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Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

Three Mystery Novels about Hemingway’s Lost Suitcase

The Curious Case of the Hemingway MacGuffin Ernest Hemingway may not have written mystery fiction, but you can blame him for a lot of it. It’s possible that, after Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, no other author has had as much influence on the way would-be tough guys punctuate their crime fiction. (You know. What […]

The Gumshoes of Science Fiction Storm the Screen

The Gumshoes of Science Fiction Storm the Screen

The haggard gumshoe detective / investigator has a long tradition in the annals of science fiction: both sci-fi and mystery found a fanbase through pulp and serial magazines. The titles I’ve collected have gained new life through feature films and streaming series. In them, the distant future presents perhaps the greatest mystery, so bridging that […]

June LibraryReads in Print and on Audio

June LibraryReads in Print and on Audio

LibraryReads has announced its June 2018 selections! Check out the ten titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we’ve hunted down the producers of the audio versions and have provided the ordering information. Please note that we have not yet had time […]

The Quick and the Read: Six Super-Short Crime Novels

The Quick and the Read: Six Super-Short Crime Novels

Sometimes I want to immerse myself in a 400-page thriller; others I pine for a pocket-sized paperback that can be devoured in a single sitting. And while nearly all crime fiction once fit that description—from Georges Simenon and James M. Cain to Mickey Spillane and Jean-Patrick Manchette—these days, short crime novels are the fugitive kind. […]

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2018

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2018

If you’re looking for trends in today’s crime fiction, look no further than one word: stand-alone. Was it Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train—the explanation du jour for everything in the genre—that prompted the explosion of stand-alone thrillers, and especially those utilizing unreliable narrators and emphasizing psychological suspense? Time will tell, of course, but […]

2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Announced

2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Announced

On Friday night, The Los Angeles Times awarded its 38th annual book prizes to the following titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.   Fiction Exit West, by Moshin Hamid   Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction  Sour Heart, by Jenny Zhang     Mystery / Thriller A Book of American Martyrs, by Joyce Carol Oates […]

Reviews of the Week, with John Connolly, Melissa Broder, Kelly Yang, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with John Connolly, Melissa Broder, Kelly Yang, 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 16–20 below.   Monday, April 16  Girl Made of Stars, by Ashley Herring Blake As the #MeToo movement continues to ignite the sharing of […]

20 Journalist-Forward Titles to Pair with THE POST

20 Journalist-Forward Titles to Pair with THE POST

Editor’s note: this story originally appeared on January 2. Without getting too meta, sometimes the juiciest bits of the news are the stories behind the story. With this mix of novels, non-fiction, and wherever Hunter S. Thompson falls between the two, use the buzz from Oscar-nominated film The Post [Out now on DVD! –Ed.] to draw attention to […]

Cover Trend Alert: Dead Birds
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Cover Trend Alert: Dead Birds

Book-jacket designers are strange birds, indeed. Idiosyncratic visionaries who often intuit the perfect visual cue to entice us to pick up a book and read it, sometimes, like those giant flocks of starlings who wheel in the sky without using turn signals, they bunch together and do the same thing for no apparent reason at […]

The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017, Considered

As we near the middle of National Library Week, let’s consider the 10 most challenged books of 2017. The list, compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and released this week, draws on data from across the country. (Watch the video above for more information.) We’ve annotated the titles therein with excerpts […]