The man with—at least for fans of crime fiction and thrillers—one of the best jobs in the world, shares his opinions on the state of genre Tom Nolan, whose biography of California noir writer Ross MacDonald was nominated for an Edgar Award, talks mysteries, thrillers, must-reads and gives his honest opinion of Gillian Flynn’s Gone… Read more »
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Getting inside the works of the American master of horror and science fiction. See if Les is coming to a bookstore near you.
Having survived the sinking of the Lusitania, American Secret Agent Christopher Marlowe Cobb returns in The Empire of Night. For this mission, Kit must find a German mole in the British aristocracy and for this he has help—from his mother, Isabel Cobb, one of the world’s most famous stage actresses. Look for our interview with… Read more »
Can it really be 20 years since Mary Russell met Sherlock Holmes in The Beekeeper’s Apprentice? In SoM’s next podcast, Laurie R. King talks to Les Klinger and me about her next Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes novel, Dreaming Spies, when (or if) we can expect another addition to Stuyvesant and Grey series that began with Touchstone… Read more »
A luxury cruise liner in the North Atlantic loses power, a noted Stanford aerospace engineering professor disappears and a group of Stanford students from varying disciplines makes Sabotage a mighty compelling read. Oh, and there are pirates, too. Matt Cook, recent Stanford University graduate… Read more »
If there’s a recipe for a superhero it can be found in Tigerman, Nick Harkaway’s tale of a simmering ecological catastrophe, murder, anarchy, NatProMan* and one single British Army Sergeant. *You’ll have to read the book.
Not detectives, private or police, nor attorneys, the next two interviews feature writers whose protagonists make things work out—one way or the other. Mike Lawson’s House Reckoning, the latest in his series on Joe DeMarco, personal fixer for Congressman John Mahoney, delves into DeMarco’s past and the death of his father, who had been a… Read more »
Her Rage Against the Dying has received nominations for “Best First Mystery” awards from the genre’s top organizations. Talk about last laughs: when Ms. Masterman first submitted her novel (with the then title One Tough Broad) an agent rejected it, saying “no one was interested in a woman who’s over 30.” Well, plenty of people… Read more »
Coming early next week, SoM talks to Pulitzer Prize winning writer Julia Keller about Summer of the Dead, the third book in her series about the Raythune County prosecutor, Belfa Elkins. Photo of Julia Keller ©Mike Zajakowski
Speaking of Mysteries is taking a short break to catch up on its reading and to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. In the next few weeks we plan to have interviews with Pulitzer Prize winning author Julia Keller (A Killing in the Hills, Bitter River) to talk about Summer of the Dead, the third… Read more »