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Yeah, yeah, deadlier than the male.

Thanks then to Sarah Weinman, whose Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazer of Domestic Suspense Paperback, reviewed in LARB by Cullen Gallagher, gives us stories by some of the best noir writers regardless of  gender (but who happen to be women): Patricia Highsmith, Margarat Millar and Dorothy B. Hughes. As Gallagher concludes, “Weinman’s anthology is only the first word on the subject, and far from the last.” Amen to that.

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The New York Times best selling author on her book that delves into the secret program the U.S. employed to sanitize the relocation of Nazi scientists to America after the end of World War II.

Annie Jacobsen at LATFOB

Annie Jacobsen and I sat down at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to discuss her most recent book, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America. Along the way we also discussed the TV adaptation of her Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Chris Carter of X-Files fame as well as who has optioned Paperclip. Spoiler alert: His partner optioned—and is directing—the film version of Unbroken.

I also mentioned some of the articles that Annie Jacobsen wrote for LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine when I was its editor in chief. Links to articles written by Annie Jacobsen are directly below:

What Plane?

The Road to Area 51

Camping with Qaddafi

Element of Surprise

What Lies Beneath

Kabul Lullaby

From Mojave to the Moon

Out of Iran: One L.A. Dentist’s Great Horseback Escape

Photo of Annie Jacobsen by Nancie Clare


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Alan Furst talks to SoM about his newest novel, Midnight in Europe, set against the backdrop of pre-WWII Europe.

Alan Furst © Rainer Hosch

Called “America’s preeminent spy novelist,” by The New York Times, Furst considers his series of novels “really one very long book with, to date, twelve chapters.”

Look for the published podcast interview with Alan Furst here or on iTunes, Monday June 2, 2014, the day before the novel’s official publication date.

Book tour for Midnight in Europe

photo: © Rainer Hosch

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The author of The Amazing Harvey gets tricky with SoM!

Les Klinger and I enjoyed a lunch at the Napa Valley Grill with Don Passman to talk about The Amazing Harvey, his first mystery. The afternoon was entertaining on all fronts. Talking about mysteries is one of our favorite pastimes — and meeting a writer who’s just published his first mystery is exciting.

Dan Passman-Harvey

But, as infomercials are so fond of broadcasting, there’s more! Don Passman, in addition to being one of the foremost attorneys in the music business, is himself a magician. And for the first time, at least for Les and me, we recorded a card trick. I’m still working on building a slide show of the images, but here is the photo to which Les refers taken after he has chosen his card.





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Megan Abbott’s latest novel about “guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire” is due out June 19, 2014.


Megan will join SoM to talk about the book, the story’s inspiration and how she’s able with just a subtle, indiscernible twist to turn otherwise wholesome worlds inside out. Stay tuned for an exact date.

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Norway’s best-selling crime fiction writer talks politics, revenge and what makes Sonny —and Harry Hole — tick.


I spoke to Jo Nesbø by phone on Tuesday May 13, 2014 — the U.S. publication day of his most recent crime novel, The Son — from the New York City office of Knopf, his U.S. publisher.

It was late in the day and I could tell that he was tired, but he was unfailingly polite, especially in the face of technical problems. In the end we were able to record about 75% of the interview and I have done my best to fill you in on the rest.