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Criminal Element’s Best Books of 2018

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The Best Cat-And-Mouse Chase Thrillers in Crime Fiction

When reading a book, there’s nothing quite like a pulsating pursuit to get you turning the pages. I’ve always loved the use of the cat-and-mouse chase as a plot device; the moment the tension boils over that sparks the frantic escape, the intense hunt, the heart-stopping near misses, the showdown… Read more

A Deadly Divide: New Excerpt

A Deadly Divide by critically acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan is the fifth book in the Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series—a piercingly observed, gripping thriller that reveals the fractures that try to tear us all apart, from the once-tight partnership between detectives Esa and Rachel to the truth about a deeply… Read more

Book Review: Tear It Down by Nick Petrie

In Tear It Down, the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case—and stumbles into another—in the City of the Blues. Wanda Wyatt lived in an old brick house on a residential street off of Ayers in North Memphis. Her block was crowded with… Read more

Hitchcock Wannabe or Something Better? Revisiting Brian De Palma’s Obsession (1976)

Homages in the arts can be tricky undertakings. When a musical act, author, filmmaker, etc., produces a work that is largely derivative of a previous creative effort from the same medium, how should critics and the general public view their output? Should it be taken at face value, experienced and… Read more

Choice and Consequence

After the divorce, it was settled that my little sister would live mostly with my mother, while my two older brothers and I would live mostly with our father. A lawyer himself, our father—tasked all at once with the rearing of three unruly boys—naturally fell back on what he knew…. Read more

Winter Cozy Sweepstakes

Cozy up with these six winter mysteries by entering for a chance to win below! * Country Select oneUnited StatesOtherSorry, you cannot enter at this time. * E-mail Official Rules OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS… Read more

Book Review: The Death Messenger by Mari Hannah

Track a stalker. Catch a killer. The Death Messenger is a tense police procedural following The Silent Room in the thrilling Matthew Ryan series by Mari Hannah. In the Acknowledgements section at the end of the novel, author Mari Hannah indicates that the two lead protagonists in The Death Messenger — Matthew… Read more

“The Purloined Letter” — Mystery Solved

Today, January 19th, is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday. To celebrate his would-be 210th name day, we’re taking a look back at “The Purloined Letter,” C. Auguste Dupin, and the villain who’s been right in front of our eyes this whole time. It’s what he would have wanted. You don’t hear… Read more

Book Review: Back Door to Hell by Paul Gadsby

In Back Door to Hell by Paul Gadsby, boy meets girl. Girl has a plan. A plan that’ll change everything. If only they didn’t steal from the wrong person… Nate Stokes, the most central character of Paul Gadsby’s new novel, Back Door to Hell (published by Fahrenheit 13, an imprint of… Read more

Book Review: The Burglar by Thomas Perry

The Burglar from New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry is a new thriller about an unlikely burglar―a young woman in her 20s―who realizes she must solve a string of murders, or else become the next victim. This is the first book I’ve read by Thomas Perry. He’s an award-winning author with… Read more