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Archive for May, 2011

Fri, May 13th, 2011
Joseph Finder Names a New Heir to the Throne
Posted by: Keir Graff

Joseph Finder is the kind of writer whose books are no stranger to the phrase “instant New York Times bestseller.” His novels, many of which can be loosely described as business thrillers, have been filmed (High Crimes became High Crimes) and won awards (Killer Instinct was judged Best Novel by the International Thriller Writers). Booklist has described his […]


Thu, May 12th, 2011
Paul Doiron Admits It: His Wife Was Right
Posted by: Keir Graff

Most of the authors we’re hearing from during Booklist‘s Mystery Month have been name brands with well-known series or large bodies of work. But Paul Doiron‘s debut, The Poacher’s Son (2010) definitely made the mystery world sit up and take notice. “One hopes this fine novel is the first in a series starring Warden Bowditch, who could […]


Wed, May 11th, 2011
Zoë Sharp Is Intrigued by a Return to Civilian Life
Posted by: Keir Graff

American fans of Zoë Sharp‘s Charlie Fox series have had to show a degree of resourcefulness and grit often associated with the heroes of thrillers—hopefully they haven’t resorted to violence. The first U.S. edition, First Drop (2005), was the fourth book in the series, which meant that by the time the sixth in the series arrived, Second […]


Tue, May 10th, 2011
Don Winslow Is a Little Jealous of Robert Crais
Posted by: Keir Graff

Don Winslow is a writer’s writer—and we have proof. We asked a lot of great writers to share their favorite crime novel read of the past year, and the very first to respond, Gregg Hurwitz, named Don Winslow’s Savages. Given that Booklist has given starred reviews to Winslow’s last three books, you might call him a […]


Tue, May 10th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Unknown
Posted by: David Pitt

Have you seen Unknown, the new Liam Neeson movie? If you haven’t, you should. It’s fast paced and enigmatic, with a killer of a plot twist near the end — the kind of twist that makes you go back in your mind and re-watch the movie from the beginning, in the context of what you […]


Mon, May 9th, 2011
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles: Let Go and Enjoy the Ride
Posted by: Keir Graff

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is an astonishingly prolific author (she has over 70 books to her name) who thrives on variety. In addition to her excellent Bill Slider police procedurals (Body Line, 2011), she also writes a long-running historical family saga called the Morland Dynasty (The Foreign Field, 2009), and has also done chick lit (Harte’s Desire, 2008), […]


Sun, May 8th, 2011
Bryan Gruley Ponders a Mystery
Posted by: Keir Graff

Bryan Gruley’s first mystery, Starvation Lake, won an Anthony, a Barry, and was nominated for an Edgar—not a bad debut! (It also received a starred review from Booklist, in which our reviewer wrote: “Many good crime novels appear every month, but few have the depth and poignancy of Starvation Lake, which deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane’s […]


Sat, May 7th, 2011
Adrian Magson Cheats a Bit
Posted by: Keir Graff

With starred reviews for the first two books in his Harry Tate series, Adrian Magson is on a roll. Our reviewer called Red Station (2010) “Superb!” and Tracers (2011) “outstanding.” When we asked Magson to choose his favorite crime/mystery/espionage novel of the past year, the avid reader had a difficult time choosing only one book—but, in […]


Fri, May 6th, 2011
Deon Meyer Makes a Bold Claim about Scandinavian Crime Fiction
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mystery Month madness continues as we continue to mark the publication of Booklist‘s May 1 Mystery Showcase with all sorts of crime-fiction extras. Here on Likely Stories we’re opening each day with a red-hot recommendation from a red-hot author. Deon Meyer is a best-seller both in his native South Africa and abroad. His novels have been translated from Afrikaans […]


Fri, May 6th, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Finder pilot episode
Posted by: David Pitt

I mentioned a while ago (here, in fact) that Bones was going to be spun off into a new series, The Finder, based on the Locator novels by Richard Greener. A couple of weeks ago the “backdoor pilot” aired as an episode of Bones. Brennan and Booth needed help finding a stolen treasure map, and they […]





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