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Tue, February 26th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Hannibal trailer
Posted by: David Pitt

Months and months ago I talked about the forthcoming NBC series, Hannibal, based on the characters created by Thomas Harris. The series takes place before the events in Red Dragon, the first of the novels featuring Hannibal Lecter, and the only one featuring Will Graham, the FBI profiler who’s the star of the NBC series. […]


Tue, December 18th, 2012
The Craig Johnson Collection
Posted by: Keir Graff

With a title like “The Craig Johnson Collection,” you might think I’m referring to a catalog of Western wear that includes distressed Wranglers, sweat-stained Stetsons, and cowpie-crusted Tony Lama boots. But I’m referring to Christmas in Absaroka County, Penguin’s special e-collection of short stories by the Wyoming author who’s become a fan favorite for his Walt Longmire mysteries. I’m proud to […]


Wed, November 28th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Jack Reacher: Good Title or Bad?
Posted by: David Pitt

I haven’t seen the movie yet, of course, but here’s my thinking on the title-change from One Shot to Jack Reacher: It’s a bad idea. Here’s why. One Shot, Lee Child’s title for the 2005 novel, is a great title for a thriller; that, plus Tom Cruise, plus some good ads, should be enough to lure people […]


Fri, September 28th, 2012
What makes YA fiction so popular?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Next week, I’ll be making my annual trip to Bouchercon, a fan-favorite mystery convention, where I’ll be moderating “The Popularity of YA Books” with Joelle Charbonneau, Jordan Dane, Michelle Gagnon, and Bev Irwin. It’s no secret that YA is hotter than ever, and it’s not just for kids anymore—if indeed it ever was. But I definitely […]


Thu, August 30th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Other Woman
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s trailer is for The Other Woman, a starred review from our freshly minted September 1st issue. Combining author brain-picking and footage of the thriller’s actual Boston locales, this trailer is a great vehicle for TV journalist and author Ryan’s latest. The 48 Hours-style soundtrack makes you almost worry that Hank herself could get trounced […]


Wed, August 22nd, 2012
Reading the Screen: Tony Scott
Posted by: David Pitt

I don’t know what his reason was, but I’m sure there was one. Film director Tony Scott took his own life recently, and the news came as quite a shock to pretty much all of us. Scott directed a lot of popular films (Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder) and some very good ones […]


Mon, August 13th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Gregg Hurwitz
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

When Gregg Hurwitz isn’t banging out bestsellers like Trust No One, They’re Watching, and You’re Next, he’s writing screenplays and dabbling in comics featuring such obscure Marvel and DC characters as Wolverine and Batman. (Ha! A “bat-man”? No one’s gonna buy that, Hurwitz.) But methinks Mr. Busypants has spread himself too thin. While he’s busy […]


Thu, August 9th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Kill You Twice
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

At first glance, this short promo for Chelsea Cain’s Kill You Twice looks like another book-trailer-slash-workout-video, but.. I don’t think this is what most people mean when they say running makes them “feel like dying.” Since I’ve only borrowed a measly 30 seconds of your time so far, let’s look at this second trailer, which […]


Sat, August 4th, 2012
Reading the Screen: A Harry Bosch TV Series
Posted by: David Pitt

More Michael Connelly news: according to this article at Hollywood Reporter’s website, Michael Connelly and writer-producer Eric Overmyer (St. Elsewhere, Law & Order, The Wire, Treme, and others) are teaming up on a television series based on Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels. This is excellent news. Bosch is one of the mystery genre’s most interesting and […]


Sat, July 21st, 2012
Reading the Screen: A Lincoln Lawyer TV Series
Posted by: David Pitt

  I’m not sure how I missed this, but according to this 2011 article at Variety’s website, Michael Connelly is bringing The Lincoln Lawyer, his 2005 novel, to the small screen. It was already made into a very good movie starring Matthew McConaughey, and now the character will anchor a weekly ABC series (the pilot being written […]





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