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Something Rotten in Denmark

Something Rotten in Denmark

I WAS INTRODUCED to Nordic noir in the same way as most readers: someone handed me a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. When the novel was at the peak of its popularity, I had resisted reading i...

Fatally Cleaved

Fatally Cleaved

ONCE, EARLY ON in my waitressing career, while clearing one of my tables, I found a sapphire and diamond ring on the floor. I flirted with the idea of taking the ring — God knows I could’ve used ...

Girl Trouble

Girl Trouble

IT BEGAN, as trends do, with the cheerleaders. Katie Krautwurst, a blond high school cheerleader from Le Roy, New York, woke up from a nap to discover she couldn’t stop twitching. Two weeks later, h...

Andrew Coburn: The Understated Noirist

Andrew Coburn: The Understated Noirist

IT WAS IN 1980 that I first came across Andrew Coburn’s Off Duty, a tightly plotted novel in which one would be hard-pressed to identify the primary criminals: a pair of cops, a real estate agent, t...

Unwieldy and Inescapable

Unwieldy and Inescapable

MY MOTHER swore she knew the way to the ocean. She and I had just arrived in Ladispoli, a depressed seaside town 35 km from Rome where she, my father, and my older sister had lived 25 years ago while ...

Viral Murders

Viral Murders

I STARTED READING Broken Monsters the night before leaving on a 10-day trip that encompassed two weddings and three cities. I enjoyed this trip greatly, but I spent a significant amount of time wishin...

This Endanger'd Isle

This Endanger'd Isle

FROM TO THE LIGHTHOUSE ON, the British have produced a series of novels that address empire and its downward trajectory in the most pointed and humane terms, even if the decline is tangential or offst...

The House, The Story

The House, The Story

IN THE INTRODUCTION to her 1998 Selected Stories, Alice Munro described the short story as a house the reader explores at will: “You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth a...

PODCAST #69: Jonathan Lethem

PODCAST #69: Jonathan Lethem

Colin Marshall has an in-depth talk with author Jonathan Lethem, author of novels like Gun, with Occasional Music, Motherless Brooklyn, and The Fortress of Solitude, along with non-fiction collectio...

Blood in the Waters

Blood in the Waters

IN THE PAYING GUESTS, her sixth novel, Sarah Waters expands on one of the most prominent themes of her last novel, The Little Stranger: class upheaval after a war in which men of all backgrounds have ...