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‘São Paulo makes London seem like a village’

With its feverish energy, opulent nightlife, culture and chaos, the Brazilian megalopolis is a perfect setting for Joe Thomas’s debut crime thriller<p><b>I went to São Paulo for love – a good reason to do anything – and stayed for 10 years.</b> It’s the setting for my debut novel. The sheer size of the city …

Brazil

Ode to Joy

I made a wrong turn.<p>Right where Plott Valley Road splits off from Plott Creek Road, I miss the sign, throw my old Bonneville in reverse and back up, …

Literature

Fahnderprofile: Ludger Menke

<b>In unserer Reihe »Fahnderprofile« sprechen wir mit Krimiblogger Ludger Menke. Sein Motto: »Catch me if you can«</b><p><b>Krimiscout hat ihn geschnappt. Und</b> …

A Japanese Crime Thriller in Which Crime Is the Least of It

ISESAKI, Japan — Hideo Yokoyama is one of Japan’s most popular crime novelists. Yet he regards the crime as the least interesting part of the stories he tells.<p>“Usually, in a mystery or thriller, the main character is the detective, and the crime is the main ingredient,” said Mr. Yokoyama during an …

Japan

‘Idaho’ Reinvents the Mystery Novel with Wrenching, Lyrical Beauty

<i></i>A heartwrenching tale from O.Henry Award-winning author, <b>Emily Ruskovich</b>, <i>Idaho</i> explores the reverberations from a senseless moment of violence that …

Literature

Detecting the origins of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is always among us. Since he first appeared in print in 1887, the legendary detective has been a continual presence on stage, radio, screen and television. BBC’s “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is one of the latest in the character’s innumerable reincarnations.<p>For those …

Literature

In Which 17 Writers Bring Edward Hopper’s Paintings to Life

In a gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago hangs Edward Hopper’s most famous painting, <i>Nighthawks.</i> You know the image: Three customers—two men in …

The best recent thrillers – review roundup

Sirens by Joseph Knox, Cast Iron by Peter May, Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land, Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, Devour by LA Larkin<p>Many a debut thriller sinks without trace, while others have success embedded in their DNA. Joseph Knox’s <b>Sirens</b> (Doubleday, £12.99) is …

Solving crime and murder the Scotland Yard way

The London policeman, a member of the modern world's first professional law and order enforcement force, has long been a model for his counterparts …

The Best Mysteries of 2016

Top 10 slangy crime novels

As well as masterful exercises in suspense and social realism, the best fiction in this genre is also a rich repository of slang. And that’s no Archbishop Laud<p>I’ve spent most of my adult life reading vintage crime novels. Often dismissed out of hand at the time they appeared, over the past century …

The best crime fiction of 2016

Declan Burke and Declan Hughes select their favourites of the year

Crime Fiction

The civilized crime fiction of Charles Finch

Minotaur, November 2016The Inheritance, by Charles Finch<b>By Patrick Anderson,</b> <i>Special to The Washington Post</i>“The Inheritance” is the 10th of Charles …

Literature

Crime fiction roundup with books by Val McDermid, James Church and Helene Tursten

<b>"Out of Bounds"</b> <b>by Val McDermid, Atlantic Monthly</b><b>, 464 pages, $25</b><p>No one writes sturdier mysteries than Val McDermid. But what's notable about her fourth book featuring DCI Karen Pirie, head of Scotland's Cold Case Division, is the warmth it draws from her hero's interactions with the female experts …

The Skeleton in the Clock: A classic tale of impossible crime with a cricketing twist

John Dickson Carr was the master of the genre of detective fiction known as the locked room mystery. Complex tales of crime and detection of …

Von den stillen Lesesonntagen

Mein Leserückblick auf 2016<p><b>Ein langjähriger Freund besuchte mich an einem dieser Tage zwischen den Jahren. Was folgte war, neben dem Austausch über</b> …

A thriller with a fine literary pedigree: 'His Bloody Project' by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Crime fiction is always well represented on bestseller lists, but this year it's also found its way into the most exclusive chambers of literary prestige. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Sympathizer” won the best first novel Edgar, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and …

Literature

‘It’s All One Case’ is a revealing look at detective master Ross Macdonald

“It’s All One Case” is a book that any devotee of American detective fiction would kill for. For fans of Ross Macdonald, the finest American detective novelist of the 1950s and ’60s, it’s an absolute essential.<p>First off, this huge album contains the transcript of 47 hours of talk between Kenneth …

Literature

Val McDermid’s ‘Out of Bounds’ shows how a female detective gets the job done

There are few other crime writers in the same league as Val McDermid. Her stories are ingeniously plotted, moody and typically quite hefty. “Out of Bounds,” her latest book featuring Scottish Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie, is more than 400 pages, which is standard for McDermid. Perhaps …

Georgetown University

Porträt eines minderjährigen Muttermörders

Über Kate Summerscales “The Wicked Boy — The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer”<p><b>Am Morgen des 8. Juli 1895 verließen der 13-jährige Robert Coombes</b> …

Man Booker Prize shortlist 2016: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is a tricksy, ingenious puzzle – review

In the media’s digests of the novels longlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize, His Bloody Project has been cast as the underdog. Graeme Macrae Burnet’s second novel, which is published by a tiny Scottish press and received almost no newspaper reviews when it came out last year, has been cheered …

Detective Glock in Echo Park: L.A. Crime Fiction and Michael Connelly’s “The Wrong Side of Goodbye”

ON A RECENT VISIT to a large downtown Los Angeles bookstore, I asked a clerk where the Michael Connelly books were kept. He replied: “Who?”Like …

Los Angeles

In Hot Pursuit of the Literary Thrill

In Thrill Me, Benjamin Percy seeks to educate and entertain with essays on the craft of fictionCraft books are tricky. In an era inundated with …

Literature

A female cop feels a target on her back in Tana French's 'The Trespasser'

It’s impossible to get tired of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels. She’s taken a smart approach with this series: Instead of piling improbable murder mystery after improbable murder mystery on the back of a single beleaguered protagonist, each of her books features a different lead …

The Arts

Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch is still fighting the good fight in 'The Wrong Side of Goodbye'

One of the decisions series fiction writers must make is whether to let their characters age or keep them anchored to a specific time period. There is no right or wrong choice, as the success of Sue Grafton can attest — her heroine, Kinsey Milhone, has aged less than 10 years over 24 novels. …

The Arts

Shirley Jackson in Love & Death

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life<p>by Ruth Franklin<p>Liveright, 607 pp., $35.00<p>Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery: A Graphic Adaptation<p>by Miles Hyman<p>Hill …

Nazi Comb-Overs

I discovered Philip Kerr, the Scottish detective-novel writer, only recently, and one thing I like about him is that he makes bad behavior look bad again. The huge tract of genre fiction consisting of the detective novel, the crime novel, the murder mystery, and the police procedural—the spy novel, …

Popular Fiction

Try to Remember

Tana French’s odd, intimate crime fiction.<p>All crime novels are social novels. They can’t help it; without a society to define, condemn, and punish it, crime itself wouldn’t exist. Even the detective fiction that seems most untethered from real-world concerns—those British country-house puzzles in …

Literature

Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin review – Rebus is on the case and off the cigarettes

Sparks fly as Rankin’s much-loved detective tackles an unsolved murder from the 1970s<p>A recent editorial in the Oldie bemoaned the fact that this book heralds a turning point for John Rebus that Philip Marlowe would never have countenanced – his giving up smoking. The full horror is made explicit in …