Crime Fiction Links of the Week for February 23, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- Ryan Steck shares the best new thrillers for February.
- Crime Reads lists the best debut crime novels and thrillers for February.
- Crime Reads offers an overview of February's best international crime fiction.
- Sarah Woodruff shares eight international thrillers to sink your teeth into.
- Sarah Hughes reports how the #MeToo movement has inspired female crime fiction and thriller writers.
- Cara Hunter explains how crime novels about kidnapping victims imprisoned in dark cellars were influenced by a series of horrific real life crimes.
- Paul French takes a look at the crime fiction of Johannesburg.
- Deborah Lawson shares nine mysteries that will take you on a trip through the French countryside.
- Paul D. Brazill attempts to explain what Brit Grit is.
- James Grippando shares his favourite legal thrillers.
- Sophie Hannah shares fifteen of the greatest twist endings ever written (spoilers, obviously).
- Lee Goldberg discusses how thrillers and crime fiction can impact reality.
- Camille Leblanc shares the favourite crime novels and thrillers of several US presidents.
- Neil Nyren offers a guide to the works of Dick Francis.
- Ayo Onatade shares her appreciation for the works of Len Deighton for his 90th birthday.
- Mike Ripley shares his appreciation for the works of Len Deighton.
- Jack Kerridge looks at the best interviews with crime fiction writers featured in the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs.
- Kellie Herson declares that measuring female agency is a bad way of talking about art and determining whether it's feminist.
- Charlie Jane Anders declares that we need not strong female characters, but complicated female characters that are allowed to make mistakes.
- Graeme McMillan reports that the cult crime comic Ms. Tree by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty will be returning.
- Alison Flood reports that Stephen King and Don Winslow have challenged Donald Trump to a TV debate about the proposed wall at the US-Mexican border.
- Bookseller and crime fiction publisher George Locke has died.
- Patricia Nell Warren, author of the pioneering gay romance novel The Front Runner, has died aged 82.
Discussion of the Christiane Serruya plagiarism scandal:
- Courtney Milan reports that writer Christiane Serruya plagiarised whole passages of her novel The Duchess War.
- Courtney Milan also explains what writers who have been plagiarised by Christiane Serruya can do now.
- Nora Roberts, another of the authors plagiarised by Christiane Serruya, responds to the scandal with the appropriate amount of fury.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch weighs in on the Christiane Serruya plagiarism scandal.
- Ilona Andrews weighs in on the Christiane Serruya plagiarism scandal.
- Carolina Ciucci also reports about the Christiane Serruya plagiarism case.
- Kilby Blades declares that many people are missing the point underlying the Christiane Serruya case.
- Mercy Pilkington reports about the Christiane Serruya plagiarism scandal and manages to insult the entire romance genre in the process.
Film and TV:
- Erik Adams declares that the spy show Whiskey Cavalier is a lot more fun than he expected, though it is likely doomed due to a bad timeslot.
- Elly Violet Bramley shares her thoughts on season 2 of the Icelandic crime drama Trapped.
- Lance Charnes shares his thoughts on the Spanish crime drama La Casa de Papel a.k.a. Money Heist.
- Rebecca Nicholson shares her thoughts on the crime drama Baptiste.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of How To Get Away With Murder.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on what turned out to be the series finale of Counterpart.
- Abe Friedtanzer calls Counterpart the best TV show you're not watching.
- The New Zealand Listener interviews the cast of Luther.
- Rebecca Nicholson interviews Keeley Hawes, star of Bodyguard, Line of Duty, Ashes to Ashes and Spooks.
- Jennifer Maas interviews directors Joe and Anthony Russo about their upcoming spy series.
- Graeme Virtue reports that the next James Bond film has the rather silly working title Shatterhand.
- Caspar Salmon declares that we shouldn't be surprised that John Wayne held racist and homophobic views.
- Jamiles Larty reports that actor Jussie Smollett staged a hate crime against himself because he was dissatisfied with his salary.
- Angel Wilson shares a message to those hurt by Jussie Smollett and his lies.
- Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, best known for Nosferatu, Wings of Desire, The American Friend and Downfall, has died aged 77.
Comments about season 3 of True Detective:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of True Detective.
- Lanre Bakare shares his thoughts on the latest episode of True Detective.
- Emily L. Stephens shares her thoughts on the latest episode of True Detective.
- Renaldo Matadeen points out that season 3 of True Detective may just have revealed its biggest conspiracy yet.
- Renaldo Matadeen also muses that the three otherwise standalone seasons of True Detective may be united by a single shadowy villain.
- Tony Sokol also discusses the unexpected crossover between season 3 and season 1 of True Detective.
- Luke Hutchinson also shares his theories regarding the crossover between seasons 3 and 1 of True Detective.
Comments on I Am The Night:
- Noel Murray shares his thoughts on the latest episode of I Am The Night.
- Farid Ul-Haq shares his thoughts on the latest episode of I Am The Night.
Comments on Cold Pursuit and Liam Neeson's problematic comments:
- Peter Bradshaw declares that Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson's latest revenge thriller, leaves a bad taste in his mouth.
- Paul Whitington declares that Cold Pursuit starts off as another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson revenge thriller, but then turns into a surprisingly amusing satire halfway through.
- Chris Agar calls Cold Pursuit a decent thriller that nicely subverts Liam Neeson's usual revenge thrillers.
- Donald Clark declares that Cold Pursuit is Liam Neeson's best film in years, but no one is talking about that.
- Chris Wasser also declares that Cold Pursuit is the best film Liam Neeson has made in years.
- Bilge Ebiri wonders whether Cold Pursuit isn't a sign that Liam Neeson is done with what they call dadsploitation thrillers.
- Brian Viner calls Cold Pursuit a stinker of a movie and declares that accepting the lead role was an even bigger mistake for Liam Neeson than his ill-considered remarks.
- Director Steve McQueen says that he was disturbed by Liam Neeson's comments about wanting to kill random black people after a friend was raped.
Comments on the cancellation of Jessica Jones and The Punisher:
- Dominic Patten reports that the last two remaining Marvel shows on Netflix, Jessica Jones and The Punisher, have been cancelled as well.
- Kate Gardner weighs in on the cancellation of Jessica Jones and The Punisher.
- Adam Barnhardt shares the reaction of Ben Barnes, who plays Billy Russo in The Punisher, to the cancellation of the show.
- Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, slams Netflix for cancelling The Punisher, in whose comic he guest-starred in 2009.
- Marvel Television president Jeph Loeb thanks the viewers and hints that we may not have seen the last of the Defenders shows.
- Stuart Heritage muses how the various Defenders shows could be improved, if they eventually wind up on Disney's new streaming service.
- The Mystery Writers of America announce the establishment of the Sue Grafton Memorial Award for the best crime or mystery novel in a series featuring a female protagonist and announce the inaugural shortlist.
- Lisa Gardner has been awarded 2019 CrimeMaster Award by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.
- The winners of the 2019 Berlin film festival have been announced with a little love for crime films.
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have been announced with some love for Red Sparrow.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Melissa Scrivner Love shares a crime writer's guide to procrastination.
- G.B. Williams introduces her character Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Piper.
- Charles Cumming explains how Casablanca influenced his spy novel The Moroccan Girl.
- C.T. Liotta explains what writing pulp fiction has taught him about writing in general.
- Barbara Kingsolver shares five writing tips.
- Tom Pitts explains how to use real places in your fiction.
- Ilana C. Myer attempts to deconstruct strong female characters.
- Toby Frost talks about taking comedy seriously.
- Andrew Liptak explains why generating intellectual property is crucial for authors and other creatives
- Michael Houston shares a low tech story idea and plot generator.
- Alex Clark interviews Tana French.
- The Belfast Telegraph interviews Ann Cleeves.
- Mystery People interview Ian Rankin.
- Lily Meyer interviews Lucy Foley.
- Victoria Goldman interviews Kate Rhodes.
- Charles Spicer interviews Charles Finch.
- Declan Burke interviews Jo Spain.
- Sean Woods interviews Don Winslow.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Mark Greaney.
- Dwyer Murphy interviews Steven Mack Jones.
- Crime Review interviews Paul E. Hardisty.
- Lou Pendergrast interviews Chris Offutt.
- Lou Pendergrast interviews John Hornor Jaobs.
- The Qwillery interviews Micah Dean Hicks.
- Dave Richards interviews M.D. Marie.
- Jess Catcher interviews James Patterson and shares some recipes from his latest novel The Chef.
- On the Shelf Reviews reviews Locked Down by G.B. Williams.
- Books Are My Cwtches reviews Locked Down by G.B. Williams.
- P. Turners reviews Locked Down by G.B. Williams.
- Me and My Books reviews Marked For Death by Tony Kent.
- Jeremy Megraw reviews Hunted by Arne Dahl, translated by Neil Smith.
- Justine Jordan reviews The Wych Elm by Tana French.
- Stephanie Merritt reviews The Wych Elm by Tana French.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Wych Elm by Tana French.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Her Father's Secret by Sarah Blaedel.
- Anne Goodwin reviews My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin.
- John Valeri reviews The Murder Book by Lissa Marie Redmond.
- Garrick Webster reviews A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block.
- Jeremy Fleishman reviews The Border by Don Winslow.
- Tom Nolan reviews The Border by Don Winslow.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Malta Exchange by Steve Perry.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews and tries a recipe from the book.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Hell Chose Me by Angel Luis Colón.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews What We Did by Christobel Kent.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Thirty-Seven by Peter Stenson.
- Janet Webb reviews Murder at the Palace by Margaret Dumas.
- Mike Parker reviews The Revenant Express by George Mann.
- Rob Bedford reviews MJ-12 Endgame by Michael J. Martinez.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews Ashes of America by Fergus McNeill.
- Kelly Jennings reviews Trigger Warnings by William and J.A. Johnstone.
- Martin Edwards revisits The Strange Case of Harriet Hall, a 1936 Hugh Collier mystery by Moray Dalton a.k.a. Katherine Dalton Renoir.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1946 psychological suspense novel The Unsuspected by Charlotte Armstrong.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1953 crime thriller Nothing In Her Way by Charles Williams.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1954 novella Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly by Agatha Christie.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1956 French hardboiled crime novel Frantic, better known as Elevator to the Gallows, by Noel Calef.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1958 crime novel Dead End by Ed Lacy a.k.a. Len Zinberg.
- Michael A. Gonzales revisits the 1959 noir novel Run Man Run by Chester Himes.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1960 crime novel Blood on the Mink by Robert Silverberg.
- Brian Greene revisits The Progress of a Crime by Julian Symons, winner of the 1961 Edgar Award for best novel.
- Hector DeJean revisits The Man in the Cage by John Holbrook Vance, better known as Jack Vance, which won the 1961 Edgar Award for the best first novel, even though it was far from Vance's first novel.
- Joe Kenney revisits Acid Rock, a 1973 installment in The Destroyer men's adventure series by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy.
- Jamie Bernthal revisits the 1974 psychological thriller The Double Snare by Rosemary Harris.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1976 men's adventure novel The Massacre at Umtali, the first book in the Soldier of Fortune series by Peter McCurtin.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1990 mystery A Chill Rain in January by L.R. Wright.
- B.V. Lawson revisits Death Watch, a 1992 mystery by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.
Con and event reports:
- Ali Karim looks ahead at the 2019 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and shares the guest list.
- Ali Karim looks ahead at the 2019 Capital Crime festival in London, UK, and also shares the dates for John Connolly's book tour.
- The Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts announced the line-up of the Crime in the North East festival in Newcastle, UK.
- Ali Karim reports about the 2019 Penguin Crime & Thriller Party in London, UK, and shares some photos.
- Ali Karim also reports about the launch event for Black Thorn, the new crime fiction and thriller imprint of Canongate, in London, UK, and shares some photos.
- Terror Australis, a new crime fiction festival in Cygnet, Tasmania, Australia, has announced its first guests.
- Tori Telfer recounts that story of Kathy Kleiner who survived an attack by serial killr Ted Bundy on a sorority house in Florida in 1978.
- Sarah Mervosh reports how a discarded napkin at a hockey game helped to arrest a suspect in an unsolved 1993 murder.
- Thomas McMullan discusses the use of artificial intelligence to decide court cases.
- Sarah Zhang reports about a laboratory that analyses the DNA of the materials used in old books.
Free online fiction:
- "Scars" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Anniversary" by Isabelle Saunders in Yellow Mama.
- "One in Sixty-Four" by N.D. Coley in Shotgun Honey.
- "False Identity" by John M. Campbell in Compelling Science Fiction.
- "A Vulgar Display of Power" by Tom Leins in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Kim Wall Speaks" by Sally Weston Ziph in The Five-Two.
- "Outlaws" by Robert Ragan in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Noose Hungry" by Brandon Burrows in Crimson Streets.
- "Red Rocks" by Morgan Boyd in Tough.
- "A Hell of a Hideout" by Morgan Boyle in Yellow Mama.
- "The Power of the Donk" by Jim Shaffer in Punk Noir Magazine.
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