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Francesca Lia Block's Noir Genius Shines Darkly in "Beyond the Pale Hotel"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Sitting in the lovely patio eating a vegan falafel bowl with Block across from me wearing a black tank top, black skinny jeans, and shiny pink Nike high-tops, I couldn't help feeling like I'd fallen into a Block novel.

Don't Knock Thrillers

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

A thriller is not a cozy mystery or a whodunit. It's a novel or play in which a threat to the life or well-being of the protagonist and/or other significant characters is paramount. Catastrophe will occur if the hero doesn't act decisively, and if necessary, with violence.

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Lev Raphael Rap About Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

We all know that writing is a solitary affair -- even when you talk to yourself and your spouse or your dog comes in and stares at you. That's why it's so much fun for us authors to go to conferences.

Strong Land

Rob Taub | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Rob Taub

"Writing a great thriller is like assembling a puzzle," explained author Jon Land recently when he called me from his home in Rhode Island. "When the reader first starts a book they should understand something about the pieces but not where they all fit."

Strong Darkness: A Talk With Jon Land

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jon Land is the prolific author of 30 novels. He is well-known for his Blaine McCracken series among others, as well as nine standalone novels. His latest series involves Texas Ranger, Caitlin Strong. Her courage and tenacity repeatedly land her, along with her paramour Cort Wesley Masters, on perilous terrain.

Hope, Friendship, and Intrigue: Nine Books to Keep You Company this Fall

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Whether you are looking for something to restore your faith in humanity, spend some time with friends, or be immersed in a world of mystery and intrigue, here are some titles to keep you company this fall.

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?

Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

There is statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If women suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.

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.

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

Beth Bartlett | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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.