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Don Crinklaw is a former university teacher currently working as a reporter for the Tribune Company in Fort Lauderdale. He's written reviews for Booklist, Commonweal, National Review, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Rick Ollerman and the Second Coming of Hard-Boiled Fiction

Rick Ollerman and the Second Coming of Hard-Boiled Fiction

Rick Ollerman remembers the spinning racks of paperback novels and their vivid painted covers. Men with chins like fists and fists like bludgeons, and always a gun in somebody’s hand. And the titles! Time Enough to Die​; Devil on Two Sticks​; One for Hell​. “I was drawn to them because they were colorful,” Ollerman says […]

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Jeffery Deaver on the Business of Writing Mysteries

Jeffery Deaver on the Business of Writing Mysteries

“I feel quite strongly that a book is our most emotionally creative product,” Jeffery Deaver says. “The written story is the most engaging form of entertainment. I believe that a good, solid commercial thriller engages us in an emotional way that other art forms don’t.” Commercial is the key word. It’s at the center of […]

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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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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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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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Sherlock Holmes: A Booklist Reader Guide

Sherlock Holmes: A Booklist Reader Guide

Sherlock Holmes is the best-known literary creation ever, perching on a pinnacle that allows him to look down on Hamlet, Oedipus, Quixote, and even James Bond. Everyone, in short. Since the Great Detective’s first appearance in 1887, he’s inspired a tidal wave of imitations. Writers have attempted to psychoanalyze him: what was it with Holmes […]

Wall Street Thrillers: An Interview with Michael Sears
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Wall Street Thrillers: An Interview with Michael Sears

Michael Sears discovered there’s more than one way to do well on Wall Street. After more than two decades operating in this killer world of derivatives and $10,000 dinners, he turned to writing. His first novel, Black Fridays (2013), introduced engaging ex-con and former Wall Street insider Jason Stafford, who now works as a “financial […]

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Sherlock’s Real World: An Interview with Holmesian Scholar B. J. Rahn

Sherlock’s Real World: An Interview with Holmesian Scholar B. J. Rahn

B. J. Rahn spends a good deal of her life reading detective fiction. And writing about it. And talking about it. The professor of English Literature at New York’s Hunter College has authored Ngaio Marsh: The Woman and Her Work (2007) and has led walking tours of turf once trod by the likes of Arthur Conan […]