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»Note that many of these stories turn on simple theft, of diamonds or candlesticks or a lottery ticket; they hark back to simpler days before the modern thriller began to provide endless serial killers and ax murderers for our edification. To read today’s talented crime writers can be a pleasure, but it’s good to be reminded that they build on the work of others whose talents remain undimmed. «

Patrick Anderson

Yuletide fun and crime: Patrick Anderson about the anthology Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler. His review at The Washington Post.

» There is plenty of mayhem for fans of dark fiction in the pages of Long Island Noir: shootings, killings, all manner of brutality. And Long Island, too, comes in for a beating.
James Kindall on the forthcoming anthology Long Island Noir edited by Kaylie Jones. His view at nytimes.com.