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February 12 2016

Happy Birthday to the Most Famous Lawyer/Thriller-Writer In History (It’s Not Who You Think)

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Who’s the most famous lawyer-author of all time? Nope, not John Grisham. Here are...
Blogs
February 11 2016

False Starts: A Memoir of San Quentin and Other Prisons by Malcolm Braly

Previously, I wrote an appreciation of Malcolm Braly’s 1961 prison novel Felony Tank as...
Blogs
February 10 2016

Man Tosses Live Gator at Wendy’s Cashier

A man who allegedly tossed a gator through a Wendy's drive-thru window has finally been taken...
Blogs
February 5 2016

Funeral Crashers: Woman Shows up to Her Own Funeral

Ghosts may not be real in the paranormal sense of a spirit world interacting with our own—however,...
Blogs
February 3 2016

Man Attempts To Sell Drugs... In a Courtroom

A not-so-bright Pennsylvania man is accused of trying to sell drugs at a court hearing. Yup. CBS...
Blogs
January 21 2016

True Crime Thursday: Revisiting The Stranger She Loved

They say, “There's no such thing as the perfect murder.” Well, in the case of...
Blogs
January 20 2016

The ZINNG: Christie’s Mysteries

Christie's Mysteries Agatha Christie, beloved author of 66 detective novels and creator...
Blogs
January 19 2016

Breaking Point: Exclusive Q&A with Author Suzy Spencer

Suzy Spencer is the author of the book Breaking Point, which deals with the case of Andrea Yates—the...
Blogs
January 12 2016

11 “Facts” About Lizzie Borden Debunked

Lizzie Borden took an axe, Gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She...
Excerpts
January 3 2016

Thirty-Eight Witnesses: New Excerpt

Thirty-Eight Witnesses by A.M. Rosenthal is the chilling, true story of the brutal murder of Catherine...
Blogs
December 11 2015

Bill Murray and the Wu-Tang Clan: The Perfect Crime

At this point, we all know Martin Shkreli as the price-hiking, pharmaceutical bad-boy that recently...
Blogs
December 1 2015

Now Win This!: I Cannot Tell a Lie Sweepstakes

No cherry trees here, just a chance to win 9 great books! Click here to enter for a chance...
Blogs
November 24 2015

The ZINNG: “You Like Me! You Really Like Me!”

No Sex in the Reading Room – Sometimes, there are no words available to describe the passion...
Excerpts
November 18 2015

Crooked Brooklyn: New Excerpt

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Crooked Brooklyn by Michael Vecchione and Jerry Schmetterer is a harrowing, true tale of the chief...
Blogs
November 17 2015

Now Win This!: Give Up the Ghost Sweepstakes

Are you dying for some new books? Well, Give up the Ghost and register to win! Click here...
Blogs
November 6 2015

The Wasp Woman Murder: The Death of Susan Cabot

Many of the elements of my first novel The Drowning Ground are based around killers I have researched...
Excerpts
October 15 2015

Tangled Vines: Exclusive Excerpt

Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel is a true account the greed, murder, obsession, and arsonist...
Blogs
October 7 2015

166 Years After His Death, Test Your Poe Q!

Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, and no one knows how. But a much more important mystery surrounds...
Blogs
October 1 2015

Killer Nashville’s 2015 Silver Falchion Finalists Announced: Vote Now!

Killer Nashville has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Silver Falchion Readers...
Excerpts
September 30 2015

Lockdown on Rikers: New Excerpt

Lockdown on Rikers by Mary E. Buser tells the shocking stories of abuse and injustice at New York's...
Blogs
September 23 2015

Law & Order v.s. Lockdown: The Truth Behind Rikers Island

As a former mental health chief at New York City’s Rikers Island, I watch TV crime dramas...
Blogs
September 23 2015

TBR Confessions: A Blue Labyrinth, 55 Heroes, and Magic

Do you have TBR Confessions to share? Don't keep them a secret! Give us the nod on 3 to 5 books...
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September 18 2015

The ZINNG: Real-life Lies, Pirates, and Betram’s Hotel

A tip of the stetson to Bill Crider for this list of 10 famous works of fiction based on real crimes....
Blogs
September 8 2015

The ZINNG: Criminal Minds, Machine Gun Kelly, and Cary Fukunaga

Earlier this week, we brought out an exclusive excerpt of Joe Urshel's new true-crime thriller...
Excerpts
September 5 2015

The Year of Fear: New Excerpt

The Year of Fear by Joe Urshel is a true-crime recap of the thrilling manhunt for Machine Gun Kelly...
Blogs
September 5 2015

The ZINNG: Litterbook, Convention Prep, and Literary Feasts

Who threw over 600 books in total from his vehicle onto Colorado highways—would you believe...
Blogs
September 3 2015

The ZINNG: Women Crime Writers, Poisoned Poe, and a Killer Whale

Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s is a box set of work by Dorothy...
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September 1 2015

Now Win This!: Murder in the First Sweepstakes

The jury has spoken, and these nine tales are guilty of murder! Enjoy life behind bars! Click...
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August 28 2015

The ZINNG: Stephen King, OITNB, and Ulysses

Stephen King reflects on the perceived successes of a busy writer in an op-ed to The New York...
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August 28 2015

TBR Confessions: Jungle Warfare, Nazi Rebellion, and Killer Clowns

My TBR Confessions include a harrowing retelling of World War II’s Pacific Theater, a grass-roots...