At the height of his renown, back in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Scottish adventure-thriller writer Alistair MacLean rivaled even Agatha Christie as a best-seller. More than a dozen motion pictures were adapted from MacLean’s yarns.
Pierre Lemaitre on „A Commonplace Killing“, by Siân Busby, „The Double“, by George Pelecanos, „Spider Woman’s Daughter“, by Anne Hillerman, „Critical Mass“, by Sara Paretsky and …
At The Rap Sheet J. Kingston Pierce is running a wonderful homage to Elmore Leonard, featuring many names from the genre all paying their respects. This is Part I.
At The Rap Sheet J. Kingston Pierce is running a wonderful homage to Elmore Leonard, featuring many names from the genre all paying their respects. This is Part II.
No pain, no gain – No matter how hard you think your life is, it’s probably better than that of Cal Weaver, the protagonist in Linwood Barclay’s latest anxiety-charged thriller, „A Tap on the Window“.
This is one of those stories in which nothing seems to go right. Ever. Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, has earned a handsome following over the last decade by penning twist-driven thrillers (including last year’s „Trust Your Eyes“).
Although he’s best known for his works of historical crime fiction, such as last year’s languid but nonetheless gripping „House of the Hunted“, British author Mills takes a different course with his fifth novel.
J. Kingston Pierce is always surprised when he hears longtime followers of crime and mystery fiction say they’ve never read anything by Ed Gorman. He’s churned out novels—around 100 of them so far—over the last three decades.
„The Mojito Coast“ (its title a play on Paul Theroux’s „The Mosquito Coast“) is something of a throwback, but in the best sense. Its list of debts extends at least to Mickey Spillane, Brett Halliday and that renowned Humphrey Bogart picture, „Casablanca.“
A weekly alert for followers of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction. This time J. Kingston Pierce reviews „A Conspiracy of Faith“ by Jussi Adler-Olsen and „Tapestry“ by Canadian author J. Robert Janes.
Although the novel „The Black Country“ lacks some of the attractions of its predecessor „The Yard“ (2012), it still secures Alex Grecian standing as somebody whose work is well worth following
Vienna, 1901. With the police seemingly indifferent to the murder of a 19-year-old prostitute known as Mitzi, brothel-keeper Frau Mutzenbacher turns to lawyer Karl Werthen to find out what happened and bring her killer to justice.
Some of the best-recognized crime-fictionists living north of the U.S. border don’t commonly set their tales on their home turf. However, there remain plenty of made-in-Canada authors with easily discernible links to the land of maple leaves.
Most readers, when they deliberate over the geographical wellsprings of modern mystery and thriller fiction, think of either the United States or Great Britain. But Canada? Despite a history of contributions to this genre that dates back at least to the early 19th century.
J. Kingston Pierce had the opportunity to interview Marilyn Rose, a professor in the Department of English at Ontario’s Brock University. Rose has created the online database CrimeFictionCanada.
In memory of a dear friend, Pierce reviews for The Rap Sheet both Philip Kerr’s „A Man Without Breath“, a Bernie Gunther novel which is set in the 1940s, and John Sandrolini’s also historically aligned debut novel „One of our Baby“.
J. Kingston Pierce provides an interesting look at Loren D. Estleman’s „Alive!“ and Susanna Gregory’s „Murder by the Book“. He has also read „The Old Turk’s Load“ by Gregory Gibson and Owen Laukkanen’s „Criminal Enterprise“.
For the last few years, J. Kingston Pierce has provided part-time help to an independent bookshop in his north Seattle neighborhood. Here are his 10 crime-fiction recommendations for inexperiencedreaders.
You’ve got to wonder how Finnish homicide inspector Kari Vaara – introduced in „Snow Angels“ (2009) – manages to keep going. The Kentucky-born, Finland-living Thompson knows how to pen emotionally riveting crime stories, as dark as a Nordic winter.
In „Capital Punishment“, the author debuts his third series protagonist, a British ex-homicide cop-turned-“freelance kidnap consultant” named Charles Boxer. This book finds Boxer hunting for Alyshia D’Cruz, the fetching 25-year-old daughter of a Indian businessman.
In Kem Nunn’s first novel, „Tapping the Source“ (1984), Huntington Beach is a greasy smear on the California seacoast. This book begins as a noir quest and a whodunit for the main character, but finishes for him as a jaded who-cares-whodunit.
Koryta’s work took a while to cross the Atlantic. This had much to do with the fact that his first four books, concluding with „The Silent Hour“ (2009), were all P.I. tales, and professional investigators-for-hire have never been staples of Britain’s literary culture.