Crime Fiction Links of the Week for February 22, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares seven debut crime novels to read this February.
- Jeannette Cooperman explains what trends in crime fiction say about the state of the US and the world.
- Nick Kolakowski shares famous crime novels and movies inspired by real events.
- Heather Chavez talks about crime novels where the detective is also a parent.
- Kate Vane shares her ten favourite crime novel with journalist protagonists.
- Paula Woods shares five South Korean thrillers to read.
- Paul French talks about the rise of noir fiction set in Aberdeen, Scotland.
- T.R. Tapper talks about speculative noir from around the world.
- James Davis Nicoll shares five must-read science fiction and fantasy heist novels.
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia explains how the gothic romances of the 1960s and 1970s developed into the domestic suspense novels of today.
- Alexandra Sterling tackles Georgette Heyer's legacy in the Regency and historical romance genres.
- L.Wayne Hicks profiles C.W. Grafton, crime fiction writer and father of Sue Grafton.
- Jason Carter finds connections between James Ellroy and the true crime history of Wisconsin.
- The Week wonders whether the 1981 Dean R. Koontz thriller The Eyes of Darkness predicted the corona virus.
Tributes to Charles Portis:
- Charles Portis, author of True Grit, has died aged 86.
- Jeannie Roberts remembers Charles Portis.
- The Los Angeles Times declares that Charles Portis was more than just True Grit.
Film and TV:
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calls The Last Thing He Wanted a thriller no one would want.
- Katie Rife calls The Night Clerk a lousy, sub-De Palma thriller.
- Mal McEwan shares his thoughts on the Harlan Coben adaptation The Stranger.
- Randall Colburn shares his thoughts on the historical crime comedy Year of the Rabbit.
- Doreen Sheridan shares her thoughts on season 2 of You.
- Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg discuss Birds of Prey.
- Paul Levinson calls the series premiere of the prison drama For Life a powerful narrative.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Vienna Blood.
- LaToya Ferguson shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- A.A. Dowd declares that Young Ahmed fails to get into the head of a teenage extremist.
- Lucy Mangan calls How to Stay Out of Jail a remarkably hopeful documentary.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1940 gothic suspense thriller Rebecca.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1946 noir classic The Big Sleep.
- K.A, Laity revisits the 1946 noir movie Bedelia.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1981 neo noir movie Body Heat.
- Graham Moore talks about juries and courtroom scenes in Hollywood movies.
- Brooks Barnes interviews Ben Affleck about his time as Batman and his personal problems.
- Ben Child declares that even though Ben Affleck was a hard to like Batman, the actor himself deserves empathy for his personal difficulties.
- The BBC reports that the Royal Mail has released some James Bond stamps to tie in with the upcoming 25th James Bond movie No Time To Die.
- Actress Kellye Nakahara, best known for her parts in M.A.S.H., Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clue, has died aged 72.
Comments on season 8 of Homeland:
- James Donaghy declares that Homeland became a work of genius after most people stopped watching.
- Scott Von Doviak shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Homeland.
Comments on season 3 of The Sinner:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Sinner.
- Alex McLevy shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Sinner.
Comments on Parasite:
- Alex Stedman reports that Donald Trump is annoyed that Parasite won the Oscar for Best Picture, because he believes that only American films should win Oscars.
- Gavia Baker-Witelaw shares some reactions to Trump's clueless remarks about Parasite's Oscar win.
- Stuart Heritage shares some not entirely serious lessons to learn from Parasite.
- Peter Opaskar takes a look at the other films by Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho.
- Allison Robicelli explains how to make Ram-don, a dish served in Parasite.
Comments on The Outsider:
- Allison Shoemaker shares her thoughts on the latest episode of The Outsider.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Outsider.
- The finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards have been announced.
- The longlist for the 30 from 30 Award has been announced with quite a bit of love for genre titles.
- The winners of the 2019 Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Ronantic Fiction have been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch points out that the bones of good stories will show even though bad writing and production values.
- Tessa Wegert explains why so many crime fiction writers used to be journalists.
- Patricia Gibney talks about writing and researching her latest book.
- Laura Elliot talks about writing and researching her latest novel.
- Peter Clines explains why writers should think about their characters' underwear.
- Janice Hardy attempts to answer the question whether you should stop and revise or continue writing the first draft.
- Gabino Iglesias celebrates the best small presses publishing crime fiction today.
- Andrew Albanese reports that Donald Trump had once again proposed to end federal funding for libraries in the US.
- Victoria Strauss urges writers not to pay to display their books at Book Expo America in New York City.
- SFWA has issued a statement on the Goodreads troll problem.
- Molly Odintz interviews Meg Gardiner.
- Mary Kubica and Megan Miranda interview each other.
- Annie's Book Stop of Worcester interviews Ann Cleeves.
- Pat Saperstein interviews Harlan Coben.
- Natasha Harding interviews Mark Billingham.
- Ayo Onatade interviews Sam Lloyd.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Conviction by Denise Mina.
- BOLO Books reviews The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths
- Angie Barry reviews The Sun Down Motel by Simon St. James.
- John Valeri reviews The Burn by Kathleen Kent.
- Mal McEwan reviews Still You Sleep by Kate Vane.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day.
- Joy Kluver reviews The Holdout by Graham Moore.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Wild One by Nick Petrie.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews The Catch by Mick Herron.
- For Winter Nights reviews Possessed by Peter Laws.
- Janet Webb reviews Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei, translated by Jeremy Tiang.
- BOLO Books reviews Follow Me by Kathleen Barber.
- Marcel Theroux reviews Independence Square by A.D. Miller.
- Chris McGinley reviews Kraj the Enforcer by Rusty Barnes.
- Rusty Barnes reviews A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz.
- Janet Webb reviews A Silent Stabbing by Alyssa Maxwell.
- Lesa Holstine reviews On the Lamb by Tina Kashian.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Blackberry Burial by Sharon Farrow and tries a recipe from the book.
- Tobias Carroll reviews The Golden Key by Marian Womack.
- Paul Di Filippo reviews Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories, edited by Mike Ashley.
- Janet Rogers revisits the 1939 Philip Marlowe mystery The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1941 crime novel I Wake Up Screaming by Steve Fisher.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1942 mystery Death Knows No Calendar by John Bude.
- Paperback Warrior revisits I'll Find You, a 1950 Johnny Maguire hardboiled mystery by Richard Himmel.
- Sam Jordison revisits the 1953 mystery Maigret and the Man on the Bench by Georges Simenon.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1959 mystery Answer in the Negative by Henrietta Hamilton a.k.a. Hester Denne Shepherd.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1962 crime novel Dead Weight by Ruth Fenisong.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1967 Parker novel The Green Eagle Score by Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald Westlake.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1968 sleaze crime novel The Hellcats by Robert F. Slatzer.
- Joe Kenney revisits Boston Blitz, a 1972 novel in The Executioner men's adventure series by Don Pendleton.
- K.A. Laity revisits the 1974 crime novel Mr. Majestyk by Elmore Leonard.
- David Masciotra revisits the 1979 punk detective collection The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane by Rex Weiner.
- Paperback Warrior revisits The Deadly Crusader, a 1980 novel in the Hawk men's adventure series by Dan Streib.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1982 spy fiction collection Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens by Michael Gilbert.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits The Saint Valentine's Day Murders, a 1984 Robert Amiss mystery by Ruth Dudley Edwards.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1988 crime fiction anthology Murder on the Run, edited by Mary Higgins Clark and Thomas Chastain.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1990 men's adventure novel Special Operations Command by James N. Pruitt.
- Gabino Iglesias revisits Gone by Mo Hayder, winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Con and event reports:
- Neil Drysdale explains why Granite Noir in Aberdeen, Scotland, is such a great crime writing festival.
- Ayo Onatade shares the program for the Noireland International Crime Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Bridget Hallinan reports about the "Witches and Wizards" themed Murder Mystery Experience aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, which travels from Napa to St. Helena, California.
- Martin Edwards reports about a crime fiction workshop that he held at Loughborough University in Loughborough, UK.
- Hyung Eun Kim reports about the daring escape of a prisoner and her guard from North Korea.
- Chris Wilson explains how important reading is for prisoners and how unscrupulous companies are exploiting prisoners.
- Jessica Fellowes discusses the continuing fascination with British socialite turned fascist Diana Mitford.
- Nile Capello talks about cult-like families who hold their children prisoner often for decades.
- Michael Gonzales looks back at the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s in New York City.
- Roman Dial talks about the search for his son who vanished in the jungles of Costa Rica.
- Craig Pittman reports that cartoonist Mike Diana is finally off probation in Florida, which he was given in 1994 for drawing comics deemed obscene.
- Shelf Awareness reports that burglars who broke into a gay bookstore in London, UK, were caught drinking prosecco left over from a store event.
- Rory Carroll reports that an Irish drug dealer lost 46 million worth of Bitcoin codes, when his landlord threw out the fishing rod case wherein the codes were hidden.
- The BBC reports that a human brain in a jar was found in a mail truck at the US-Canadian border.
Free online fiction:
- "The Tenth Clew" by Dashiell Hammett at the Library of America.
- "El Dulce" by Zach Wilhide in Shotgun Honey.
- "Scrawny Pete" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "No Loyalty" by Robert Ragan in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "If you have to say anything, say nothing at all" by E.F. Fluff in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Darulaman Murder Mystery" by Steven Croft in The Five-Two.
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