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Archive for the 'Crime Fiction' Category

Thu, July 19th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Whiplash River
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Yogis and non-yogis, belly up–or belly down…ward facing dog, or really, do which ever pose you please–to this crime+novel+trailer+yoga+workout for Lou Berney’s Whiplash River. Booklist reviewer Thomas Gaughan starred it, noting that “Berney’s plot makes as many sharp turns as San Francisco’s famously curvy Lombard Street.” Yoga instruction, then, wouldn’t seem the natural choice to […]


Mon, July 16th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Lisa Unger
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Always on the lookout for a way to take my interviewees down a peg or two, I began shuffling through the thick resume of Lisa Unger. Eleven novels? International bestseller status?! Beloved by critics and readers alike?!? How do I combat all that? Fear not, gentle reader. For there is always the humiliation of masterfully […]


Mon, July 16th, 2012
2012 Thriller Award Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2012 Thriller Awards were announced at ThrillerFest‘s “gala awards banquet” last Saturday night. (I’m taking “gala” on faith; I have yet to see a press release touting a “swell,” ”swank,” or “pretty nice” banquet.) Are you thrilled by the results? According to the Booklist reviews, Paul McEuen’s debut, Spiral, may have been the best of the […]


Sat, July 14th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Jack Reacher Movie Trailer
Posted by: David Pitt

  I watched, and re-watched, the trailer for Jack Reacher, the forthcoming movie starring Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s Reacher (the movie was formerly titled One Shot, since it’s based on that novel). We’ve talked about the casting of Cruise before — here and here — and a lot of people have very strong opinions about the […]


Thu, July 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Size 12 and Ready to Rock
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

It seems like only yesterday we were blogging a trailer inspired by a now defunct cable TV show, and yet… At first, the Pop Up Video-style trailer for the ever-popular Meg Cabot’s Size 12 and Ready to Rock doesn’t appear to be a book trailer at all–it’s a video for “former teen pop star turned […]


Tue, June 5th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The New Hannibal
Posted by: David Pitt

A while ago I mentioned NBC was working on a television series based on the characters Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham (who appeared in the books and movies Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal). It’s going to be set before the first Lecter novel, Red Dragon. British actor Hugh Dancy had been […]


Thu, May 31st, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The 500
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book Trailer Thursday’s Month of Mystery comes to a close with Matthew Quirk’s debut thriller The 500–read the Booklist high-demand, starred review here. 20th Century Fox bought the book’s screen rights over a year ago, which presumably upped the ante for this trailer replete with cash, cocaine, disembodied bare legs, and foreboding flames. Since I […]


Fri, May 25th, 2012
Is James Patterson Killing Book Reviews?
Posted by: Keir Graff

At Booklist, we take our work seriously . . . but not too seriously. In the tradition of “Reading Is My Business,” “The Read,” and “A Novel Idea,” I would like to present a groundbreaking thriller: “James Patterson’s Books: A Novel Not by James Patterson.” An author who writes books faster than readers can read them—it must […]


Thu, May 24th, 2012
Crime Factory: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

Crime Factory started production in the year 2000, in Melbourne, Australia, as a print-only magazine focused on hardboiled and noir fiction. In 2003, after nine issues, the Factory went dark until 2010, when original contributor Cameron Ashley and several henchmen restarted the ‘zine as a PDF publication. Offering fiction, features, interviews, and reviews in a variety of formats—including e-reader and […]


Wed, May 23rd, 2012
Thrilling Detective: If You Don’t Know Them, It’s a Crime
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve never met Kevin Burton Smith but, after exchanging a few emails with the editor of Thrilling Detective, I really hope I get to have a beer with him someday. It wasn’t just his assurance that his web magazine is “100% gluten-free”—nor was it his savvy remark that “librarians are extremely good-looking.” (When I explained that the […]





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