»Call Mr. Pavone a reliable new must-read in the world of thrillers, but don’t call him an optimist. He sees book publishing going down the tubes even faster than the moral quandaries of early-20th-century American fiction have.«
A page-turner with a dirty secret: Janet Maslin about the latest novel The Accident by Chris Pavone. Her review at The New York Times.
»There are many references in Carthage to magical spells and fairy tales and children’s storybooks. It made me want to flee back into the adult world, pry open a window and gulp the open air.«
Missing sprite leaves only her shadow: Dwight Garner about the latest novel Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates. His review at The New York Times.
»Alaric Hunt, a convicted murderer who has been jailed since 1988, pieced together a vision of the outside world gleaned from episodes of Law and Order and novels to write a serial killer thriller that would go on to win him both a literary award and a publishing deal, the New York Times has reported.«
Alaric Hunt‘s Cuts Through Bone received $10,000 prize from the Private Eye Writers of America, and a publishing deal. Alison Flood reports at The Guardian.
»Alaric Hunt turned 44 in September. He last saw the outside world at 19. He works every day at the prison library in a maximum-security facility in Bishopville, S.C., passing out the same five magazines and newspapers to the same inmates who chose the library over some other activity. He discovered his favorite writer, Hemingway, at a library like this one, in a different prison. He found the Greek and the Roman philosophers there too. He rediscovered the science-fiction masters who wowed him as a boy and spurred him to write his own stories. And, one Friday three years ago, he found the listing for the contest that would change his life.«
Alaric Hunt is the winner of novel-writing contest, jointly sponsored by Minotaur Books and the Private Eye Writers of America. And Alaric Hunt is serving a life sentence. Sarah Weinman with a worth reading portrait about Mr. Hunt and his debut novel Cuts Through Bone at The New York Times.
- USA Noir ed. by Johnny Temple
- Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan
- Bryant & May and the Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler
- The Midas Murders by Pieter Aspe
New crime fiction: Marilyn Stasio about new books by Gene Kerrigan, Christopher Fowler, Pieter Aspe and the anthology USA Noir edited by Johnny Temple. Her reviews at The New York Times.
»Mr. Fowler creates a fine blend of vivid descriptions (one eccentric spiritualist dressed in purple, green, orange and yellow looks like «a small seaside town celebrating a centenary»), quick thinking and artful understatement.«
Immense charm: Janet Maslin about the novel The Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler. Her review at The New York Times.
» 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.«
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.