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Book Review: The Darkness of EvilBook Review: The Darkness of Evil

Book Review: The Darkness of Evil Alan Jacobson has spent his twenty-year writing career delving into the deep reaches of the criminal mind, and The Darkness of Evil, his seventh novel featuring FBI profiler Karen Vail, is another fine entry in the canon. Drawing on his many years of work with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis […]


Tana French and Heather Young win Strand Critics Awards for Best Novel and Best Debut Novel and the Legendary Clive Cussler Accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award

Tana French and Heather Young win Strand Critics Awards for Best Novel and Best Debut Novel and the Legendary Clive Cussler Accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award On Wednesday, July 12, at an invitation-only cocktail party in Manhattan, Tana French won the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for The Trespasser (Viking Penguin). Heather Young won […]


The Best Novel Nominees React and Appreciation of CusslerThe Best Novel Nominees React and An Appreciation of Cussler

The Best Novel Nominees React and An Appreciation of Cussler Reviewers from some of the nation’s top newspapers and magazines—including the  NPR, TIME magazine, Boston Globe and the Washington Post—chose this year’s lineup of nominees for The Strand Critics Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees and to Clive Cussler for receiving The Strand Magazine’s Lifetime […]


The Best Debut Novelists on The Strand Critics Awards...The Best Debut Novelists on The Strand Critics Awards…

The Best Debut Novelists on The Strand Critics Awards… (The nominees for Best Debut Novel shared their reactions after receiving news of their nominations.)   A Deadly Affection By Cuyler Overholt  (Sourcebooks Landmark) “Launching your first book into the world is a little like putting your baby in a basket and sending it downstream. You […]


Top 10 Mysteries Set in the British Countryside

Top 10 Mysteries Set in the British Countryside   The British countryside is such a peaceful, bucolic place. Who on earth would want to kill anyone there? Yet we’ve been doing it for years. From Wuthering Heights onward, the landscape has become one of the biggest, baddest characters in British fiction, and crime fiction especially. […]


Interview with Judith CurrInterview with Judith Curr

Interview with Judith Curr When Simon & Schuster asked Judith Curr to set up a new imprint within the company, no one could have foreseen the meteoric success that the upstart Atria Books would enjoy almost immediately after launching in 2002. Now home to authors including Vince Flynn, Isabel Allende, and Kevin Hart, Atria has […]


Ten Thrillers with Transportive SettingsTen Thrillers with Transportive Settings

Ten Thrillers with Transportive Settings I am never happier than when I’m traveling with a notebook: traveling and writing are my two favorite things, and the fact that I’m able to combine them makes me very happy indeed. There is no feeling quite as wonderful as being in a new place with a story in […]


DVD Review– American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. SimpsonDVD Review– American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

DVD Review– American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson   American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson takes a ready-made plot from real life and dramatizes it effectively, even if all of the themes of the case aren’t entirely given the justice they deserve. The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman […]


Thirst: On Writing, Harry, & Flying Jumbo Jets by Jo NesbøThirst: On Writing, Harry, & Flying Jumbo Jets by Jo Nesbø (Excerpts)

What am I thinking when I set out to write a book? First of all, I think it’s impossible. It’s impossible to transform my thoughts and feelings into letters that can convey them to a reader without losing most of—and the most important parts of—their meaning. And it’s definitely  impossible for these vague, sound-mimicking symbols to […]


Tips to Make the Most of Summer ReadingHow to Make the Most of Summer Reading

How to Make the Most of Summer Reading I live for summer reading. Live for it. There is just something about spending a long, lazy summer day curled up with a good book—that activity is a pure dream for me. Nothing is as relaxing as reading a book—and getting lost in a new adventure. You […]


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