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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 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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May 17 2016

Richard Stark and Parker: Thick as Thieves

“When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man.” -Richard Stark,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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),...
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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...
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May 9 2016

5 Things I’ve Learned Writing Mysteries and Thrillers

A lot of research goes into my novels in order to make them believable. Beyond making sure the...
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May 9 2016

Wallander 4.01: “The White Lioness” Episode Review

The final series of Wallander on Masterpiece Mystery has an uncharacteristic start. For one thing,...
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May 9 2016

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed—RED / RED 2

Hollywood tells us that the world of espionage is glamorous, dangerous, sexy, and unpredictable....
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May 6 2016

Discount: The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron

In anticipation of Widowmaker by Paul Doiron (Available June 14, 2016)—the 7th Mike Bowditch...
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May 5 2016

Psycho Gets the Andy Warhol Treatment

What have you done, mother!? Is there a more iconic scene than the shower stabbing in Alfred Hitchcock’s...
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May 4 2016

Investigation of a Citizen

An attractive young woman smiles at a man through her apartment window. Once he’s in her...
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May 4 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 3, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
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May 3 2016

Prolonged Parker: Slow Burn by Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn by Ace Atkins is the newest Spenser novel, where Boston PI Spenser...
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May 3 2016

Discount: The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff

Four decades after Typhoid Mary went to her grave, five curious graduate students struggle to escape...
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May 2 2016

Q&A with Dan Newman, Author of The Clearing

Dan Newman spent most of his life traveling and writing. Now, fortunately for us, some of those...
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April 29 2016

My Inspiration for Soho Honey

Soho Honey by A.W. Rock takes place over three weeks in November and unfolds against the multi-cultural...
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April 29 2016

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

The Series: Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona (and others, including Joss Whedon). The...
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April 28 2016

Mad About Norman: The Enduring Appeal of Psycho

Horror audiences take so much for granted. So many of the monsters, tropes, and scenarios of...
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April 28 2016

Discount: Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

In anticipation of Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall (Available May 31, 2016), get the 1st Detective...
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April 27 2016

The Many Enemies of Eve Duncan

Eve Duncan has made a lot of enemies over the years. She’s faced the worst of the worst,...
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April 27 2016

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong is the 1st Casey Duncan Novel, introducing Casey Duncan—a...
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April 27 2016

Who Will Win the Edgar Award for “Best Novel”?

The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of...