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The Criminal Kind: Attica Locke’s Cutting Season

The Criminal Kind: Attica Locke’s Cutting Season

ATTICA LOCKE’s The Cutting Season begins with a cottonmouth snake interrupting a wedding, dropping from a tree into the lap of the bride’s mother-in-law. In Locke’s own words, it is a symbol for...

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

WE SEE THEM on the news, holding photos of daughters who never came down for breakfast. Or huddled in airports, waiting for information about planes that have mysteriously disappeared. We catch glimps...

No Big Sleep for Raymond Chandler

No Big Sleep for Raymond Chandler

EARLY IN MARCH, I attended one of the Writers Bloc interview sessions that Andrea Grossman presents regularly in Los Angeles, this one featuring Dublin author John Banville. He was touring from his na...

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

I like reflections — as long as they aren’t mine.— Orson Welles The Lady from Shanghai is far from a good film.— David Thomson Welles made The Lady from Shanghai to show Hollywood that he wa...

Carry On Sleuthing ...

Carry On Sleuthing ...

TO BE HONEST, I think Colin Dexter had the right idea: in hopes that no one would be inclined to continue his Inspector Morse series after his death, the author wrote The Remorseful Day, in which his ...

Heal, Dog, Heal!: Robert Crais's "Suspect"

Heal, Dog, Heal!: Robert Crais's "Suspect"

OFFICER SCOTT JAMES is listening to Dominick Leland, who has 32 years on the job as a K-9 handler, as he explains what a dog leash is: This isn’t steel and nylon. It’s a nerve. You clip one end t...

Woody Haut: Best of 2013

Woody Haut: Best of 2013

Ten Favorite Crime Novels of 2013 (In no particular order) Ask Not by Max Allan Collins (Forge):
 The third in Collins’s excellent JFK trilogy featuring veteran “private eye to the stars,” ...