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10 Iconic Brooklyn Buildings and Boulevards10 Iconic Brooklyn Buildings and Boulevards

10 Iconic Brooklyn Buildings and Boulevards by Judge Frederic Block I am amazed at how many of the buildings and boulevards of Brooklyn —designed by some of the world’s greatest architects of the time— either pre-dated the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, when Brooklyn was the third largest city in the country, or came into […]


Unpublished Raymond Chandler Story Debuts in the Strand

Unpublished Raymond Chandler Story Debuts in the Strand (This weekend, an unpublished Raymond Chandler story debuts in the Strand. The short story is a searing indictment of the healthcare industry by one of the masters of the modern detective story. Here are some more details from Andrew Gulli, the managing editor of the Strand.) ODDLY, […]


Harper’s Sara Nelson on the Lifelong Pursuit of Learning

Harper’s Sara Nelson on the Lifelong Pursuit of Learning   “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” William Butler Yeats once wrote. If Yeats is to be believed, then Sara Nelson is aflame in her position as executive editor at HarperCollins. The relatively new appointment comes after several […]


Mobsters, Molls, Moguls, and Chorus Girls: Americans in British Detective ClassicsMobsters, Molls, Moguls, and Chorus Girls: Americans in British Detective Classics

  Mobsters, Molls, Moguls, and Chorus Girls: Americans in British Detective Classics   Ah, Americans. We love to flash cash, attempt world domination, overeat, and barge into parties loudly—at least, that’s the depiction of Yanks in the classic age of British detective fiction in the 1910s through the ’40s. And this was pre-reality TV! Look […]


“And the winner is…”“And the winner is…”

“And the winner is…” A reflection on writing success   I was pretty sure I’d win. After all, I’d been writing for six years—mostly for curriculum publishers and magazines, and I was confident that I really had my act together. The writers’ conference I was attending had a short-story-writing contest and, thankfully for me, although […]


Barclay takes a “Parting Shot” at his Promise Falls seriesBarclay takes a “Parting Shot” at his Promise Falls series

Barclay takes a “Parting Shot” at his Promise Falls series As a kid, New York Times best-selling author Linwood Barclay loved The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible. He loved them so much, he couldn’t wait for the next episode, so he wrote his own. “By the time I was in seventh grade, I was […]


The Best Books About Unreliable Memories (That I Can Recall)

The Best Books About Unreliable Memories (That I Can Recall)   A few years ago, I attended an event run by an ex-detective-turned-author. He asked for two volunteers, people who had come to the event together, so my mom and I went up. We know each other well, of course, and we’d spent the whole […]


The Allure of the Serial Killer Hero

The Allure of the Serial Killer Hero Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels never fail to lure me into rooting for the murderous hero. It seems that I am far from alone. There is a proliferation of articles with titles such as The New American Hero: Dexter, Serial Killer for the Masses. Nonetheless, I can’t help but […]


THE RISK OF “THE REVEAL” Tampering With or Augmenting the Legend of Sherlock Holmes

THE RISK OF “THE REVEAL”  (Part I) Tampering With or Augmenting the Legend of Sherlock Holmes Sherlockians are a picky lot. And there are degrees of Sherlock Holmes fandom fastidiousness ranging from “I love Holmes in all his incarnations” to “How dare you mess even one iota with Conan Doyle!”   For those in the […]


From Covering Crime to Writing Crime

From Covering Crime to Writing Crime Author of  Desert Remains (Seventh Street Books)   “Hello. I’d like to see the menu. Thank you. Now if you wouldn’t mind listing the specials and telling me about the crime du jour.”   That was me, as a cocky young reporter, walking into the newsroom every morning, anticipating whatever […]


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