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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.

Excerpts
June 27 2016

Paraíso: New Excerpt

Paraíso is a genre-bending story about love, sibling relationships, and the dark side of paradise...
Excerpts
June 26 2016

The Yemen Contract: New Excerpt

The Yemen Contract by Arthur Kerns is the 3rd book in the Hayden Stone Thriller series, where Stone...
Excerpts
June 25 2016

Shooting the Sphinx: New Excerpt

Shooting the Sphinx by Avram Noble Ludwig is a unique political thriller about an American filmmaker...
Blogs
June 25 2016

Outcast 1.04: “A Wrath Unseen” Episode Review

Boy, nothing says depressing quite like a funeral with only three attendants—and of those...
Blogs
June 24 2016

“The Moon’s Shine” Cocktail

From the hills of the Appalachian region to the copper stills of those keeping the illegal, and...
Blogs
June 24 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—The Sandman

The Series: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. The Hero: Dream (also known as Morpheus, among...
Blogs
June 24 2016

Dear Lisbeth Salander: I Want Revenge

This week's guest columnist is Lisbeth Salander, who's a hacker but not a hack, Wasp...
Excerpts
June 24 2016

The Charmers: New Excerpt

The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler is a page-turner of a novel that will keep you riveted up until the...
Excerpts
June 24 2016

The Big Sheep: New Excerpt

The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese is a balance of sci-fi, mystery, and humor (Available June 28, 2016). Los...
Blogs
June 23 2016

Q&A with Spencer Kope, Author of Collecting the Dead

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Before writing crime novels, you solved crimes as a Crime Analyst with the Whatcom County Sheriff's...
Excerpts
June 23 2016

Widowmaker: Audio Excerpt

Widowmaker by Paul Doiron is book #7 in the Mike Bowditch series (Available June 14, 2016). When...
Excerpts
June 23 2016

Black Sails, Disco Inferno: New Excerpt

Black Sails Disco Inferno by Andrez Bergen is the 70s noir-style retelling of the classic medieval...
Blogs
June 22 2016

Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics...
Blogs
June 22 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 21, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
June 22 2016

Let There Be Linda Blog Tour: Sneak Peak and Exclusive Q&A with Author Rich Leder

Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder is a black comic thriller that tells the tall tale of estranged brothers...
Blogs
June 21 2016

How Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Has Changed

One night, after working on a murder mystery that was going nowhere, I toyed with the idea of...
Blogs
June 21 2016

Review: The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr

The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr is a gripping historical thriller set in sixteenth-century Spain. What...
Excerpts
June 21 2016

First Strike: New Excerpt

First Strike by Ben Coes is the 6th thriller featuring CIA operative Dewey Andreas (Available...
Blogs
June 21 2016

Who Is Your Favorite Batman?

Ever since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939, Bruce Wayne has captured...
Blogs
June 20 2016

Review: Pressure by Brian Keene

Pressure by Brian Keene is this summer's hot new thriller from the bestselling author...
Blogs
June 20 2016

Endeavour 3.01: “Ride” Episode Review

When we last saw our hero Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) in Series 2, Episode 4, “Neverland,” things...
Blogs
June 20 2016

Watch the New Trailer for HBO’s Westworld

In addition to last night’s thrilling “Battle of the Bastards,” HBO aired its...
Excerpts
June 20 2016

Collecting the Dead: New Excerpt

Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope is a debut novel that introduces Magnus “Steps” Craig,...
Blogs
June 18 2016

Outcast 1.03: “All Alone Now” Episode Review

Police partners and long-time friends, Brock (Lee Tergesen) and Luke (JR Bourne), go bowling...
Blogs
June 17 2016

“The Jumpin’ Black SteepleJack” Cocktail

There are two ways to travel into a fantasy world: get lost in a great book or have a few Pick...
Blogs
June 17 2016

Dear Jack Reacher: Advice for the Girl Who Wants Everything

This week's guest advice columnist is Jack Reacher, who's sipping black coffee at a diner...
Excerpts
June 17 2016

Burn What Will Burn: New Excerpt

Burn What Will Burn by C.B. McKenzie is a gritty, gripping mystery and an enthralling character...
Blogs
June 16 2016

Will We Dig The Tunnel?

In addition to the return of Endeavour on Masterpiece Mystery this week, PBS will air The Tunnel,...
Excerpts
June 16 2016

Waypoint Kangaroo: New Excerpt

Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen is a debut novel and an outer space thriller (Available June 21,...
Blogs
June 15 2016

R. Is for Robot: Reviewing The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

A few months after solving an ambassador’s murder and receiving accolades from across the...