Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 18, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Glen Davis shares his favourite crime books of 2019.
- Amy K. Green asks if small town mysteries are comfort fiction or frighteningly relevant.
- Bryan Gruley shares some dark crime fiction novels to read this winter.
- M.L.Huie talks about the shadowy noir of the postwar thriller.
- Bryan Gruley wonders whether crime fiction writers are as twisted as their characters.
- Louisa Luna shares her favourite difficult woman characters from recent crime novels.
- Lisa Levy lists some psychological thriller with male narrators.
- Ani Katz talks about family annihilation and toxic masculinity.
- Tanen Jones declares that thrillers continue where romance ends and show what happens after the happy end.
- Kim Taylor Blakemore shares her favourite new and classic gothics.
- Laura Elliot shares ten novels about child sleuthes.
- Chris Hauty talks about the crime novels he would love to see adapted to film or TV.
- Paul French reports about the affair between Graham Greene and illustrator Dorothy Glover and the collection of Victorian detective fiction they amassed together.
- Sian Cain discusses how the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James impacted people's sex lives.
- David Gerrold expresses his disappointment at people saying bad things about the recently deceased.
- Alison Flood reports that former deputy leader of the British Labour Party Tom Watson is planning to write a political thriller.
- J. Kingston Pierce shares the work of cover artist Tom Adams, who painted the covers for many Agathy Christie and Sue Grafton mysteries.
Comments on the suspension of Courtney Milan from RWA and the cancellation of the 2020 Rita Awards:
- Kelly Faircloth discusses the spectacular implosion of the RWA.
- Mike Glyer offers an overview of the latest status of the RWA drama.
- Jennifer Prokop asks if the RWA is a sinking ship.
Reactions to Stephen King's comments on diversity:
- Erin Donelly reports that Stephen King has come under fire for an ignorant tweet about the lack of diversity in the 2020 Academy Award nominations.
- Poppy Noor also reports about the backlash against Stephne King because of his clueless remarks about diversity.
Film and TV:
- Michael Shonk shares his favourite TV series of the 2010s with lots of love for SFF and crime shows.
- The Killing Times offers an overview of TV crime dramas appearing in 2020.
- Lucy Mangan calls Deadwater Fell an irresistable Scottish version of Broadchurch.
- Jesse Hassenger calls A Fall From Grace a lower tier Netflix thriller.
- Noah Berlatsky declares the Joker is a celebration of toxic white masculinity.
- Katie Rife calls The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson shameless and ghoulish.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Ray Donovan.
- Adrian Horton shares his thoughts on the true crime documentary Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.
- Stuart Heritage muses whether Netflix will cancel Mindhunter, since the true crime drama failed to catch on with audiences and critics.
- Zoe Williams interviews Sophie Cookson, star of The Trial of Christine Keeler.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1964 suspense movie Bunny Lake Is Missing.
- Vince Keenan remembers Robert Tasker and Ernest Booth, ex-cons turned screenwriters in 1930s Hollywood.
- Brent Lang interviews Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, producers of the James Bond movies.
- Laura Snapes reports that 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish will write and perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die.
- German actor Jan Fedder, best known for his part in the long-running cop show Großstadtrevier, has died aged 64 and was laid to rest in an emotional and unique ceremony.
- Actor Edd Byrnes, best known for playing Kookie in 77 Sunset Strip, has died aged 87.
- Terrence Towles Canote remembers Edd Byrnes and the impact of his character Kookie.
Comments on Uncut Gems:
- Peter Bradshaw calls Uncut Gems a high-energy thriller that may be the most exciting movie of the year.
- Wendy Ide calls Uncut Gems an exhilarating full-bown asault of a movie.
- A.A. Dowd interviews Josh and Benny Safdie, director of Uncut Gems.
- Killian Fox interviews Julia Fox, one of the stars of Uncut Gems.
- Britt Hayes praises Adam Sandler's performance in Uncut Gems.
Comments on Bad Boys For Life:
- Jordan Hoffman calls Bad Boys For Life a predictable but enjoyable action movie.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calls Bad Boys For Life an underwhelming sequel.
Comments on The Outsider:
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw calls The Outsider a simple, yet gripping supernatural thriller.
- Randall Colburn calls The Outsider one of the best Stephen King adaptations in years.
- Lucy Mangan calls The Outsider CSI on sleeping pills.
- Alison Shoemaker declares that the greatest horrors in The Outsider are human.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the first two episodes of The Outsider.
- The nominations for the 2020 Lefty Awards have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced with some love for crime books.
- The nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards have been announced with lots of love for Joker, The Irishman and Parasite.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Nick Petry explains why travel is important for crime writers.
- Jess Montgomery talks about the inspiration behind her novel The Hollows.
- Claire Buss talks about success and what it means.
- Iris and Roy Johansen talk about writing collaborations.
- Clayton Noblit shares the top ten publishing industry trends authors should be aware of.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch looks ahead at 2020 and how real world political events will impact the publishing industry.
- Darcy Pattison is worried that indie authors may be relying too much on Amazon.
- Chris Fox reports about his 2019 writing income.
- Spine Magazine shares their favourite book covers of 2020.
- The Casual Optimist shares their favourite book covers of 2020.
- Cory Matteson explains why the same images keep cropping up on book covers.
Flood reports that independent bookshops continue to grow in the UK in
spite of a bookselling crisis and general retail slump.
- Alison Flood interviews Jo Nesbø.
- Mitzi Rapkin interviews Walter Mosley.
- Colleen Leahey McKeegan interviews Megan Abbott.
- Neil Drysdale interviews Peter May.
- Garrick Webster reviews Dreda Say Mitchell.
- Steph Cha and Tom Lutz interview each other.
- Daneet Steffens interviews Alex Marwood.
- Jacqueline Seewald interviews Jan Christensen.
- David Nemeth interviews Matt Phillips.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Nick Petrie.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Chris Hauty.
- Sam Leith interviews William Gibson.
- The New York Times interviews William Gibson.
- John Valeri reviews Purgatory Bay by Bryan Gruley.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg.
- C.C. Harrison reviews How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischman
- Blue Book Balloon reviews When the Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick.
- Chris Wolak reviews The Companion by Kim Taylor Blakemore.
- Chris Wolak reviews The Hollows by Jess Montgomery.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews The Home by Sarah Stovell.
- Holly Elizabeth Rice reviews The Tennant by Katrine Engberg.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman.
- Mark Rose reviews Too Close to Home by Andrew Grant.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Line of Sight by James Queally
- For Winter Nights reviews Letter to the Lost by Iona Grey.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Hi Five by Joe Ide.
- Jay Gertzman reviws Lightwood by Steph Post.
- Jane Murphy reviews The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood.
- Louis Bravos reviews The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda, translated by Alison Watts.
- Historical Reminiscing With Marilyn reviews Facets of Death by Michael Stanley.
- Beejay Silcox reviews American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Secret Service by Tom Bradby.
- Anthony Cummins reviews Agency by William Gibson.
- For Winter Nights reviews Deep State by Chris Hauty.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Deep State by Chris Hauty.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Deep Silence by Jonathan Maberry.
- Kirkus reviews The Decent Inn of Death by Rennie Airth.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Dead in Dublin by Catie Murphy.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Sealed Off by Barbara Ross and tries a recipe from the book.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews An Incantation of Cats by Clea Simon.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1933 mystery Crime in Kensington by Christopher St. John Sprigg.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1948 crime novel Sudden Fear by Edna Sherry.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1955 crime novel Pick-Up by Charles Willeford.
- Paperback Warrior revisits The Mugger, a 1956 87th Precinct novel by Ed McBain a.k.a. Evan Hunter.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1958 mystery The Six Men by Edwin and Mona Augusta Radford.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1960 noir novel Home is the Prisoner by Jean Potts.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1964 crime novel A Little Less Than Kind by Charlotte Armstrong.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Garrison's Gorillas, a 1967 tie-in novel to the eponymous war TV series by Jack Pearl.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1968 suspense novel The Little Lie by Jean Potts.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1971 spy thriller Vulture in the Sun by John Bingham.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1977 spy thriller Charlie M. by Brian Freemantle.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1980 mystery novel Frog in the Throat by Elizabeth Ferrars.
- Paul Burke revisits the 1985 PI novel Snowball by Jimmy Sangster as well as its 1987 and 1989 sequels Blackball and Hardball.
- Ausma Zehanat Khan revisits The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodman, winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Con and event reports:
- The program for the Crime Wave event at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been announced.
- Brogan Maguire reports that Ian Rankin has been named the programming chairperson of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, UK.
- Katie Mansfield reports that the Capital Crime festival in London, UK, has launched a digital festival.
- J. Drew Brumbaugh shares his experiences at Author’s Night at Stella’s Art Gallery in Mentor, Ohio.
- Floyd Bledsoe recalls how he was framed for murder by his own brother and spent fifteen years in prison.
- Katherine Ellison talks about her lifelong obsession with convicted murderess Judi Singer.
- Michael Gonzales reports about the murder of mobster Joe Columbo Sr. by Jerome Johnson in 1971.
- David Zucchino reports about an attempted white supremacist coup in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898.
- Alex Marwood lists ten signs that you are part of a cult.
- The BBC reports that rapper Jay-Z is suing the state of Mississippi on behalf of prisoners held in dangerous conditions in Mississippi's state prison.
- Tom Davidson reports that two men have pleaded guilty to stealing rare books from the Carnegie Library.
- Reid McCarter reports that a man from Kansas has requested a trial by combat in a dispute with his ex-wife.
- Danny Tobey talks about the criminal potential of artificial intelligence.
- Sarah Wild discusses the ethical dilemma surrounding 3D-printed bones.
- James Wood reports that the family of the infamous killer Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen wants to have his body exhumed from the grounds of Pentonville Prison, where he was hanged, and returned to the US.
- James L. May reports about Solovetsky Prison, first and one of the worst gulags in the Soviet Union.
- Richard Foss traces the history of prohibition in the US one hundred years later.
- Toby Luckhurst reports about some die-hard anti-alcohol activists who still fight for prohibition one hundred years later.
- Vintage Everyday shares some 1934 photos of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
Free online fiction:
- "Mad Dog" by Stephen D. Rogers in All Due Respect.
- "Two Birds" by John Patrick Robbins in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "A Face in the Crowd" by B.L. Conradis at Akashic Books.
- "Ride-Along" by Ron Riekki at Akashic Books.
- "Milky Way Galaxy, Solar System, Earth" by Kenneth James Crist in Yellow Mama.
- "Hypotheticals" by Ken Teutsch in Shotgun Honey.
- "I Died a Thousand Times: Death #556" by Richie Narvaez in The Five-Two.
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