Crime Fiction

By Jack Sharman | Crime, mayhem, redemption.

Revue of Reviewers, 2-3-17

<i>Critiquing some of the most interesting recent crime, mystery, and thriller releases. Click on the individual covers to read more.</i>

The Key to Writing a Mystery Is Asking the Perfect Question

The veteran author John Rechy discusses the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of the unsolved narrative.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Emma Donoghue,</b> …


philsp.comNovember 1930 issueSeattle Mystery Bookshop

<b>November 1930 issue</b>

How Jack Reacher Was Built

Think Twice<p>What Lee Child does, and how he does it.<p>All fiction depends on what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called “the willing suspension of disbelief,” the reader’s decision to put the argumentative, quibbling part of his mind into neutral and go along for the narrative ride. The suspension is …


pofozJuly 1937 issuecover art by George Rozen?Seattle Mystery Bookshop

<b>July 1937 issue</b><p>cover art by George Rozen?

philsp.comOctober 1, 1927 issueSeattle Mystery Bookshop

<b>October 1, 1927 issue</b>

aligemaker-books1958 Digit paperbackcover art by James MeeseSeattle Mystery Bookshop

1958 Digit paperback<p>cover art by James Meese

ebayJune 1942 issuecover art by David BergerSeattle Mystery Bookshop

<b>June 1942 issue</b><p>cover art by David Berger

Year's Best Crime Novels: 2016, by Bill Ott

<b>The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2016.</b><p>Ott, Bill (author).<p>FEATURE. First published May 1, 2016 (<i>Booklist</i>).<p>Comic caper novels, psychological thrillers, …

Brad Meltzer's New Novel: The Thrill of Fatherhood

Brad Meltzer's new thriller, written with Tod Goldberg, is called <i>The House of Secrets</i>. The title comes from the name of a television program in which the host, Jack Nash, debunks mysteries. (It's a lot like the author's own show, "Brad Meltzer's Decoded.") Beyond that, "house of secrets" also …


Brain Noodles: The Mavericks; Sigur Rós; Our Kind of Traitor

Fun and games – literally – in this week’s reading: Rob Steen’s THE MAVERICKS: ENGLISH FOOTBALL WHEN FLAIR WORE FLARES celebrates those footballers …

‘Unknown’ French author’s noir crime novels set for UK

Maigret author Georges Simenon and Frédéric Dard were friends. Will Dard now emulate his success?<p>He was a close friend of Georges Simenon, the author whose fictional detective, Jules Maigret, became a TV hit in 1960s Britain. But despite writing 300 crime thrillers and selling 200 million books in …


The unsurprising link between authorship and espionage

“CHAMPAGNE, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector,” Graham Greene (pictured above) wrote in “Ways of Escape” (1980). “It …


Chesterton’s “Defense” of Detective Fiction

“There is, however, between a good detective story and a bad detective story as much, or, rather more, difference than there is between a good epic …


My Ellrovian Journey

<i>(Editor’s note: Steven Powell is a British scholar and the co-editor of The Venetian Vase, a crime fiction-oriented blog. He wrote</i> Conversations with …

Believe the Praiser and Dismiss the Praise: Donald Hall’s Advice on Writing

“Rhythm and cadence have little connection to import, but they should carry the reader on a pleasurable journey.”<p><i>“Be a good steward of your gifts,”</i> the poet Jane Kenyon wrote in what remains the finest advice on the creative life I’ve ever encountered. But what, exactly, are the practicalities of …

Two-fer Tuesdays: Taking It to the Streets

Jazz In Paris

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a …

Good-bye to the “Godfather of Tartan Noir”

<b>Glasgow writers William McIlvanney (left) and Craig Robertson sign books during CrimeFest in 2013. (Photo © Ali Karim.)</b><p>What’s now known among the …

Sidebars - Reflections on White Collar Crime and Federal Criminal Law

The Supreme Court’s Bob McDonnell decision claimed its highest-profile casualty last week. On July 13 the United States Court of Appeals for the …

Full Frontal Exposure

I’m sorry this page has been left unattended for the last fortnight, but I was away in Raleigh, North Carolina, attending Bouchercon 2015, and then I …

The 10 Biggest Bond Revelations From Ian Fleming's Private Letters

Half of the world has reportedly seen a James Bond film, but only a fraction of those viewers know that the movies began with a series of books by …

Four Books Every Novelist Should Read

Here are the four books I’m recommending to students in my Novel Writing Master Class.Continue reading on The Writing Life »


Decades After Her Death, Mystery Still Surrounds Crime Novelist Josephine Tey

Unlike Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey ignored the rules of golden-age British crime fiction—with brilliant results. But 60 years after her death, the greatest mystery Tey created still may be herself.<p>It begins with a body in the library. Two hundred pages later, …


Pierce’s Picks

<i>A weekly alert for followers of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction.</i><b><br>Broken Promise</b>, by Linwood Barclay (NAL), is the first book in a trilogy built …