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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
May 31 2016

Your Room Is Ready: Reviewing The Night Manager Miniseries

If you’ve made your name writing about Cold War espionage, what do you do when the Cold...
Blogs
May 31 2016

Review: Stealing the Countess by David Housewright

Stealing the Countess is the 13th book in the Rushmore McKenzie series by the Edgar Award-winner David...
Excerpts
May 31 2016

Margaret Truman’s Deadly Medicine: New Excerpt

Medicine meets murder in Margaret Truman's Deadly Medicine by Donald Bain—the 29th installment...
Blogs
May 27 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Lackadaisy Cats

The Series: Lackadaisy Cats by Tracy J. Butler. The Heroes: Anthropomorphized cats in...
Blogs
May 27 2016

Dear Lisbeth Salander: Honest, Tough Advice from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This week's guest columnist is Lisbeth Salander, who's a hacker but not a hack, Wasp...
Excerpts
May 27 2016

Trail of Echoes: New Excerpt

Trail of Echoes is the latest Elouise Norton mystery novel from critically acclaimed writer Rachel...
Blogs
May 26 2016

Mood, Music, & Mysteries

Every mystery lover knows that the theme music for a TV series helps to sets the mood for the...
Blogs
May 26 2016

Review: The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda follows the young Lieutenant Reiko Himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan...
Blogs
May 25 2016

Nate Heller & Mike Hammer

Read this exclusive guest post from Max Allan Collins, author of Better Dead, comparing...
Blogs
May 25 2016

An Interview with Louise Penny

Although we all have to patiently wait until August 30th for Louise Penny’s upcoming Inspector...
Blogs
May 25 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 24, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
May 24 2016

Antiheroes: Top 5 Reasons a Little Bad Feels So Good

Why do we love heroes with a bit of bad in them? Antiheroes are popping up more and more...
Blogs
May 24 2016

Preorder First Strike by Ben Coes and Get Exfiltration Free!

Exfiltration started out as a scene from one of Ben Coes's novels, Independence Day. It was cut...
Blogs
May 23 2016

Wallander 4.03: “The Troubled Man” Episode Review

Early morning. Håkan von Enke (Terrence Hardiman) begins his day as he always does, winding...
Blogs
May 23 2016

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed—The Losers

Who doesn't like a good comic book movie? (Notice I said good—I would never try...
Excerpts
May 23 2016

A Game for All the Family: New Excerpt

A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah is a standalone thriller by this New York Times bestselling...
Blogs
May 20 2016

Alfred Hitchcock Is Not as Great as You Think

Alfred Hitchcock is brilliant. He made some absolutely amazing films. Certified classics—make...
Excerpts
May 19 2016

Boar Island: Audio Excerpt

Boar Island by Nevada Barr is the 19th book in the Anna Pigeon series, where the National Park Service...
Blogs
May 18 2016

Headline Hunting: How Real-Life News Can Inspire the Next Thriller

Read this exclusive guest post from Ward Larsen, author of Assassin's Silence, about how...
Blogs
May 18 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 17, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
May 17 2016

Richard Stark and Parker: Thick as Thieves

“When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man.” -Richard Stark,...
Original Stories
May 17 2016

“Down to Zero” by Jon McGoran

“Down to Zero” by Jon McGoran is a new ecological thriller short story featuring Detective...
Excerpts
May 16 2016

Manhattan Night: New Excerpt

Manhattan Night by Colin Harrison is a thrilling literary noir that paints a picture of a gritty,...
Blogs
May 13 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Spectre

One of the factors that distinguishes a costumed vigilante from another is their attitude towards...
Blogs
May 12 2016

Why So Serious? A Little Less Grimdark and a Little More Fun, Please

“Are you a Marvel or a DC?” It's become one of those questions—just...
Blogs
May 12 2016

Discount: Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler

In anticipation of the release of The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler (Available June 28, 2016), get an...
Blogs
May 11 2016

5 Great Crime Novels Meet 5 Great Jazz Tracks

Although reading is a largely visual task (albeit in practice and not in the sense of a picture),...
Excerpts
May 11 2016

The Defense: Audio Excerpt

The Defense by Steve Cavanagh follows Eddie Flynn, a former con artist turned lawyer that finds...
Blogs
May 11 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 10, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
May 11 2016

I Let You Go: New Excerpt

I Let You Go by Jenna Gray follows a mother trying to live with the guilt of the loss of her child...