It’s a taut, well-written mystery that does a wonderful job of reviving an all-but-dead genre, the gumshoe detective style mastered by Hammett, Chandler and (on the other side of the pond, and in a very different mode) Sayers.
Next month sees the release of Guillermo Del Toro’s new film „Pacific Rim“. It pits the world against Kaiju monsters rising up out of the sea and the heroes that fight them in their giant robots, known as Jaegers.
Daniel Stashower’s new nonfiction book, „Hour of Peril“, tells the harrowing tale of how Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, saved Abraham Lincoln from assassination in 1861.
Harlan Coben is an author who creates stories that twist and turn throughout their pages. Such is the case with his new novel, „Six Years“. You immediately are faced with a situation which can’t be true, but as the pages unfold you learn that it is.
It was in this era of the so-called „Moral Majority,“ a largely white, conservative, Christian view of America, that author Michael Nava crafted one of the most unlikely of literary heroes: Henry Rios, a gay, Latino criminal attorney with a passion for justice.
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to try his hand at writing detective stories, he was determined that chance would play little or no role in the solution of the crime.
The author Stephen King today published „Guns“, a powerful essay about gun culture, in which he calls on gun owners to support the ban on semi-automatic weapons.
„Gone Girl“ is Flynn’s third novel and her biggest success. The book tells the story Amy Dunne, a Missouri woman who may or may not have been murdered by her husband, Nick, on the couple’s five-year anniversary.
If you can let yourself go long enough to enjoy the preposterousness of the ghost of a 17 -year-old sworn to protect the fictional island of Stella Maris, just north of Charleston, S.C., then you’re going to love „Lowcountry Boil“, the debut novel of Susan M. Boyer.
„The City of Dark Magic“ (Penguin Books, November 27, 2012) by Magnus Flyte is one of those rare cases when the behind-the-scenes story behind a great novel is almost as intriguing as what is found on its pages.
The American and British schools used to be poles apart. Both were entertaining, but in markedly different ways.
Damien Echols – released in August 2011 -, who was convicted as teenager and spent 18 years on Death Row for a triple murder he swears he didn’t commit.
The author of the „Goosebumps“ series and the adult novel „Red Rain“ tells us what gives him goosebumps.
Damien Echols, born Michael Wayne Hutchison, is now 38 years old. While in jail, he converted to Zen Buddhism, met and married his wife, and was repeated beaten by the guards. He now works as a writer, artist and advocate for prison reform.
In preparation for the new James Bond movie „Skyfall“, new releases of the classic titles are emerging on both sides of the Atlantic.
„Don’t shit where you eat“ has always sounded like sensible and pertinent advice to Irvine Welsh. So as a writer, he tries to keep his zones of reading for pleasure and work completely separate.
At the end of the year, Julie A. Carlson usually makes a top ten list of favorite books that she has read. These books consist of a mixture of adult and young adult fiction. One of the best and most entertaining books she read this year is „Something Strange and Deadly“.
Bestselling, award-winning crime author R.J. Ellory has been caught faking Amazon reviews for both his own books and the books of his competitors.
Victor LaValle is the author of a collection of stories, „Slapboxing With Jesus“, which won the PEN/Open Book Award, and three novels, including „The Ecstatic“, after which Mos Def named one of his albums, and „Big Machine“, which won an American Book Award.
Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 best-seller „Gone Girl“, talks with „The Interview Show“ host Mark Bazer about the book (as much as she can without spoiling it), her life today and how to say „Missouri.“ (Videobeitrag)
Anna Katharine Green was one of the most prominent early women in the field of crime fiction. Now, female mystery writers are not only established names, but often lead the genre. Here’s a list of some of the English language’s most talented female exponents.