Tenth Circle, involves terrorist attacks on the U.S, masterminded by a vicious cabal.

An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.

Film Director John Sayles Is Back With Go for Sisters: Thriller or Female Buddy Movie?

Penelope Andrew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

It's the performances that make this film work. Most are good, some superb.

The Magic of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Artfully written, a novel can make you leave behind your world -- at least for the hours you spend reading -- and enter the one unfolding on the pages before you.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Barry Eisler is the best-selling author of two thriller series, one featuring John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin; and another featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven.

Why Crime-Thriller Fiction

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

They always say write what you know, but I prefer to write what I love. And they always say, write the kind of book you would love to read. So, I write crime fiction.

One Part Noir, One Part Snuff, One Part La Lohan

Jill Di Donato | Posted 10.05.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

Voyeurism is a necessary ingredient for all thrillers, but in The Canyons, with all the hoopla about its stars, the project itself begs the question: is this low-budget train wreck a filmic version of reality TV or cinematic verite at its finest? I don't really care.

7 Thrillers You Need To Read This Summer

Posted 07.23.2013 | Books

Karin Slaughter's new book, Unseen, came out earlier this month, and in honor of that, she shared her top thriller reads for the summer with us. E...

A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the highly acclaimed, bestselling author of historical thrillers, including the Cotton Malone adventure series.

Physics Can Be Fatal: A Talk With Elissa Grodin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Elissa Grodin's father founded AMC Theaters and invented multiplex and megaplex movie theaters. She has an extensive background in film. Elissa studie...

Lost in Front of Our Eyes

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I've called S.J. Bolton the Queen before and I proclaim it again: Bolton rules the world of psychological thrillers. She presents the evidence, year a...

What We Talk About When We (Don't) Talk About Race

Stuart Connelly | Posted 04.23.2013 | Entertainment
Stuart Connelly

I've just finished shooting my first feature film, The Suspect, a psychological thriller designed to entertain the audience -- but I fully understand that it owes its very existence to the ongoing problem of race relations in America.