Archive for May, 2017

The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

Robert Hofler begins Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts with a quote from his subject’s sister-in-law, Joan Didion: “Writers are always selling somebody out.” Hofler’s book, a smart, rangy portrait of an inordinately complicated man, begins with Dunne’s boyhood, made painful by his striving father’s scorn for his son’s effeminacy, details […]

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How Charles Todd Met Hamish McLeod: The Mother-Son Team Behind Inspector Ian Rutledge

How Charles Todd Met Hamish McLeod: The Mother-Son Team Behind Inspector Ian Rutledge

Hamish McLeod, a Scottish soldier in a British regiment during the Great War, was introduced to the reading public in 1996 in Charles Todd’s first novel, A Test of Wills. The book, the first in a solidly successful 21-book series, went on to be selected as one of the century’s 100 favorite mysteries. Hamish is […]

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14 Japanese Thrillers in Translation

14 Japanese Thrillers in Translation

Mysteries and thrillers make up a sizable portion of the Japanese literary market. Thanks to the international success of Keigo Higashino, Natsuo Kirino, and Miyuki Miyabe—and, just as importantly, their translators—contemporary Japanese crime fiction proliferates on Western shelves. To follow is a list of both novels and manga (because no one does graphic titles like […]

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They’ve Still Got the Same Job: Charlaine Harris and Ann Cleeves Talk Television Adaptations

They’ve Still Got the Same Job: Charlaine Harris and Ann Cleeves Talk Television Adaptations

“I write books,” Charlaine Harris says.  She does, too: more than 40 in about three decades.  “That’s what I love. But when your books are made into a television series,” she says, “people automatically identify you with the series.” In 2008, HBO ran the first of 81 episodes of True Blood. Even after the fantasy-horror show […]

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Full of Mysteries: BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk

Full of Mysteries: BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk

Cindy: Beyond the Bright Sea (2017), Lauren Wolk’s fine follow-up to her 2017 Newbery Honor book, Wolf Hollow, features a young orphan with a mysterious past, a hunt for treasure, and a search for belonging. Said orphan, the twelve-year-old Crow, is named for the rasping cry she emitted when Osh, a reclusive fisherman, found her as […]

Malice Domestic, 2017

Malice Domestic, 2017

  “It’s like a family reunion,” Charlaine Harris said, looking out over the clusters of people moving through the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland. “Sometimes a dysfunctional family, but a family.” Fans attend, said Marcia Talley, author of the Hannah Ives series and toastmaster of the event,  “to meet the people who write […]

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Clues to My Crime: Rob Hart’s THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE

Clues to My Crime: Rob Hart’s THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE

In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, Rob Hart tells us about what inspired The Woman from Prague, his latest Ash McKenna spy thriller, due July 11 from Polis Books.      BOOKS Six Days of the Condor, by James Grady (1974) A CIA […]

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Publishing U: How Do I Keep My Head Up while Finding a Publisher?

Publishing U: How Do I Keep My Head Up while Finding a Publisher?

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In this installment of our Publishing U series, crime writer Leonard Chang shares his experience with keeping his head up while finding the right editor in a sea of not-so-enlightened ones.   My latest novel, The Lockpicker, had a tortuous history, […]

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The Internet, Cities, Friends and Enemies: An Interview with Jillian Tamaki

The Internet, Cities, Friends and Enemies: An Interview with Jillian Tamaki

As editor of the graphic novels section at Booklist, I have the luxury of having first pick of what to review, and there are a few comics artists whose work I always snatch up for myself. After reading This One Summer, a book I adore and still regularly recommend to anyone who will listen, I put Jillian Tamaki […]

Clues to My Crime: Jordan Harper’s SHE RIDES SHOTGUN

Clues to My Crime: Jordan Harper’s SHE RIDES SHOTGUN

In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, Jordan Harper tells us about what inspired She Rides Shotgun, named one of Booklist’s best crime fiction debuts of 2017, a book about an ex-con who seeks to punish the gang trying to kill him and takes […]

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