Episode 59: Vu Tran

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Set in Las Vegas, the highly atmospheric, deeply noir Dragonfish, Vu Tran’s first mystery novel, takes its name from the Asian arowana, an endangered fish that’s supposed to bring good luck and keep evil away. But in the story of the intertwining lives of Robert, the Oakland cop, Suzy, his Vietnamese wife and Sonny, the Vietnamese gangster who… Read more »

Episode 58: Otto Penzler

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According to Otto Penzler, the dean of the mystery fiction genre, a short story anthology is like going to a party: you’ll see some familiar names and have the opportunity to meet new ones

Episode 57: Ace Atkins

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In The Redeemers, Ace Atkins’ newest crime novel, it’s the holidays and the about-to-be-ex Sheriff Quinn Colson encounters evil deeds and profound stupidity—and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is the more dangerous     Ace also talks about writing for Garden & Gun, the award-winning magazine that covers the best of the South, including his essay… Read more »

Episode 56: Ingrid Thoft

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Fina Ludlow is back in Brutality, Ingrid Thoft’s latest mystery about the thirtysomething Boston-based private investigator   In a bit of a departure for Fina, she takes a case that doesn’t come through her family’s law firm. Initially, her dad isn’t happy about it. But then, when is Carl Ludlow, patriarch of the deeply dysfunctional… Read more »

Episode 55: Robert Rotstein

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The explosive events of the past set the stage for Robert Rotstein’s The Bomb Maker’s Son, the third in his Parker Stern series of mysteries       Photo of Robert Rotstein ©Glen La Ferman

Episode 54: Stephen Hunter

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I, Ripper, Stephen Hunter’s version of the story of Jack the Ripper, is a bloody good take on the timeless tale. And we mean that in every way       Readers of Stephen Hunter’s three series about the Swagger clan, know he’s a firearms’ savant. In our interview, Steve discusses the Howdah (below), an unusual… Read more »

Episode 53: Sharon Bolton

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In Little Black Lies, Sharon Bolton’s new stand-alone thriller that takes place in the Falkland Islands in the mid-1990s—twelve years after the invasion and subsequent war—three deeply damaged individuals confess to the same crime          

Episode 52: Marcia Clark

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In her foreword to the re-publication of Compulsion, Meyer Levin’s remarkable novel based on the 1924 Leopold and Loeb trial in Chicago, Marcia Clark—who knows a thing or two about “Trials of the Century”—reminds us that almost 60 years after its publication, Levin’s look at the justice system’s role in society continues to ring true… Read more »

Episode 51: Attica Locke

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In Pleasantville, Attica Locke picks up the story of activist-turned-environmental lawyer Jay Porter, who she introduced to us in her debut thriller, Black Water Rising     In her own words, Attica was thrilled that Pleasantville was published when it was. You see, for the foreseeable future she plans to be otherwise engaged with another… Read more »