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Megan Abbott’s latest novel about “guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire” is due out June 19, 2014.


Megan will join SoM to talk about the book, the story’s inspiration and how she’s able with just a subtle, indiscernible twist to turn otherwise wholesome worlds inside out. Stay tuned for an exact date.

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Norway’s best-selling crime fiction writer talks politics, revenge and what makes Sonny —and Harry Hole — tick.


I spoke to Jo Nesbø by phone on Tuesday May 13, 2014 — the U.S. publication day of his most recent crime novel, The Son — from the New York City office of Knopf, his U.S. publisher.

It was late in the day and I could tell that he was tired, but he was unfailingly polite, especially in the face of technical problems. In the end we were able to record about 75% of the interview and I have done my best to fill you in on the rest.



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The fourth in our series of interviews conducted at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Jeff Parker lets us in on his feelings about ending his Charlie Hood series after having the characters as companions through almost a decade and six books.



I find adjectives woefully inadequate when it comes to describing Jeff Parker’s work. I guess absorbing, captivating and terrific are good starts. I’m in no way unique in my praise: Jeff has won three Edgar Awards, which puts him in rarefied territory indeed. Jeff’s career has been fiction for about 30 years now, but he started out as a journalist. When I was editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he revisited his former occupation to write “Traffic Stop,” a piece on ATF agents working against the seemingly unstoppable flow of guns.


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Darrell James started his mystery writing career with short stories for which he garnered a shelf full of awards. His first full-length mystery, Nazareth Child, which introduced private investigator Del Shannon and is one of those stories that taps into at least one of everyone’s worst fears, won the Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel. Darrell has added two more to the series, Sonora Crossing and Purgatory Key.


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SoM’s third installment recorded at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Welcome back! Les and I do our best to make sure our podcasts are published at the beginning of each week, but last week he and I were otherwise engaged in New York City at the Edgar Award’s banquet. I talk about it a bit on the podcast, so I won’t repeat myself here. Needless to say, if you are fan of mysteries and thrillers, the Edgar Awards is a slice of heaven. And this particular Edgar’s (I’ve been twice before) was especially good. Master of Ceremonies Brad Meltzer was superb.

April Smith’s next book is not part of her FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series. It’s a stand-alone novel titled A Star for Mrs. Blake. I’ll let April explain more in her interview.

Stephen Jay Schwartz has also stepped away from his series featuring the troubled LAPD Detective Hayden Glass to write a stand alone. Stephen’s new mystery, Triple X, centers around a young FBI agent who goes to Amsterdam to escort a fugitive back to the U.S. In his own words, Stephen describes it as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold meets 3:10 to Yuma.

Episode Six, scheduled for publication on May 12, includes our interview with T. Jefferson Parker, who talks about his stand-alone novel—I’m sensing a trend here. We also speak to Darrell James, who talks about the third in his Del Shannon series of mysteries. I don’t recall him mentioning a stand-alone, but he does discuss how he’s about to embark on a  series of novellas with a new protagonist.

As soon as it’s edited, we’ll be publishing our interview with Jo Nesbø—former soccer star, rock star and Norway’s most famous author—scheduled on May 13. Check back here and on Facebook for further details.




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The Norwegian Mystery Phenom Is Scheduled for an Interview.

jonesboHe’s one of the world’s best-selling authors. In a past interview I did with Jo for the Los Angeles Review of Books, I noted the following, “One statistic I’ve heard is that a Jo Nesbø book in one of at least 40 languages is sold somewhere in the world every 23 seconds. I did the math: that works out to 3,756.5 books a day; 1,371,130 a year.” Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Most mystery readers discovered Nesbø through his Harry Hole series (The Snowman, Phantom and the most recent Hole, Police). His next release in the United State is going to be a stand-alone, The Son(pub. date May 13, 2014). I’ve just started the Advanced Readers Copy and I can barely put it down long enough to write this post.

Let us know if you have any questions you’d like us to ask Jo.



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Our second installment of interviews recorded at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books features Lee Goldberg and Stuart Woods.

stuart with carnal curiosityLes and I are off to the Edgar Awards being held Thursday, May 1 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. If you are looking for a reading list of epic caliber, you can’t go wrong reading through the nominees. Between the two of us, Les and I have read almost all of them. I don’t want to play favorites—and they are all so different—but while the nominees for Best Novel are familiar names, you might want to take a look at the nominees for First Novel. They are all stellar. The judges will have a challenging time picking an overall winner. But, as they say, it’s an honor to be nominated. And it’s excellent reading for fans of the genre.



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Mysteries in all mediums!

The organizers of Dark & Stormy are whipping up a perfect storm of crime writers–including Brighton homie Peter James–spies, music, film, TV and music. Listen to Peter talk about his home town of Brighton in SoM’s Episode Three and you’ll get a glimpse into why it’s not just the perfect backdrop for crime fiction, but a why-didn’t-we-think-of-this-sooner location for a festival for the genre.

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Cara Black’s character, Paris private detective Aimee Leduc, went to great lengths to find the right gun. She picked the sleek little Beretta Nano because it fits in her vintage Valentino clutch.

When Les and I were having this discussion of weaponry with Cara, Les wondered if Aimee might be interested in the Flashbang Bra Holster.  Who knows, it could trend with fictional female detectives everywhere.