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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.

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May 26 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Crimefest Awards Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners from Crimefest 2015, which took place in Bristol, U.K....
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May 26 2015

Now Win This!: Don’t Blow It Sweepstakes

That's it. Everything is up to you. And you better not mess it up, otherwise you'll never...
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May 26 2015

Orson Welles at 100: Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil is one of the great pieces of cinematic trash. It’s...
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May 22 2015

Fresh Meat: The Storm Murders by John Farrow

The Storm Murders by John Farrow is the first procedural thriller in a planned trilogy featuring the...
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May 22 2015

Cremains of the Day: A Digital Version of a Deceased Self

In the future, mourners may interact with beloved deceased through virtual reality. Project Elysium...
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May 20 2015

Orson Welles at 100: The Third Man (1949)

Joseph Cotten holds a peculiar place in movie history. He was a charismatic and bankable movie...
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May 18 2015

Fresh Meat: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton is a standalone mystery about a mother who, three years after her...
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May 13 2015

Fresh Meat: Boxes by Pascal Garnier

Boxes by Pascal Garnier is a work of noir fiction about a French man who goes through with moving...
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May 12 2015

Now Win This!: The Disappearing Act Sweepstakes

Now you see it, now you don't! Turn away for one second and you'll miss it! Don't...
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May 12 2015

Cremains of the Day: Sex and Death from the Netherlands

“Sex and death” is a phrase with more resonance when you put Marvin Gaye on the iPod and...
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May 11 2015

Familiar Yet Foreign Noir: The Late Show

The opening of Robert Benton’s private eye film The Late Show is chock-full of deception. We...
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May 10 2015

Fresh Meat: Trauma by Michael and Daniel Palmer

Trauma by Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer is a medical thriller about a neurosurgical resident, who,...
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May 9 2015

Fresh Meat: Blood Ties by Nicholas Guild

Blood Ties by Nicholas Guild is a thriller pitting San Francisco homicide detective Ellen Ridley against...
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May 8 2015

Showdown to Fun: High Noon at BookCon with Us!

On May 31st at noon, during BookCon at NYC's Javits Center, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time...
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May 7 2015

Announcing 2015’s Anthony Award Nominees!

This week in awards season brings the Anthony Award nominations, to be conferred during Bouchercon,...
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May 6 2015

Fresh Meat: Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin

Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin is a debut crime novel about a disgraced big-city cop who learns...
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May 5 2015

Gotham Season Finale: 1.22: “All Happy Families Are Alike”

It started, as the Batman legend does, with the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne in front of...
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May 5 2015

In Memoriam: Ruth Rendell

Over the weekend, we (and everyone else) noted the death of crime writer Ruth Rendell at the age of...
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May 4 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!

Over the weekend at Malice Domestic, the following nominated works (and their authors) won the Agatha...
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April 30 2015

2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather

Once a year, the mystery writing community reaches critical mass in a place filled with the greatest...
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April 30 2015

True Crime Thursday: Missing!

What's missing this True Crime Thursday? An art dealer's head, a Florida toddler and the maternal...
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April 28 2015

Gotham: 1.21 “The Anvil or the Hammer”

I know, a lot happened last night on Gotham, particularly the gang war set up for the finale...
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April 28 2015

Now Win This!: Global Getaway Sweepstakes

It's time to pack your bags and escape away from everything in these eight global getaways....
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April 24 2015

From the Bleeding Heart of Fandom: A Buffy Confab with Dana Cameron, Charlaine Harris, and Toni L. P. Kelner

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This fannish confab about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Dana Cameron, Charlaine Harris, and...
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April 21 2015

A Case of Place: What TV’s American Horror Story Taught Me About My New Orleans

This post, about how a scenery-chewing TV series rekindled one New Orleans crime author's...
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April 20 2015

The Gadgetless and Tired Assassin: James Bond’s Short Stories

Every so often the caretakers of the James Bond movie franchise talk about getting back to author...
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April 17 2015

Letter from Lyon: At 2015’s Quais du Polar

The Quais Du Polar is the largest crime fiction festival in France, and that’s saying a lot,...
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April 17 2015

The M.O.’s Long Gone Selection: “Fix Me”

We're proud to present “Fix Me” by S.W. Lauden, the first crime fiction selection...
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April 11 2015

Fresh Meat: The Missing Piece by Kevin Egan

The Missing Piece by Kevin Egan is a legal thriller set in NYC about a piece of treasure that goes...
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April 9 2015

The Americans 3.11: “One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov”

Phew! For the first time in weeks, nobody on The Americans was lit on fire, no one was stuffed...