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Clues to My Crime: Steve Israel’s BIG GUNS

Clues to My Crime: Steve Israel’s BIG GUNS

In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, former Congressman Steve Israel tells us about what inspired Big Guns, his latest satirical novel, which targets the firearms industry and the Washington political establishment.   Catch 22, by Joseph Heller (1961) A satirical novel […]

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Booklist Editors Dominate Chicago Literature (Again)

Booklist Editors Dominate Chicago Literature (Again)

Venerable Chicago alt-weekly NewCity has released Lit 50 2018, its list of the city’s most influential “artists who are actively publishing, reading and writing.” And they’ve named Booklist’s Books for Youth editor Daniel Kraus the second-most important person in Chicago literature! Here’s why: New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus is no stranger to the macabre. […]

Famous Crime Duos on Both Sides of the Law

Famous Crime Duos on Both Sides of the Law

#MysteryMonth special to The Booklist Reader Jenni L. Walsh is an author of historical fiction. Her two novels, Becoming Bonnie and Side by Side (out on June 5 from Forge Books), imagine the iconic Bonnie and Clyde through Bonnie’s eyes. You can visit her at jennilwalsh.com and follow her on Twitter at @jennilwalsh.   When discussing […]

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Reviews of the Week, with Megan Abbott, Dean Koontz, Sabaa Tahir, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Megan Abbott, Dean Koontz, Sabaa Tahir, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 14–18 below.   Monday, May 14  The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton The Hardcastle family has decided to throw a party […]

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Clues to My Crime: Martin Walker’s A TASTE FOR VENGEANCE

Clues to My Crime: Martin Walker’s A TASTE FOR VENGEANCE

In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. Here, Martin Walker tells us about what inspired his forthcoming novel, A Taste for Vengeance, the latest installment in his Bruno, Chief of Police series, due in June from Knopf. Walker has ten previous Bruno novels to his name, all international […]

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Small-Press Lineup: American Mystery Classics

Small-Press Lineup: American Mystery Classics

Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!       Legal Name: Otto Penzler   Accomplices: Charles Perry, publisher, and Jane Friedman, consultant   […]

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Reviews of the Week, with Kate Atkinson, Gregg Hurwitz, Jon Meacham, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Kate Atkinson, Gregg Hurwitz, Jon Meacham, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from May 7–11 below.       Monday, May 7 Hellbent, by Gregg Hurwitz, read by Scott Brick The third Orphan X thriller finds its hero, […]

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The Celtic Cozies are Coming!

The Celtic Cozies are Coming!

#MysteryMonth special to the Booklist Reader CATRONIA MCPHERSON was born in Scotland and lived there until 2010, before immigrating to California. A former academic linguist, she is now a full-time fiction writer, the multi- award-winning and best-selling author of the Dandy Gilver detective stories, set in Scotland in the 1920s. She also writes a strand of award-winning contemporary standalone […]

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Clues to My Crime: Owen Laukkanen’s GALE FORCE

Clues to My Crime: Owen Laukkanen’s GALE FORCE

In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, Owen Laukkanen tells us about what inspired his latest novel, Gale Force, a high-seas thriller out this week from Putnam Books. Laukkanen has written six Stevens and Windermere FBI thrillers (most recently The Professionals), and two YA novels under the […]

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Reviews of the Week, with Karin Slaughter, Olen Steinhauer, Paula Stokes, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Karin Slaughter, Olen Steinhauer, Paula Stokes, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 30–May 4 below.     Monday, April 30  The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker, by Matilda Woods Woods fashions an incredibly tender, […]

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