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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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July 2 2015

Summer TV: A Digital Tour of Europe

I hate watching reruns of mystery and crime TV shows I’ve already seen—it’s...
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July 1 2015

Fresh Meat: One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler

One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler is a thriller that opens aboard a luxury yacht where a woman...
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June 30 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — Push (2009)

By now, Chris Evans is a bona fide Hollywood star. Everyone knows his name and face, and he's...
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June 29 2015

True Detective 2.02: “Night Finds You”

“We get the world we deserve.” – Ray Velcoro After so much dense setup...
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June 29 2015

Careers: Passion for Execution? Willing to Relocate?

No, they don't mean the usual corporate-speak kind of “execution.” Saudi Arabia...
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June 27 2015

Fresh Meat: Elimination by Ed Gorman

Elimination by Ed Gorman is the final political thriller in the Dev Conrad series where the investigator...
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June 24 2015

Fresh Meat: The Assassins by Gayle Lynds

The Assassins by Gayle Lynds is a thriller where six international assassins, each assembled from...
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June 24 2015

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight...
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June 23 2015

Now Win This!: Beach Bag Sweepstakes

Safe from sand and spray, readable in bright sun, paperbacks are vacation faves, and we've...
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June 23 2015

Fresh Meat: Devil’s Harbor by Alex Gilly

Devil's Harbor by Alex Gilly follows Nick Finn, a California Customs and Border agent wrongly...
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June 22 2015

10 of the Best Noir Novels of the 21st Century

Here we are, fifteen years into a new century, and many authors are churning out noir novels as essential...
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June 22 2015

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!

  Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity...
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June 19 2015

Fresh Meat: What Doesn’t Kill Her by Carla Norton

What Doesn't Kill Her by Carla Norton is the 2nd psychological thriller featuring U.C. Berkley...
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June 16 2015

Fresh Meat: The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells

The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells is the 4th paranormal thriller featuring a teenaged sociopath...
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June 9 2015

Now Win This!: Top Cop Sweepstakes

These cops might be super troopers, but there will certainly be no shenanigans. If you want to...
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June 9 2015

Never 8-Legged Chickens, No Matter How Delicious

KFC is a powerful brand in China, and that's why they're suing over the mutant-freak-bird...
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June 8 2015

The Ripliad: A Sexagennial with Patricia Highsmith’s Charming Monster

In 1955, the most notorious of Patricia Highsmith’s creations, Tom Ripley, entered her...
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June 8 2015

"In Your Face, Neil Armstrong: New Trailer for The Martian

When a fierce storm all but dooms a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed...
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June 5 2015

Big Rock in Little China?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks to star in a remake of 1986's Big Troube in...
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June 3 2015

Now That You’ve Watched Daredevil, Read These Comics

Daredevil’s thirteen-episode season was a non-stop crime noir thrill ride populated by...
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June 1 2015

Fresh Meat: Stay by Victor Gischler

Stay by Victor Gischler is a thriller about a stay-at-home dad who must juggle his home life with...
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May 30 2015

Orson Welles at 100: The Trial (1962)

I think the chief accomplishment of Orson Welles’s The Trial is that it so fully traps us in...
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May 29 2015

Sunday, High Noon...Quiz Showdown at BookCon!

This Sunday, May 31st at noon, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time Quiz Show with authors Jane Cleland,...
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May 29 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!

At 11:59p.m. The M.O. submissions close. If your “Wishful Thinking” is still castles in...
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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...