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» Who’s your favorite fictional detective? And the best villain?

Michael Connelly: It’s got to be Philip Marlowe as the detective. He had an unmatchable mixture of sardonic humor, weariness and resolve. I’ll go with Francis Dolarhyde from Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon as the villain. He remains in the shadow of Hannibal Lecter, but I find him more realistic and a reminder that these sorts of killers are more banal than genius. That makes them scarier.«

Michael Connelly

By the book: A Q & A with writer Michael Connelly (latetest novel: The Gods of Guilt). Read more at The New York Times.

  • No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
  • Purgatory by Ken Bruen
  • Through The Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Murder at the Vicarage: Marilyn Stasio about new crime fiction, mystery and thriller books. Her reviews of novels by Ruth Rendell, Michael Connelly, Ken Bruen and Julia Spencer-Fleming you will find at The New York Times.

»Mr. Connelly may not be a perfect wordsmith, but he brings down the hammer of justice with unequivocal power.«

Janet Maslin

A terrible fate: Janet Maslin about the latest legal thriller The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. Her review at The New York Times.