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Whether the world is at stake or it’s just another day in Chinatown, Jake, these stories are about dark deeds, suspense, and the adrenaline rush.

Blogs
September 28 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 27, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
September 27 2016

Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: Revisiting a Wild 1970s Film

Criterion’s new Blu-Ray edition of Russ Meyer’s 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the...
Blogs
September 27 2016

God’s Garbage Men, A Trust Betrayed, and Hominy Grits

I’ve heard it said that writers are God’s garbage men. We pick up people’s...
Blogs
September 27 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 4

After a debate about betrayal and the ultimate goal last week for Chapter 3, we step into the...
Excerpts
September 27 2016

Strong Cold Dead: New Excerpt

Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in Jon Land's Strong Cold Dead, a thriller with heart-stopping...
Blogs
September 26 2016

Review: Combustion by Martin J. Smith

Combustion by Martin J. Smith is a page-turning thriller with a sh0cking twist (Available September...
Blogs
September 26 2016

Review: The Reckoning on Cane Hill by Steve Mosby

The Reckoning on Cane Hill is a terrifying and heartbreaking new novel of guilt and innocence, from...
Blogs
September 26 2016

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in October 2016

October—literally the best month of the year. Unfortunately, Netflix seems to have missed...
Blogs
September 23 2016

Passionate About Pulp: Revisiting Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

THE SUBGENRE: Cartoon noir. THE HERO(ES): Private eye Eddie Valiant and the eponymous...
Excerpts
September 23 2016

Daisy in Chains: Audio Excerpt

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton features a convicted serial killer who insists he's innocent...
Blogs
September 22 2016

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter: A Lost American Classic

When literary laureates list their picks for great American novels, rarely are crime novels brought...
Excerpts
September 22 2016

A Deadly Thaw: New Excerpt

A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward is the 2nd book in the Inspector Francis Sadler series (Available September...
Blogs
September 21 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Easter has come to Three Pines! In this time of resurrection and renewal, one of the owners of...
Blogs
September 21 2016

Night Watch by Iris and Roy Johansen: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Blogs
September 21 2016

Page to Screen—Rebecca: du Maurier vs. Hitchcock

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again...” It's a haunting opening...
Blogs
September 21 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 20, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
September 21 2016

Reckless Creed: New Excerpt

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava is the 3rd book in the Ryder Creed series (Available September 27, 2016). In...
Blogs
September 20 2016

What Fall TV Show Are You Most Excited About?

With the Emmys celebrating the best that television has to offer—and awarding the very...
Blogs
September 20 2016

Review: Gunshine State by Andrew Nette

Gunshine State by Andrew Nette is a heist thriller set in Queensland, Melbourne and Thailand....
Blogs
September 20 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 3

Though our journey is long, we've kept a steady momentum with a great discussion of Chapter...
Excerpts
September 20 2016

Devil Sent the Rain: New Excerpt

Devil Sent the Rain by Lisa Turner sees the return of hardboiled Detective Billy Able in this dark...
Blogs
September 19 2016

Head Back to School with the Adolescent Assassins of Deadly Class

I haven’t attended school for some time now, but every year, without fail, I start to feel...
Blogs
September 19 2016

Review: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton features a convicted serial killer that insists he's innocent...
Blogs
September 19 2016

Life Without Limits: Explore the World of Westworld with J.J. Abrams & Crew

October 2nd is almost upon us, and with it comes the anticipated premiere of Westworld on HBO....
Excerpts
September 19 2016

Deadly Legacy: New Excerpt

Deadly Legacy by Daniella Bernett is the sequel to Lead Me Into Danger and the 2nd book in the Emmeline...
Blogs
September 17 2016

The Best Mysteries Set in New Orleans

New Orleans...it’s not all King Cakes and muffuletta sandwiches and balconies adorned with...
Blogs
September 16 2016

“Brandy Crusta” Cocktail for Bouchercon 2016!

Bouchercon 2016 is this weekend, held in the New Orleans, Louisiana—a city with a rich...
Blogs
September 16 2016

Things to Do in Carcosa When You’re Dead

If you’re going to Bouchercon in New Orleans, I’m afraid you won’t have any...
Blogs
September 16 2016

Dear Jack Reacher: Family is Forking Important

This week's guest columnist is Reacher, who just received three unusual deposits into his...
Excerpts
September 16 2016

Protectors 2: Heroes

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The good folks who run Bouchercon have announced the 2016 Anthony Award nominees, and I’m...