Hommage: Elmore Leonard – 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 I.

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Hommage: Elmore Leonard – Part II

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.

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Rezension: Linwood Barclay: „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“).

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Beitrag: The Story Behind the Story: “Homicide 69,” by Sam Reaves

Reaves’ most recent book is the neo-noir crime thriller „Mean Town Blues“ (2008), but in the piece below he recalls his efforts in crafting a previous novel, „Homicide 69“, which was re-released last month in e-book form.

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Rezension: Mark Mills: „The Long Shadow“

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.

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Kolumne: The Story Behind the Story: “Hard Bite,” by Anonymous-9

This 44th entry in the “Story Behind the Story” series comes from Los Angeles-based freelance editor Elaine Ash, better known to crime-fiction readers as Anonymous-9.

Interview: William McIlvanney

When William McIlvanney wrote „Laidlaw,“ back in the late 1970s, Scotland was not well-known for its crime fiction — something he was to change singlehandedly. Tony Black talked with him.

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Kurzrezension: Jussi Adler-Olsen, J. Robert Janes

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.

Rezension: Alex Grecian: „The Black Country“

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

Interview: J. Sydney Jones

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.

The Story Behind the Story: „The Hunting Ground,“ by J. Robert Janes

This 42nd entry in The Rap Sheet’s “Story Behind the Story” series reintroduces us to Canadian author J. Robert Janes. In this essay he writes about „The Hunting Ground“, his new standalone thriller set during the German occupation of France during World War II.

Klassikercheck: David Dodge: „Carambola“

Even for a largely forgotten author like David Dodge, his 12th novel, „Carambola“ (1961), represents a new level of obscurity. Although it was published to positive reviews, it failed to capture the attention of contemporary readers.

Klassikercheck: Chester Himes: „A Rage in Harlem“

There are a number of aspects to „A Rage in Harlem“ that some modern readers might find uncomfortable; this book is certainly not for the prudish. It is an urban police procedural like no other.

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Klassikercheck: Valery Caspary: „Laura“

In the following essay, Quebec resident Jim Napier  looks back at one of the 20th century’s greatest femme fatale novels, a work The New York Times called “a top-drawer mystery”: „Laura“ by Valery Caspary.

Interview: Marilyn Rose

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.

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Rezensionen: Philip Kerr, John Sandrolini

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“.

Rezension: Jonathan Valin: „Life’s Work“

He showed up as soon as I heard the topic, Forgotten Crime Classics: Harry Stoner, Jonathan Valin’s tough-guy detective, charging through a book called „Life’s Work“. It starts out as a missing-persons case. All-Pro nose guard Billy Parks is gone.

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Rezensionen: Estleman, Gregory, Gibson & Laukkanen

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“.

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Beitrag: Scandinavian Nights: Nordic Noir and Wallander

British editor and critic Barry Forshaw briefs us on the roots of his passion for crime fiction – Brits as Arthur Conan Doyle, Graham Greene, and Eric Ambler – as well as on his latest non-fiction work about Nordic crime fiction.

Kurzrezension: James Thompson: „Helsinki Blood“

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.

Interview: Robert Wilson

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.

Rezension: Kem Nunn: „Tapping the Source“

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.