Taylor Stevens, the widely acclaimed author of “The Informationist,” “The Innocent” and now “The Doll,” doesn’t get it when people find her special.
Novelist Alan Glynn chuckles to himself as he reveals the secret of his success. In his soft Dublin accent, he recalls W. Somerset Maugham’s advice. “There are three rules for writing a novel,” Maugham famously declared. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
Walter Mosley refuses to restrict his work to one detective or even one genre. He’s written plays, political nonfiction, literary fiction, science fiction. Like Twain and Dickens, he crossed genre all the time: “It’s a natural thing.”
The lycans in “Red Moon” don’t transform on the full moon. Though they share many of the same features as traditional werewolves – their appearance, bestial duality and infectious bite among them – the lycans of Percy’s second novel can generally control their episodes.
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.
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.
Alexander Söderberg’s debut thriller has car chases, of course. But it’s the study of innocent Sophie Brinkmann and her association with the criminal elite that infuses the story with tension and propels it forward.
J. Kingston Pierce on “Helsinki Blood” by James Thompson “Pale Horses” by Jassy Mackenzie; ”A Man Without Breath” by Philip Kerr; “The Perfect Ghost” by Linda Barnes; “When the Devil Drives” by Christopher Brookmyre and …
Author Leighton Gage heaps complications onto the tracks of his protagonist as this yarn steams ahead. Gage concocts police procedurals that are also stories of societal ills and illusions, and are stronger for such ambitions.
You’d be forgiven, if you knocked up against him in Portland, Ore., for having no clue that Roger Hobbs is the hottest new thriller writer to emerge this spring. He is 24 and graduated from Reed College in 2011.
The book, written at the pace of a conventional thriller, cares less about waxing philosophic on the nature of history and decision-making than it does setting up a believable context for its action.
Saville’s invention of an Africa ruled by Nazi masters starts out with a visit to Burton Cole. After the attempt to assassinate a Nazi leader from his past in Deutsch Kongo goes awry, he and his team hide, run, kill, and bleed–there’s a lot of blood–their way across Africa.
In “The Burn Palace”, Dobyns gives readers a mystery that hijacks you on the first page and holds you as a terrified hostage until the last. The cast of characters are rendered with a humanity, psychology and poetry that probe deeper than a straightforward whodunit.
J. Kingston Pierce reviews three mystery novels dealing in very different ways with World War I: “The Mannequin House” by R. N. Morris, Edward Marston’s “Instrument of Slaughter” and Robert Ryan’s “Dead Man’s Land.”
Thanks to the popularity — even today, in reruns — of the TV series “Perry Mason”, most people think of Erle Stanley Gardner solely as the creator of that extraordinarily successful Los Angeles criminal attorney played by Raymond Burr.
Dick Wolf’s tight, twisty debut thriller, “The Intercept,” offers some globetrotting as well as some implications that are global in scope. Many readers will finish the book with the conviction that it should be adapted for the small or the big screen.
Sometimes, the world we live in just won’t cooperate with a novelist’s needs. Such was the case with Brad Taylor’s latest Pike Logan thriller “Enemy of Mine”, which takes the former Delta Force operator’s heroes into the geopolitical schemes of the Middle East.
Sue Grafton delivers insight into her career as an award-winning international best-selling author published in 29 countries and 27 languages, with a readership in the millions. Her new book, “Kinsey and Me”, is being published this month.
Peter Robinson’s “breakout book,” “In a Dry Season”, was published in 1999. It was his 10th police procedural featuring dogged and hunch-trusting Yorkshire DCI Alan Banks. J. Kingston Pearce talked to Robinson about “Watching the Dark”, his 20th Banks outing.