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Who better than Ross Macdonald biographer Tom Nolan to edit what we can only hope is the first of many anthologies of the California noir great’s mysteries for The Library of America?

 

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The Glasgow Trilogy—The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, How a Gunman Says Goodbye and The Sudden Arrival of Violence—is a trio of crime fiction tales told from the other side of the law

 

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The first installment in Malcolm Mackay’s Glasgow Trilogy, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year Award. The second installment, How a Gunman Says Goodbye, won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award at Bloody Scotland in 2013. It’s worth noting that the other nominees for that year’s Deanston Award included Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, Denise Mina and Ian Rankin.

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This week Speaking of Mysteries takes a break to catch up on its reading

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But we’ll be back on Monday April 20 with our next series of interviews:

  • Christopher Brookmyre on Dead Girl Walking, his most recent Jack Parlabane mystery
  • Marsha Clark on her foreword for the new edition of Meyer Levin’s Compulsion from Fig Tree Publishing
  • Tom Nolan makes a return visit to discuss Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of the 1950s, which he edited for The Library of America
  • Attica Locke on Pleasantville, the sequel to her debut novel Black Water Rising.

 

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Exotic doesn’t even begin to describe the setting of The Strangler Vine, M.J. Carter’s debut crime fiction novel: India in the mid-1830’s complete with tiger hunts, bags of jewels and the pursuit of the mysterious Thuggee cult through the jungles and along the Grand Truck Road

 

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In 1982 when most female characters in mystery fiction were femme fatales, victims or nosy neighbors, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski started investigating on the mean streets of Chicago

 

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Sara talks about how characters reveal things about themselves, as was the case with V.I.’s close friend Lotty in her current Critical Mass, her tenure as president of the Mystery Writers of America as well as her upcoming novel featuring V.I.—the 17th—Brush Back, which is due out in July.

 

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According to Cat, when she learned about the Edgar Award nomination for her stand alone mystery, The Day She Died, the Scottish crime fiction writer lost complete control of her dialect and wrote to a U.S. editor that she was “chuffed as little mince balls”

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Les Klinger and I also spoke to Cat about her Dandy Gilver series and her next stand-alone mystery, Come to Harm, due out on May 8, 2015, as well as her presidency of Sisters in Crime, which is dedicated to the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

 

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The Stolen Ones, Owen Laukkanen’s fourth installment of the Stevens and Windermere series, goes down some very, very dark roads as the pair of investigators criss-cross the U.S. hunting down human traffickers

 

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And Owen Matthews, Laukkanen’s literary alter-ego, joins us to talk about his recently released YA crime fiction novel, How to Win at High School.

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The course of Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett’s life never did run smooth. With his daughter April in grave condition in a Billings, Montana hospital and his best friend Nate Romanowski missing, Joe has a full plate in C.J. Box’s latest, Endangered

 

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And then there’s also the 21 dead sage grouse…

Find out more about Joe Pickett and C.J. Box’s next novel Badlands, which continues the story of The Highways’ Cassie Dewell, at his website.

Photo of C.J. Box ©Michael Smith

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