Episode 149: Olen Steinhauer

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In The Middleman, Olen Steinhauer’s new novel, rising concern—fueled for the most part by right-wing media—about a left-wing resistance movement called Massive Brigade causes the FBI, which had been monitoring the organization, to put the investigation into hyperdrive     Is Massive Brigade something to be feared? The answer is complicated.

Episode 141: Sebastian Rotella

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In Rip Crew, the third novel in Sebastian Rotella’s series featuring Valentine Pescadore, the global nature of organized crime is brought home—literally and figuratively, as the story travels from New York City’s financial heart to the border between Mexico and Guatemala to Naples, and the lawlessness of Italy’s mafia        

Episode 140: Lee Goldberg

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Three years after spitballing doomsday scenarios for a U.S. intelligence agency, thriller writer Ian Ludlow—the protagonist of Lee Goldberg’s True Fiction—sees his horrible imaginings become reality. If that wasn’t bad enough, the agency who hired him would now like to clean up after themselves by destroying the evidence of their nefarious actions, and that means eliminating… Read more »

Episode 106: Scott Reardon

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There’s an imposter posing as a covert agent in the CIA’s Paris office, but that’s the least of the Agency’s problems in The Prometheus Man, Scott Reardon’s debut thriller about the human repercussions of a rogue experiment to create the perfect warrior    

Episode 82: Barry Eisler

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In Barry Eisler’s The God’s Eye View, an out-of-control Director at the National Security Agency is running a program that can see everything and is eliminating anyone who poses a threat—not to the country—but to the program. A work of fiction. Really   Photo of Barry Eisler ©Naomi Brookner

Episode 80: S. J. Rozan

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Moral ambiguity attracts S. J. Rozan to the Private Eye genre, “It’s about what you do when there are only bad choices.”   S. J. Rozan writes the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series—the point of view trades off between her two protagonists book to book—that includes Ghost Hero (a Lydia Chin novel) and On the Line (a Bill… Read more »

Episode 73: J.S. Law

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When it comes to elements of a locked-room mystery, there isn’t any location much more atmospheric—or claustrophobic—than a submarine. A setting James Law uses to great advantage in his debut crime fiction novel, Tenacity     Law knows of what he writes. He’s a former senior nuclear engineer in the Royal Navy Submarine Service. In… Read more »

Episode 72: Bonnie MacBird

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According to Les Klinger, co-creator of Speaking of Mysteries, Bonnie MacBird’s Sherlock Holmes adventure, Art in the Blood, “has the three key ingredients for a delicious pastiche: Meticulous research, plausibility and grand fun!”   Photo of Bonnie MacBird ©Ray Bengston

Episode 70: John Katzenbach

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There’s revenge on both sides of the equation—the killer and those who are hunting him—in The Dead Student, John Katzenbach’s taut new thriller   Photo of John Katzenbach ©Nancy Doherty

Critic’s Choice: Tom Nolan, reviewer of mysteries for “The Wall Street Journal”

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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 »