Crime Fiction Links of the Week for December 12, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Laura Wilson shares the best recent crime novels and thrillers.
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels, mysteries and thrillers coming out this week.
- Paige Shelton shares ten wintery thrillers.
- James Davis Nicoll shares five murder mysteries set in space.
- Kia Abdullah shares eight crime novels featuring criminal conspiracies.
- Molly Odintz lists recent novels about vigilantes fighting for the oppressed.
- Paige Shelton shares her favourite crime novels and thriller about writers.
- Colin Broadmoor discussesthe squandered promises of Cyberpunk.
- Les Egerton declares that the world needs more dark stories with hopeful endings and shares his favourite examples.
- Gabino Iglesias shares his appreciation for the Mexican writer of political crime fiction Pablo Ignacio Taibo II.
- Adventures Fantastic shares their appreciation for the so-called "Black" series by Cornell Woolrich.
- Olivia Rutigliano points out that Evelyn Waugh great admired Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason.
- Olivia Rutigliano reports that G.K. Chesterton, author of the Father Brown mysteries, sincerely continued to belive in Santa Claus as an adult.
- Alison Flood reports that Ian Rankin will complete William McIlvanney's unfinished final novel The Dark Remains.
- Kim Willsher reports that Édouard Louis, author of A History of Violence, is understandably depressed and furious after the charges against the man who raped him have been dismissed.
- Alison Flood reports that the character Tim Fox, who happens to be black, will take over the mantle of Batman.
- Scottish crime fiction writer Alanna Knight has died aged 97.
Best of 2020:
- Marilyn Stasio shares her ten favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Crime Reads shares their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Mark Sanderson and Joam Smith share their favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Library Journal shares their favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- BOLO Books shares their ten favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Michael J. Seidlinger shares his favourite mysteries and thrillers of 2020.
- NPR share their favourite mysteries and crime novels of 2020.
- J. Kingston Pierce shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Runalong the Shelves shares their favourite thrillers of 2020.
- Audible shares their favourite crime fiction and thriller audiobooks of 2020.
- Vanity Fair shares its fifteen best books of 2020 with some love for crime fiction.
- Literary Hub shares the best book covers of 2020.
Film and TV:
- Olivia Rutigliano shares ten crime movies and thrillers that are set on Christmas.
- Ellen E. Jones calls Muscles a brutal black macho comedy.
- Leslie Felperin calls Knuckledust a lurid boxing thriller.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on Virgin River.
- Rebecca Nicholson shares her thoughts on the final season of Tin Star.
- Mark Kermode shares his thoughts on the drug trafficking drama County Lines.
- Garrick Webster shares his thoughts on the Norwegian crime drama Monster.
- Keith R.A. DeCandido shares his thoughts on The Old Guard.
- Robert Daniels calls the documentary 40 Years a Prisoner a potent reminder of the necessity of criminal justice reform in the US.
- James McMahon interviews Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather, Apocalypse Now and many others.
- Rich Pelley interviews Diane Lane, star of Streets on Fire.
- Olivia Rutigliano takes a look at the crime movies and thrillers of Audrey Hepburn.
- Andy McCarthy shares his appreciation for the 1990 gangster movie Goodfellas for its 30th anniversary.
- Cheryl Eddy revisits the 1995 science fiction thriller The Net.
- Scott Tobias revisits the 2000 martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for its 20th anniversary.
- Nick Kolakowski revisits the 2002 heist movie The Good Thief.
- Catherine Bray explains how to make a movie so bad that it's good.
- Nellie Andreeva reports that NBC is planning a new female-led Zorro TV series produced by Robert and Rebecca Rodriguez.
- Andrew Pulver reports that director Christopher Nolan has expressed his anger that Warner Bros will be releasing its forthcoming movies simultaneously in cinemas and on streaming services.
- Denis Villeneuve is not pleased that Warner Bros plans to release Dune simultaneously on streaming and in theatres.
- Shannon Miller reports that director Judd Apatow is not pleased at Warner Bros' plans either.
- Mark Sweeney reports that cinemas are reopening in the UK, but that they are still under threat by streaming services.
- Wrestler and actor Tommy "Tiny" Lister, who appeared in The Fifth Element, Star Trek Enterprise, Jackie Brown, The Dark Knight and many others, has died aged 62.
- British actress Dame Barbara Windsor, star of the Carry On series and Eastenders, has died aged 83.
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Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Lauren Sapala talks about intuitive writing.
- Andrea Hull explains how routine and ritual can help with your writing.
- Anna Catalano shares her NaNoWriMo experience.
- Crime fiction author Chris Whitaker explains how writing saved his life - twice.
- Gideon Marcus explains why selling your book in physical bookstores is important.
- Samatha Ladwig explains why she bought a bookshop.
Flood reports that the libraries in Walsall, UK, have still not
reopened and that the local council is wondering out loud whether
libraries are even necessary.
- Andrew Albanese reports that Amazon Publishing is in talks to offer e-books to libraries.
- Mike Glyer reports about the latest status of the policy with Audible.
- Keystroke Medium offers a behind the scenes look at DAW Books.
Greene interviews Mary Robinette Kowal and Alan Dean Foster about
Disney's failure to pay royalties due to Alan Dean Foster.
- Molly Odintz interviews Janet Evanovich.
- Robert Justice interviews S.A. Cosby.
- Mystery Tribune interviews Paul Vidich.
- Alan Petersen interviews Eileen Ormsby.
- Wrong Place, Write Crime interviews Susan C. Shea.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews S.J. Rozan.
- John Wisniewski interviews Tom Quiller.
- Jack Mangan interviews Graham Greene in 1950.
- Malcolm Muggeridge interviews John Le Carré in 1965.
- Crossexamining Crime interviews Stark House Press.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Sentinel by Lee and Andrew Child.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Demon Club by Scott Mariani.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Sinner by Martyn Waites.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Black Widows by Cate Quinn.
- Joy Kluver reviews Out For Blood by Deborah Masson.
- Matt Pechey reviews The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith.
- Alan Cranis reviews Thunder Storme by W.L. Ripley.
- Linda M. Castellito reviews Fool Me Twice by Jeff Lindsay.
- Patricia Abbott reviews My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell.
- Bruce DeSilva reviews Eddie's Boy by Thomas Perry.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews The Fox by Sólveig Pálsdóttir.
- Joy Kluver reviews The Open House by Sam Carrington.
- Kingdom Books reviews The Opium Prince by Jasmin Aimaq.
- James Davis Nicoll reviews These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Valentino Will Die by Donis Casey.
- Geza Tatrallyay reviews The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson.
- Janet Webb reviews Death, Diamonds and Deception by Rosemary Simpson.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Hidden Treasure by Jane K. Cleland.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke and tries a recipe from the book.
- Hilary Whorrall reviews How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith.
- Tadiana Jones reviews The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller.
- Lee Mandelo reviews The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller.
- Paul di Filippo reviews The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand.
- Fantasy Book Critic reviews The Preserve by Ariel S. Winter.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews The Great Chicken Mystery by Melanie Joyce.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1939 mystery Death of His Uncle by C.H.B. Kitchin.
- Judith Tarr revisits the 1948 pirate novel Scarface by Andre Norton.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1954 mystery Gold Was Our Grave by Henry Wade.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1954 noir novel One for the Road by Robert Dietrich a.k.a. Howard Hunt.
- James Reasoner revisits the 1959 crime novel Cut Me In by Jack Karney.
- Michael J. McCann revisits the 1961 Cool and Lam mystery Shills Can't Cash Chips by Erle Stanley Gardner.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1961 mystery Publicity for Murder by Elizabeth Messenger.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1961 suspense novel Footsteps in the Night by Dolores Hitchens.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1963 romantic suspense novel The Captive by John Turner a.k.a. John J. Flannery.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1967 suspense novel The Soundless Scream by Michael Butterworth.
- Joe Kenney revisits Death Car Surfside, a 1972 Operation Hang Ten men's adventure novel by Patrick Morgan a.k.a. George Snyder.
- James Davis Nicoll revisits the 1976 science fiction thriller The Multiple Man by Ben Bova.
- Andrew Nette revisits the 1978 supernatural noir novel Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg and its posthumously published sequel Angel's Inferno.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1984 spy novel Shooting in the Dark by Carolyn Hougan.
- Carroll Bogert and Lynnell Hancock report about the so-called "superpredator" panic of the 1990s and that those "superpredators" never existed.
- Cade Metz reports about police drones equipped with artificial intelligence.
- Dan Goodin reports that an environmental clean-up crew has found a rusty but intact Enigma cipher machine in the Baltic Sea.
- The Atascadero News reports that yet another mystery obelisk has appeared in California.
- The Guardian reports that the California mystery monolith has been destroyed by Christian vandals and replaced with a cross.
- Olivia Baron reports that yet another mystery monolith has appeared on a mall parking lot in Blackburn, UK.
- Rebecca Worby explains that the mystery monolith is not the only mystery object to have been found in the Utah desert.
- Brad Meltzer and Keith Farrell report about the Georgia Guidestones, another mysterious monument with unknown origins.
Free online fiction:
- "Quaking In My Boots" by B.V. Lawson in All Due Respect.
- "Vic Has Got to Die" by Lawrence Allan in Shotgun Honey.
- "Getting Your Money's Worth" by A.D. Schweiss in Shotgun Honey.
- "Pothole" by Ted Flanagan in Shotgun Honey.
- "The Debutante" by Rosemary McLean in Tough.
- "Fatal Detail" by Phil Hurst in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Caper" by A.C.F. Wilson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Crossing Boy" by Ian Ayris in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Where the Buck Stops" by John Patrick Robbins in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Strawberry Shortcake" by Sharon Waller Knutson in The Five-Two.
- "Christmas Eve at the Exit" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Santa's Sticky Fingers" by Cora Buhlert.
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