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Essay: The rise and rise of Florida crime fiction
»L.A. noir spoke to those far from California because readers recognized the hidden truth that the web of American corruption implicated everyone. All the great scandals of American life from the Second World War through Watergate involved some acknowledgment that sordid actuality and the shiny official imagery were, so to speak, scenes from one movie. Florida-glare novels speak to us because we see our current condition in the way that violence rises out of nowhere and is barely noticed.«
— Adam Gopnik

Bloodlines of genre fiction Adam Gopnik about the history of Florida crime fiction. His essay In the Back Cabana, first published in June 2013, is now available online at The New Yorker.

  • Season to Taste by Natalie Young
  • Farthing by Jo Walton
  • Long Way Home by Eva Dolan
  • The Sudden Arrival of Violence by Malcolm MacKay
  • This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Gimme five: Laura Wilson about new crime fiction books by Natalie Young, Jo Walton, Eva Dolan, Malcolm MacKay & Wiley Cash. Her reviews at The Guardian.

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced the Nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards.

Best Novel

  • Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook
  • The Humans by Matt Haig
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin
  • Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy

Best First Novel by an American Author

  • The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn
  • Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
  • Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
  • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Best Paperback Original

  • The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
  • Almost Criminal by E. R. Brown
  • Joe Victim by Paul Cleave
  • Joyland by Stephen King
  • The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  • Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Best Fact Crime

  • Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins
  • Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D’Antonio
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder by Charles Graeber
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical

  • Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories by Bill Alder
  • America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere
  • Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing by Justin Gifford
  • Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett
  • Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction by Melissa Schaub

Best Short Story

  • The Terminal in Kwik Krimes by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • So Long, Chief in Strand Magazine by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane
  • The Caston Private Lending Library & Book Depository in Bibliomysteries by John Connolly
  • There are Roads in the Water in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tina Corey
  • Where That Morning Sun Does Down in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tim L. Williams

Best Juvenile

  • Strike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk
  • Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne
  • P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence
  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  • One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Best Young Adult

  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  • Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
  • How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
  • Ketchup Clouds by Amanda Pitcher

Best Television Episode Teleplay

  • Episode 3 from Luther Teleplay by Neil Cross
  • Episode 1 from The Fall Teleplay by Allan Cubitt
  • Legitimate Rape from Law & Order: SVU Teleplay by evin Fox & Peter Blauner
  • Variations Under Domestication from Orphan Black Teleplay by Will Pascoe
  • Pilot from The Following Teleplay by Kevin Williamson

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

  • The Wentworth Letter – Criminal Element’s Malfeasance Occasional by Jeff Soloway

Grand Master

  • Robert Crais
  • Carolyn Hart

Raven Awards

  • Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Simon Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award

  • There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron
  • Fear of Beauty by Susan Froetschel
  • The Money Kill by Katia Lief
  • Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman
  • The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi
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    »In literature, too, many Northern writers are touched by the same intangible geist, the echoes of post-industrialisation, the employment vacuum left by heavy industry, and the ever-present – if sometimes unspoken – dislike of anyone London-based.«

    AK Nawaz

    Welcome to the north: AK Nawaz about Scottish crime fiction – aka Tartan Noir – and Scandic detective stories. His essay at The Guardian.

    Pianist, composer, and critic Ethan Iverson about the crimes of the century. Mr. Iverson compiled various lists with his favorit crime fiction books. In his blog Do The Math you will find lists like 15 Hardboiled/American Crime Essentials, 15 Cozy/English Crime Essentials, 10 Espionage Essentials, 10 Unusual One-offs that Connoisseurs Like to Talk About, 5 Unlikely Suspects Show They Can Hold Their Own Against the Professionals, 25 books I’ve really enjoyed since the Millennium, and 65 more books. Great lists, via Sarah Weinman.

    Broken River Kickstarter from Zanzibar! Media on Vimeo.

    Wer regelmäßig bei den Krimi-Depeschen reinschaut, kennt das: Ab und zu gibt es hier einen Hinweis auf ein interessantes Crowdsourcing-Projekt. Dieses hier von J. David Osborne hat das gesteckte Ziel von 5.000 Dollar bei Kickstarter zwar schon erreicht, dennoch lohnt ein Blick darauf. Mr. Osborne möchte einen kleinen Verlag für eher finstere Krimis gründen. Broken River Books hat gleich fünf (ältere) Titel am Start und die Vorschauen lesen sich höchst interessant.

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