Crime Fiction Links of the Week for June 13, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Zara Lisbon shares five crime novels that inspired her.
- Crime Reads shares five true crime books to read this June.
- J.A. Jance explains how books helped her learn about the world beyond her small hometown.
- Debra Bokur declares that crime fiction is the perfect way to travel.
- Paul French declares that Sydney is Australia's capital of noir.
- Heather Young explains why small towns make good settings for crime novels.
- Kimberly Belle shares six murder mysteries set at lakes.
- Faith Martin explains why Oxford in the 1960s is the perfect setting for a murder.
- Catherine McKenzie shares seven thrillers about identiy and reinvention
- Lisa Levy takes a look at the many crime novels and thrillers with "girl" in the title.
- Brandie DeRusha shares ten authors fans of David Baldacci will enjoy.
- Olivia Rutigliano discusses the portrayal of police officers in the works of Charles Dickens.
- Marcia Trahan discusses how she bonded with her mother over a shared love of true crime.
- Jason Sacks reports about the debut of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, in 1965.
- Sam Thielman reports that Gerry Conway, creator of the Punisher, is appallled that the Punisher logo has been appropriated by the far right and has responded by turning it into a symbol to promote Black Lives Matter.
- Ethan Alter reports that LEGO has suspended its various police sets in response to the death of George Floyd by police brutality.
- Mystery writer Grace Edwards died aged 87.
Comments on J.K. Rowling's remarks about transpeople:
- Charu Sinha reports that J.K. Rowling a.k.a. Robert Galbraith has made several transphobic tweets - again.
- J.K. Rowling tries to clarify her transphobic tweets and mostly succeeds in digging the hole only deeper.
- Sian Cain reports about the transphobia controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling.
- Gabrielle Bellot responds to J.K. Rowling and declares that Rowling betrayed the world she created.
- Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the eponymous movie series, responds to J.K. Rowling's tweets about gender identity.
- Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, also responds to J.K. Rowling.
- Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, has also responded to J.K. Rowling.
- Adam B. Vary wonders what J.K. Rowling's problematic tweets will mean for the future of the Fantastic Beasts movies, which already suffered from domestic abuse allegations against two of their stars,
Film and TV:
- Gwen Ihnat calls the new Perry Mason a gritty, but unrecognizable version of an iconic character.
- Jesse Hassenger calls The Last Days of American Crime a bloated science fiction heist movie.
- Keith R.A. DeCandido shares his thoughts on Bloodshot.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Hightown.
- BOLO Books shares their thoughts on the crime drama Truth Be Told.
- BOLO Books shares their thoughts on the crime drama Defending Jacob.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the Italian legal drama The Trial.
- Alex McLevy shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Agents of SHIELD.
- Amelia Gentleman talks about the British legal drama Sitting in Limbo and the true story behind it.
- Stuart Jeffries shares his thoughts on the true crime documentary Murder in the Outback: the Falconio and Lees Mystery.
- Otto Penzler rewatches the 1955 crime movie The Night of the Hunter.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1962 suspense movie Knife in the Water.
- Michael Hann watches the 1980 crime comedy The Blues Brothers for the first time ever.
- Stuart Heritage reports that James Bond will be revealed to have a five-year-old daughter in the upcoming Bond movie No Time To Die.
Discussion about crime shows on TV and whether they are problematic:
- Daniel Fienberg and Inkoo Kang discuss how crime dramas on TV should address police brutality.
- Kathryn VanArendonk complains about too many cop shows on television.
- Molly Odintz is troubled by the depiction of suburban middle class criminality in the TV comedies Good Girls, Weeds and Dead To Me.
- Adam Barnhardt reports that the reality show Cops has been cancelled after 31 years following the Black Lives Matter protests.
- Claire Spellberg reports that the children's animated show Paw Patrol is also under fire for its portrayal of a police officer dog.
Comments on Da 5 Bloods:
- Peter Bradshaw calls the war film Da 5 Bloods a shocking blend of searing satire and action thriller.
- Ashley Ray-Harris calls Da 5 Bloods a politically muddled war movie.
Comments on I May Destroy You:
- Shannon Miller calls I May Destroy You a thorough look at sexual abuse and healing.
- Ashley Ray-Harris calls the pilot episode of I May Destroy You devastating and surpassing expectations.
- Lucy Mangan wonders whether I May Destroy You may be the best drama of the year.
- Hannah J. Davies interviews Michaela Coel, writer and star of I May Destroy You.
- Charles Pulliam-Moore calls Snowpiercer an apocalyptic Law and Order spin-off set on a train.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Snowpiercer.
Comments on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels:
- Danette Chavez shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
- Michael Barson interviews John Logan, creator of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Comments on Ruby Rose leaving Batwoman:
- Michael Ausiello reports that after star Ruby Rose left Batwoman after only season, her role will not be recast, but that she will be replaced by a new character.
- Matt Webb Mitovich reports that Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries considered recasting the role of Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman but ultimately decided against it.
- Tor.com has more information on how Batwoman will handle the exit of Ruby Rose.
Comments on Looney Tunes and the disarmament of Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam:
- The Guardian reports that Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will no longer have guns in the latest Looney Tunes cartoon series.
- Kevin Polowy shares various reactions to the disarmament of Elmer Fudd and Yodemite Sam.
- Cameron Bonomolo also shares various reactions and responses to the disarmament of Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam.
- Robert Ito declares that the new Looney Tunes capture the look and feel of the originals - except for Elmer Fudd's and Yosemite Sam's guns, that is.
- The shortlist for the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award has been announced and is open for voting.
- The nominees for the 2020 Anthony Awards have been announced.
- The winner of the 2019 Dashiell Hammett Awards has been announced.
- The finalists and winners for the 2019 Peabody Awards have been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Angela Marsons discusses whether you should set your crime novel in a real or fictional place.
- Charlie Jane Anders attempts to tackle the question what to write about in difficult times.
- Iris Johansen declares that the best way to know a writer is through their characters.
- M.J. Arlidge explains how to evolve your protagonist.
- S.K. Barnett explains how advertising taught him the art of the twist.
- Zoe Sharp explains how she accidentally wrote a crime series.
- John Bishop talks about writing and researching his Doc Brady medical thriller series.
- Vee Kumari talks about writing Dharma: A Rkha Rao Mystery.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch declares that sometimes, it is important to speak out, even if one loses readers or followers over it.
- Alison Flood discusses the disparate advances paid to white and black authors.
- Concepción de León and Elizabeth A. Harris also discuss the disparate advances paid to white and black authors.
- John the Correlator takes a look at racial representation on the New York Times bestseller list.
- The RWA has issued a statement expressing their support for Black Lives Matter and black romance writers in general.
- Clare Thorp asks what makes an iconic book cover.
- Josephine Wolff reports about the new Associated Press Stylebook.
- Alex Green interviews various booksellers about their experiences during the corona virus pandemic.
- The BBC reports that Elon Musk has called for Amazon to be broken up as part of his longstanding rivalry with Jeff Bezos after Kindle Direct Publishing rejected an author's book about the corona virus.
- Andrew Liptak reports about the destruction of the Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's
science fiction and mystery bookstores during the riots following the
death of George Floyd due to police violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Madeleine Thien interviews Adania Shibli.
- Victoria Goldman interviews Bevan Frank.
- Suspense Radio interviews C.J. Tudor.
- Meet the Thriller Author interviews T.R. Ragan.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Fair Warning by Michael Connelly.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews Worse Angels by Laird Barron.
- Sandie Herron reviews Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews The Summer of Kim Novak by Hakan Nesser, translated by Saskia Vogel.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Night Swim by Megan Golding.
- Publishers Weekly reviews In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Cry Baby by Mark Billingham.
- Janet Webb reviews Don't Make a Sound by T.R. Ragan.
- Ray Palen reviews This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Private Lives by J.G. Harlond.
- For Winter Nights reviews The House Share by Kate Helm.
- Ray Palen reviews The Guest List by Lucy Foley.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Babysitter by Phoebe Morgan.
- Vicki Wiesfeld reviews Little Altar Boy by John Guzlowski.
- Ray Palen reviews The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Black Flag by David Ricciardi.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews Sword by Bogdan Teodorescu, translated by Marina Sofia.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Bangtail Ghost by Keith McCafferty.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Last Trial by Scott Turow.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Voter File by David Pepper.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Death of a Telenovela Star by Teresa Dovalpage.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis and tries a recipe from the book.
- Socrates' Book Reviews reviews Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook.
- Kat Hooper reviews Tomorrow, the Killing by Daniel Polansky.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Tom Clancy Firing Point by Mike Maden.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1926 murder mystery The Dangerfield Talisman by J.J. Connington.
- Only Detect revisits the 1943 mystery Wall of Eyes by Margaret Millar.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1945 mystery He'd Rather Be Dead by George Bellairs.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1952 mystery The Case of the Counterfeit Colonel by Christopher Bush.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1953 mystery Kiss Me Hard by Thomas B. Dewey.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1965 crime novel Where Murder Waits by Gordon Davis a.k.a. E. Edward Hunt.
- Michael Gonzales revisits the 1965 crime novel The Liberation of L.B. Jones.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1969 psychological thriller Possession by Celia Fremlin.
- Paperback Warrior revisits First Blood, a 1977 novel in the Soldier of Fortune men's adventure series.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1985 mystery Murder Before Matins by John Reeves.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 2001 mystery Fearless Jones by Walter Mosley.
Con and event reports:
- Ayo Onatade reports about the Locked Up Festival, a virtual crime fiction charity festival to benefit the UK food bank network the Trussell Trust.
- Aspen Matis talks about the disappearance of her husband.
- Bobby Allyn reports that IBM has abandoned facial recognition and condemns racially biassed surveillance.
- Bobby Allyn reports that Amazon has halted police use of its facial recognition technology as well.
- Kevin Jiang discusses how sleep deprivation kills.
Free online fiction:
- "Unsatisfied" by William Boyle in Tough.
- "Organized Crime" by Bruce Harris in Shotgun Honey.
- "Streaming Meemie" by Kenton K. Yee in Shotgun Honey.
- "The Ghost of Gimmick Fall" by John Patrick Robbins in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Rhumba" by Alec Binnie at Akashic Books.
- "Finally Sleep" by Gissel Reynoso at Akashic Books.
- "Each Night" by Christopher Moore at Akashic Books.
- "Edward G. Robinson in the Public Domain" by Matthew Sorrento in The Five-Two.