My Obsession With Missing Persons

My Obsession With Missing Persons My mother read me Miss Nelson is Missing! before I achieved literacy. The story is about a good, sweet, conventionally pretty teacher whom the children she teaches all take for granted. Then she goes missing and a cruel, ugly substitute teacher named Viola Swamp shows the children how easy they […]

Those With Badges and Those Without Badges: Five Characters You Should Know More About…

Those With Badges and Those Without Badges: Five Characters You Should Know More About…   Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of heroes in crime fiction: those who have badges and those who don’t. The inhabitants of the first category—cops, spies, prosecutors–have power, resources and information bestowed on them by the government. The state authorizes […]

The World of Small-Town Policing

The World of Small-Town Policing

The World of Small-Town Policing I’m a rabid fan of crime fiction, especially hard-boiled procedurals. Back in the ’70s, I cut my literary teeth on Joe Wambaugh and Elmore Leonard.  These days my favorites include Mike Connelly, Don Winslow, Tami Hoag, and T. Jefferson Parker. Each of them is known for procedural detail and characters […]

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?) The recent rumors that Mel Gibson is looking to adapt James Crumley’s 1983 novel Dancing Bear for television is exciting news. Gibson, the force behind 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge, is in talks with Chinatown (1974) screenwriter Robert Towne and Black Swan (2010) producer Mike Medavoy to bring one […]

Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, and Attica Locke headline the nominees for the Strand Critics Awards, and J.A. Jance and Lovejoy author Jonathan Gash receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and Tom Doherty receives the Publisher of the Year Award…

Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, and Attica Locke headline the nominees for the Strand Critics Awards, and J.A. Jance and Lovejoy author Jonathan Gash receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and Tom Doherty receives the Publisher of the Year Award… Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing, the annual Strand Critics Awards are judged by […]

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John Hart’s Top Ten Reads

John Hart’s Top Ten Reads As a novelist, one of the great ironies and frustrations of life is that I am rarely able to read as much as I’d like. Strange, I know, but there’s a reason for that, and the cause is unavoidable.   Many qualities contribute to the creation of fine writing, and […]

Top 10 Most Mysterious Settings in Britain

Top 10 Most Mysterious Settings in Britain The island of Britain is bursting with beautiful, enigmatic, and sometimes downright mystical sites. This not only makes the country an excellent tourist destination but also the perfect setting for many atmospheric mystery novels. There were so many places to choose from, I could have easily compiled a […]

Travel the Pacific Northwest With Five Mystery Authors

Travel the Pacific Northwest With Five Mystery Authors   The Pacific Northwest is much like the mystery genre. It’s vast and diverse and has something for everyone. Just as mysteries range from gentle whodunits with no violence to graphic depictions of serial killers, the Pacific Northwest is a region of uncharted forest alongside cosmopolitan cities. […]