Crime Fiction Links of the Week for March 30, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- Alison Flood shares a round-up of the best recent thrillers.
- Paul French takes a look at Romanian crime fiction.
- Vivien Chen talks about finding a voice for mixed race characters in crime fiction and making the still very white cozy mystery genre more diverse.
- Maria Butina discusses the different ways male and female spies are portrayed in espionage fiction.
- Laura Griffin talks about forensic anthropologists in fact and fiction.
- Nicola Maye Goldberg shares nine true crime books that push the boundaries of the genre.
- Carol Goodman explains how gothic novels were the spiritual precursors of today's psychological thrillers.
- R.J. Jacobs discusses the psychology of suspense.
- Bonnie Kistler takes a look at classic fictional court cases and trials that subverted the truth.
- Leo Benedictus shares the top ten evil narrators.
- Open Culture reports about the Pulp Magazine Archive.
- Neil Nyren offers a guide to the works of James McClure.
- Brian Greene profiles Marietta Miles.
- Paperback Warrior profiles Russell Davis and his many pen names.
- Lawrence W. Raphael, rabbi and anthology editor, has died aged 74.
- Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, author of children's mysteries, had died aged 90.
Film and TV:
- Richard Lawson and K. Austin Collins share the twenty-five most influential movie scenes of the last twenty-five years.
- Peter Bradshaw calls The Vanishing a tense and powerful thriller.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Out of the Blue a cosmically uncanny noir.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Enemy Within.
- Louisa Mellor shares her thoughts on episode 2 of the British crime drama The Bay.
- Lucy Mangan views The Good Fight as a controlled explosion of fury at the Trump era.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of The Good Fight.
- Alex McLevy declares that the Norwegian disaster movie The Quake takes way too long to get to the quake.
- Krutika Pathi and Flora Drury report about the crime drama Dehli Crime and the 2012 rape case it is based upon.
- Todd VanDerWerff declares that The Act is hard to watch, which is the point of the whole docudrama, since it is based on a horrible true case.
- Adrian Horton calls The Legend of Cocaine Island a muddled true crime documentary.
- David Simon explains the current uproar in the Writers Guild of America.
- Raul Alexander Marrero explains where period movies get their vintage electronics.
- Larry Cohen, writer/director of It's Alive, God Told Me To, Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, has died aged 77.
- Terrence Towles Canote remembers Larry Cohen.
- Steve Vertlieb remembers Larry Cohen.
Comments on season 2 of Killing Eve:
- Jake Nevins calls season 2 of Killing Eve a riveting psychosexual thriller.
- Patricia Puentes calls season 2 of Killing Eve fast-paced, quick-witted, funny and sexy.
- Kristen Baldwin wonders whether Killing Eve will be able to avoid the sophomore slump and whether the show should have ended with season 1.
- Gwilym Mumford asks if Killing Eve is even eligible for the 2019 Bafta TV Awards after winning several nominations.
- Anita Singh also reports about the debate whether Killing Eve is even eligible for the 2019 Bafta TV Awards.
Comments on Hanna:
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw declares that the Hanna series offers a more conventional take on the teen spy thriller than the eponymous movie.
- Daniel D'Addario declares that the series version of Hanna lacks the glimmering creativity of the movie.
- Laura Bogart declares that Hanna packs a far weaker punch than its source material.
- Kevin Yeoman says that Hanna does not contain enough new ideas to warrant a whole TV series.
- Elena Nicolaou explains why the series version of Hanna is so different from the movie.
- Alex Fletcher shares three reasons why viewers will love the Hanna series.
- Adam Starkey interviews Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, the stars of Hanna.
Comments on The Highwaymen:
- Charles Bramesco calls the period crime drama The Highwaymen criminally bad.
- Jesse Hassenger calls The Highwaymen regrettably dull.
- Jenni Miller declares that The Highwaymen reimagines the Bonnie and Clyde case as an overly simplicistic hero cop story.
- Bilge Ebiri declares that The Highwaymen is mostly just an excuse to watch stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.
Comments on Dragged Across Concrete:
- Colin Briggs calls Dragged Across Concrete a lazy and self-satisfied thriller with loathsome characters.
- K. Austin Collins declares that Dragged Across Concrete is at its best when it's at its worst.
- Brian Lloyd declares that Dragged Across Concrete is a movie that's daring you to hate it.
- Chris Nashawaty declares that Dragged Across Concrete is a movie for the sort of people who like that sort of thing.
- Karen Han declares that even if director S. Craig Zahler claims that Dragged Across Concrete is apolitical, a film that stars Mel Gibson of all people cannot be apolitical.
- David Sims explains how Dragged Across Concrete and the rest of his movies show director S. Craig Zahler's desire to sloppily provoke what he considers overly political correct people.
Comments on The Yorkshire Ripper Files:
- Tim Dowling calls The Yorkshire Ripper Files a profound and disturbing true crime documentary.
- Claudia Connell declares that The Yorkshire Ripper Files explains why Peter Sutcliffe got away with so many murders for so long.
- Sean O'Grady declares that The Yorkshire Ripper Files chronicles the police failures of the 1970s.
- Ed Power declares that the focus on the victims and survivors sets The Yorkshire Ripper Files apart from other lurid true crime documentaries.
- Inspired by The Yorkshire Ripper Files, James Donaghy asks if true crime TV can ever be truly ethical.
- The winner of the 2019 Paretsky Award has been announced.
- The nominees for the 2019 British Book Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2019 Bafta TV Awards have been announced with lots of love for crime dramas.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- J.D. Griffo explains how soap operas taught him how to write crime fiction.
- Jacqueline Winspear talks about weaving personal stories into fiction.
- Arkady Martine explains how to use the writing skills you have to learn the ones you don't have.
- Cynthia Ruchti shares some lies writers believe.
- Mike van Horn explains how music has influenced his writing.
- E.D.E. Bell shares two simple rules of editing.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about rebranding your books.
- Alison Flood takes a look at the scammy side of self-publishing.
- Joe Brosnan interviews Kristien Hemmerechts.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Linda Fairstein.
- Molly Odintz interviews Cara Robertson.
- Molly Odintz interviews Jacqueline Winspear.
- John Valeri interviews Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
- Deborah Kalb interviews Samantha Downing.
- E.B. Davis interviews Sarah Graves.
- Brian Thornton interviews Glen Erik Hamilton.
- Bookmunch interviews Ronan Hession.
- Crime Reads interviews Paula Farmer of the bookstore Book Passage in San Francisco, California.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver.
- Angie Barry reviews Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk.
- Amber Keller reviews Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein.
- The Quiet Geordie reviews Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Runaway by Claire MacLeary.
- Meghan Harker reviews Finding Katarina M. by Elisabeth Elo.
- Over the Rainbow Book Blog reviews Sleep by C.L. Taylor.
- Sarah Rachel Egelman reviews While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Keep You Close byKaren Cleveland.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Like Lions by Brian Panowich.
- Guy Bergstrom reviews Crown Jewel by Christopher Reich.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Fourth Courier by Timothy Jay Smith.
- Susan Amper reviews The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear.
- Nan Turner reviews This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman.
- For Winter Nights reviews Surgeon's Hall by E.S. Thomson.
- For Winter Nights reviews Dead Memories by Angela Marsons.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline.
- Martin Edwards reviews You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames.
- Dave Richards reviews The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead.
- Mark Lawson reviews The Friends of Harry Perkins by Chris Mullin.
- Kerry Hammond reviews The Secretary by Renée Knight.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing.
- Debbie Haupt reviews The Grand Slam Murders by R.J. Lee.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Murder with Collard Greens and Hot Sauce and tries a recipe from the book.
- John Valeri reviews The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice by Alex Erickson.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Elephant of Surprise by Joe R. Lansdale.
- Ilana Masad reviews The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson.
- David Shariatmandari reviews Prisoner by Jason Rezaian.
- Only Detect revisits A Man's Head, a 1931 Inspector Maigret mystery by Georges Simenon.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1952 crime novel Drawn to Evil by Harry Whittington.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1958 crime novel Murder Plan Six by John Bingham.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1959 war novel Into the Valley by John Hersey.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1964 mystery novella The Bastard Bannerman by Mickey Spillane.
- Philip Margolin revisits The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall, winner of the 1966 Edgar Award for best novel.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1967 mystery Shroud of Canvas by Isobel Lambot.
- Joe Kenney revisits The Long Death, a 1981 Dirty Harry tie-in novel by Dane Hartman a.k.a. Ric Meyers.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1996 mystery A Killing in Quail County by Jameson Cole.
Con and event reports:
- Crime Cymru reports about the launch event for Fortuna's Deadly Shadow by Leslie Scase in Pontypridd, Wales.
- Mike Glyer shares some photos of the 2019 LA Vintage Pulp and Paperback Show in Los Angeles, California.
- Ayo Onatade shares the program for the 2019 Bodies from the Library event at the British Library in London, UK.
- Ayo Onatade looks ahead at the Murder Will Out! event in Cambridge, UK.
- Martin Edwards explains why he enjoys writing scripts for live murder mystery events and shares several photos.
- Eric O'Neill discusses the motivation of the notorious Soviet spy Robert Hanssen.
- Jessica Lussenhop reports about amateur investigator Lissa Yellowbird-Chase who found a body in North Dakota.
- Tori Telfer discusses the still unsolved Zodiac Killer case from the 1960s/1970s.
- Leah Carroll recounts how she became friends with the daughter of her mother's murderer.
- Liz Entman exlains how to cross-examine a machine in court.
- Jane Wakefield asks if it's possible to murder a robot.
Free online fiction:
- "Day Interrupted" by Steve Zippilli in Shotgun Honey.
- "Payback" by Richard Prosch in Tough.
- "Murder at the Monastery" by Gregory Cioffi in The Five-Two.
- "Smiles" by Liam Sweeney in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Désirée" by Sebnem Sanders in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Altos" by Russell Richardson in Crimson Streets.
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