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»«I don’t have to think,» he says of his writing. «I go into sort of a trance.» «

Alexander McCall Smith

3,000 words a day: Sarah Hampson in conversation with writer Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series). Her portrait at The Globe and Mail.

»One of the joys of Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective novels – apart from their intricate plotting and on-the-money descriptions of police procedures – is the soap opera: the complex interweaving of characters we have come to know and love, or, in some cases, to dislike or even hate, and sometimes love and hate together.«

Jack Kirchhoff

Quick-step prose: Jack Kirchhoff on the novel Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin. His review at The Globe and Mail.

»I was always a big fan of fast-paced crime friction and suspense thrillers. Elmore Leonard. Raymond Chandler. Agatha Christie. P.D. James. I loved how they assembled a plot and then took it apart logically, but always kept you guessing. I wanted to write like they did.«

Kathy Reichs

A big fan of fast-paced crime friction: Read an interview with Kathy Reichs at The Globe and Mail.

  • Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook
  • Police by Jo Nesbø
  • Barrett Fuller’s Secret by Scott Carte
  • Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Light In A Dark House by Jan Costin Wagner
  • The Ways Of The World by Robert Goddard
  • Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay

Seven at one blow: Margaret Cannon about new crime fiction novels by Thomas H. Cook, Jo Nesbø, Scott Carte, Arnaldur Indriðason, Jan Costin Wagner, Robert Goddard and Jeff Lindsay. Her reviews at The Globe and Mail.

»The best scene in Doctor Sleep – one of the best scenes King has ever written – comes early, when we see an alcoholic Dan hit bottom. It is sheer terror, completely repulsive, yet addictive – the horror from which you cannot look away.«

Jared Bland

Trouble sleeping? Read Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, Jared Bland says. His review of Doctor Sleep at The Globe and Mail.

»The Cuckoo’s Calling, in contrast, reads like Rowling doing what she does best: telling a story that only she can tell, in the way that only she can tell it.«

Robert J. Wiersema

How Joanne K. Rowling’s pseudonym helped her write a better book: Robert J. Wiersema about the novel The Cuckoo’s Calling by Joanne K. Rowling, alias Robert Galbraith. Read the review at The Globe and Mail.

»His [Robert Kolker] tireless reporting has done for the Long Island case what Stevie Cameron did for the Robert Pickton murders: created a full, agonizing account of a horrible murder case involving neglected women that tells us bad things about ourselves.«

Patrick White

How crime apathy can empower a serial killer: Patrick White about the non fiction book Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. His review at The Globe and Mail.

»What is The Odyssey, after all, but the grandpappy of all thrillers? Genre fiction – like all fiction – is lame only in proportion to the fitness of its practitioner, and Lisa Moore is very hale indeed.«

Leah Hager Cohen

Lisa Moore, genre writer? Only if you think thrillers can’t be literary, says Leah Hager Cohen. Her review of the novel Caught you can catch at The Globe and Mail.

  • Miss Montreal by Howard Shrier
  • The Whisper of Legends by Barbara Fradkin
  • Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura
  • Almost Criminal by E.R. Brown

Murder in Montreal: Margaret Cannon about four new crime novels. Her reviews at The Globe and Mail.