»But Maggie differed from her contemporaries in another crucial way. In an era when most mysteries featured strong men, or non-aggressive women like Miss Marple or Nancy Drew, Maggie’s protagonists were smart, difficult, and sometimes threatening. They were women who shared a quietly desperate view of a hard-boiled world.«
»«I didn’t want to be judged by that,» Mr. Smith, 71, explained recently in his light-filled Victorian home north of San Francisco. «Either I’m a good writer or I’m not. ‘He’s our pre-eminent Parkinson’s writer.’ Who needs that?»«
Video and Portrait: Writer Martin Cruz Smith talked with Pam Belluck about his latest novel Tatiana, which is loosely based on the 2006 killing of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and about his Parkinson’s disease. Read more at The New York Times.
»Turow nods to novels like John Updike’s The Centaur, which uses the myths of antiquity to reflect on the modern age, as well as Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres, whose touchstone is King Lear. His agent asked if the novel was going to identify with stories like The Prince and the Pauper or A Tale of Two Cities, which are dependent on the true identities of certain characters. But the origins of Identical were actually personal, as Turow’s sister had a twin brother who died in childbirth.«
»I see my path in crime fiction,« he said. »There’s so much variety and scope in the genre and things I’d still like to write.«
The rising star of tartan noir:Nick Clark about writer Malcolm Mackay, who picked up the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year award for his book How a Gunman Says Goodbye. Read the portrait at The Independent.
»The latest book – A Delicate Truth – is centred in modern Britain, on a supposed threat to national security and the use of dubious means towards a justifiable end; the challenge to an individual oppressed by the power of the state. It’s a political tale, appreciated across the political spectrum (über-conservative cabinet minister Michael Gove chose it as one of the Daily Mail’s »hottest reads« of the summer, even if it was »permeated with Leftie politics«). Like the reviewers, Gove probably didn’t pick up on the book’s strong attack on the secret courts for which his government voted (allowing matters of »national security« to be heard behind closed doors).«
»The book was going to be page after page of catharsis. (…) I was so angry at politicians, businesspeople, executives, bankers, 1-percenters. Seeing this constant reinforcement of inequity masked as an effort to keep people free and independent. It would fill me with this very visceral, I-want-to-hit-somebody-or-something anger.«
A writer’s life: Carolyn Kellogg in conversation with Charlie Huston. The novelist turns his dark imagination to a cyber attack and economic inequality in his latest thriller Skinner. Read the portrait at the Los Angeles Times.
»It is absolutely killing me,« Mr. Huston says in mock anguish, »that now the book is coming out next week and Edward Snowden is not referenced by the characters. It feels to me like this is a huge absence.«
The new novel Skinner by Charlie Huston is a thriller for the Edward Snowden summer, Steve Dougherty says. His worth reading portrait on Mr. Huston and his book about a CIA-trained killer you will find at The Wall Street Journal.