Episode 98: Tana French

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In her review in The New Yorker of The Trespasser—Tana French’s new Dublin Murder Squad novel—Laura Miller got it dead right: “Most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is consuming.”*     Photo of Tana French ©Kathrin Baumbach * “Tana French’s Intimate Crime Fiction,” Laura Miller. The New Yorker, October 3, 2016

Episode 97: James R. Benn

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Billy Boyle is back in Blue Madonna, the latest installment in James R. Benn’s series of World War II mysteries   Billy goes to France on D-Day, but he’s not part of the invasion on the beaches of Normandy. His assignment is no less dangerous though and, as usual, the stakes are high. Photo of James… Read more »

Episode 95: Reed Farrel Coleman

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In Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay, it’s back to Paradise to catch up with Jesse Stone, a man so buttoned up the only thing he wears on his sleeve is his sleeve, according to author Reed Farrel Coleman   Reed and Leslie Klinger also talk about how Robert B. Parker really felt about Tom… Read more »

Episode 92: Mark Billingham

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Die of Shame, Mark Billingham’s recently published stand-alone mystery novel is a tale of lies, drugs, recovery, therapy—and murder     Photo of Mark Billingham ©Charlie Hopkinson

Episode 91: Martin Walker

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For Fatal Pursuit, Martin Walker’s Inspector Bruno had to channel his inner car guy. It was a wild ride for Bruno, both literally and figuratively     Photo of Martin Walker ©Klaus Einwanger

Episode 90: Cara Black

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Because it’s a prequel, Murder on the Quai—the sixteenth installment in Cara Black’s series of mysteries—is the perfect place to meet her protagonist, Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc   Cara is undertaking a marathon book tour in support of Murder on the Quai—as well as the other 15 Aimee Leduc novels—with stops from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San… Read more »

Episode 89: R. J. Koreto

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Title or no title, it isn’t easy being an independent woman in Edwardian England as Lady Frances Ffolkes, the protagonist of R.J. Koreto’s debut mystery, Death on the Sapphire, finds out    

Episode 87: Steve Hamilton

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In The Second Life of Nick Mason, Steve Hamilton introduces a character who’s a good man in a bad situation. Yes, he may be in prison for a crime he did commit, but who wouldn’t make a deal with the devil to get out from under a 25 year sentence? Even if there’s a price… Read more »

Episode 86: Camille Perri

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In The Assistants, Camille Perri’s protagonist (protagonista?) Tina Fontana learns first hand the lessons of Sir Walter Scott’s quote “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”   Photo of Camille Perri ©Ash Barhamand

Episode 83: T. Jefferson Parker

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No one writes crazy quite like T. Jefferson Parker. Not teeth-gnashing, over-the-top-bad-guy-psycho-killer crazy, but crazy on a Biblical, mythical scale, the crazy of obsession and families with conflicts that span generations. And so it is in Crazy Blood, T. Jefferson Parker’s latest, a dark noir tale set in the world of blinding white snow   Photo… Read more »