Tom Clancy was an author who created stories from the raw material of a real world in conflict. He conquered one media platform after another.
All of Pynchon’s works are crammed with cultural references; here they seem less mysterious and significant than in previous novels. In „Bleeding Edge,“ Pynchon seems like a kid playing in a ball pit, having lot of fun tossing around whatever is brightly colored.
Weinman’s admiration for contemporary domestic-suspense writers led her to seek out their foremothers, 14 of whom are represented in „Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives.“ The anthology spans work published from the 1940s through the 1970s.
The second novel by the author unfolds more like a treasure map than a work of fiction. Pessl is the much-lauded author of „Special Topics in Calamity Physics,“ which the New York Times-Book Review selected as one of the 10 best books of 2006
Why does Manson continue to compel us? Not because he reflects the dark heart of the 1960s but because he exemplifies a more far-reaching darkness, the one inside ourselves. As he said at his trial, „I am only what you made me.“
In Russia, a Swedish crime novel described as a cross between „The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo“ and „Fifty Shades of Grey“ is a bestseller with mysterious origins.
Smith’s novel follows gangster Cot Sims, who’s on the run after stealing emeralds- but it’s more than that. It may make the most sense to read „Men in Miami Hotels“ as an extended tone poem, in which the language of crime, of violence, informs the language of inner life.
Stephen King’s new „Joyland“ mixes chills with amusement park thrills. An amusement park and murder figure into a coming-of-age tale in this miniature thriller with a hint of the supernatural.
Richard Lange upends the thriller in his beautifully paced, deftly written book about moral compromise, in which we have empathy for everyone (or almost everyone) and no one at once.
„Angel Baby“: a thriller that makes its own terms: Richard Lange upends the thriller in his beautifully paced, deftly written book about moral compromise, in which we have empathy for everyone (or almost everyone) and no one at once.
„You write and you discover. All art comes from the unconscious. You keep doing it and things keep coming up and they take form. Then your consciousness sees the form and works with it. But what comes out is something else.“
Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara published her first Mas Arai mystery in 2004. The series starring the Japanese American gardener and crime solver is now on its fifth novel, „Strawberry Yellow.“
L.A. Times Festival of Books: During a conversation tantalizingly titled „What We Can’t Tell You“, four such authors pulled back the curtain on how they craft compelling mysteries.
The author gets to tell one story after another in conjuring up a woman who lives and dies repeatedly, and it’s a remarkable conceit. There’s a bit of Edward Gorey-esque glee in the way she keeps knocking off her main character, but also poetry and emotion.
Raymond Chandler is among the undisputed masters of crime fiction, especially for stories set on the mean Southern California streets. Steph Cha’s debut novel begins as an homage to Marlowe and Chandler before ending up exploring vastly different mean streets of L.A.
„The Accursed,“ an astonishing fever dream of a novel, sets loose specters from the beyond to prey on innocent and guilty alike. But are there any real innocents in the diseased society Oates so scathingly depicts?
For some criminal defense attorneys, the quest to find and exonerate an inmate wrongly convicted of murder is the white whale of their profession – Journalist Barry Siegel digs into Bill Macumber’s convition. His case was taken up by the Arizona Justice Project.
Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy offer an authoritative study of the legendary criminal and the long manhunt that culminated in Santa Monica in 2011. Nearly 82, Bulger had spent 15 years hiding in plain sight in an apartment complex near the Pacific.
Infiltrating Southern California biker gangs — Two new books tell firsthand accounts of going undercover with the Vagos.
The greatest detective in the world has been under the protection of Arthur Conan Doyle and that author’s heirs. But one scholar believes it’s time for Sherlock Holmes to be set free.
Author Dan Baum discusses his new book, which aims to bring another perspective to the national debate by curating the thoughts of an eclectic collection of firearm owners.