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Mark Alpert
March 12 2015

A Glimpse of Hemingway: Visiting the Windemere Cottage

My fifteen-year-old son is reading Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories for his high-school English class. He started with “Indian Camp,” the story in which Nick and his father...
January 19 2015

The Lowdown Calendar of 2015’s Biggest Mystery Conventions

Mystery conventions are a great way to find new mystery-loving friends and hear directly from your favorite authors – and maybe even meet some of them. All of these conventions feature keynote...
October 3 2014

Villains in Fact and Fiction

The world changed seismically for thrillers on 9/11.  All of a sudden, the dastardly plots and cunning villains that had been a staple of the genre dating back to Ian Fleming had been outdone...
July 15 2014

Thrillerfest IX: Sights, Sounds, and Sweepstakes

Thrillerfest IX finished up a long weekend of seminars and panels with its annual ITW Thriller Awards, with Andrew Pyper's The Demonologist winning Best Hardcover Novel. But Thrillerfest isn't...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 6 2014

2014’s Edgar Awards: A Grand Night for Books

I considered titling this post “The Night I Hugged John Connolly,” but that might sound like I’m showing off. So I’ll begin my recap of the 68th annual Edgar Awards gala...
December 11 2013

The Creacher Returns: Tom Cruise Filming Jack Reacher Sequel

In not-surprising-in-the-least news, Tom Cruise is set to return as Lee Child's silent but intimidating hero, Jack Reacher in a sequel to 2012's Jack Reacher. This new film is reported...
October 10 2013

Writing a Lee Child Novel in 8 Foolproof Steps

Lee Child is one of the best thriller writers, period, and one of my favorite authors. After 18 novels, even Child isn't immune from repeating himself a smidge. It's like a Bond movie: there...
February 18 2013

Fan Favorites: Mystery Conventions

Mystery conventions (aka conferences) can be a great way to meet some of your favorite authors and to find kindred crime fiction friends. There are so many different fan conventions to choose from,...
December 21 2012

Rules Are for Breaking: Crime Fiction’s Renegades

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “renegade” as an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior. Crime fiction no matter what medium—movies, TV, or books—is...
Crime HQ
October 9 2012

Overheard: Bouchercon Honorees Have Books to Die For...and So Can You!

Bouchercon is a guaranteed good time. Seriously. Even if you never leave the bar and spend all your time listening to conversations, you’re bound to meet up with some great people and hear some...
June 28 2012

Cruise in Control: First Shot of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

It is perhaps one of the most dubious casting choices Hollywood has recently made. You could say that it has sparked a bit of a debate here at Criminal Element; one that we have even revisited...
Crime HQ
June 8 2012

Now Win This!: A Ticket to Bouchercon

Sorry, this sweepstakes has ended. Stay tuned on our Sweepstakes page for more offers! Click here to register for a chance to win! October 4–7 the mystery community will...
Crime HQ
May 30 2012

Nibbling on Reacher, Hatfield, and Starling

We’ve got a few nibbles of news to share: 1) They’re not calling the new movie based upon Lee Child’s novels One Shot anymore. They’re calling it Jack Reacher. Makes sense to us. Star Tom...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 27 2012

2012 Edgar Awards: The Glamorous Side of Crime

Authors aren’t used to being gawked at. But gather them together in a fancy ballroom and something magical happens: You soon discover that they gawk at each other. “Isn’t that Linda Fairstein?”...
December 13 2011

What Is Noir?

“So,” said the lovely dame sitting next to me, “what really is Noir?” Smiled as she said it. Like she knew she was setting me up. A level of mirth on par with seeing me nude...
Crime HQ
November 27 2011

Does Jack Reacher Have Bad Sex?

If you’re not familiar with the Bad Sex in Literature Awards, you’re missing out. Every year, the Literary Review (U.K.) selects some of the worst-written sex scenes in literature and excerpts them...
Crime HQ
November 20 2011

RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Nominees

Romantic Times (RT) has announced the nominees for its annual Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and in the Mystery Suspense & Thriller categories, the shortlists have set them a difficult task!  Contemporary...
October 26 2011

Outlaw Josey Reacher? What Cruise and Child are Saying

Tom Cruise is curently on location in Pittsburgh for One Shot, the first Jack Reacher movie, a high-budget blockbuster to hit theaters in February of 2013.  The actor was recently interviewed...
October 1 2011

Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs. Baddest Thriller Heroes: The Championship!

If you haven’t been playing along, you might want to check out our Death Brackets feature page to get the lowdown on the contest and the participants along with how all the previous elimination rounds...
September 30 2011

Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs. Baddest Thriller Heroes: Semi-Finals

Of all the literary tough guys from mysteries and thrillers, who would win in a fight to the death? No rules. No referees. No bells. We outlined the contest in the Introduction and gave you the tale...
September 27 2011

Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs. Baddest Thriller Heroes: First Round, Part 1

If you’re not up to speed on the concept and the competitors, here’s where we set the rules and the brackets. Eight of the world’s best detectives versus eight spies, assassins and anti-heroes...
September 26 2011

Death Brackets: The Contest and The Contestants

Mysteries and thrillers, by nature, are populated by tough guys. Detectives who hunt down serial killers. Spies who uncover dangerous traitors. Assassins who take out the worst bad guys on the planet...
August 17 2011

Tom Cruise’s Reacher Meets Lovely Defense

Via Deadline, Rosamund Pike, whom you may remember as Jane Bennet in Pride & Predjudice, has been selected to play Helen Rodin, a defense attorney encoutered by Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) as he investigates...
August 16 2011

Portrait of the Reacher as a Young Man: Lee Child’s Second Son Novella

Can’t wait until end of September (when The Affair is released) for more hard-bitten Jack Reacher? The new Second Son novella, released yesterday, is a prequel to the Reacher we know (and love,...
Crime HQ
July 25 2011

Award Lee Child a Theakston’s Old Peculier

While some of the recent news surrounding Lee Child’s works has been met with, um, mixed reviews, fans should experience unabashed pleasure that he’s just won the 2011 award, his first, from...
July 21 2011

Joe Pike: Crime Fiction’s Toughest Vegetarian?

Can a vegetarian be tough? Strong? How about kick-ass? It’s been a few years since I ate meat. I’m often in the minority, so it doesn’t really surprise me when characters in crime fiction...
July 16 2011

Worst. Casting. Ever.: Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

All of us howled in agony at the news that Tom Cruise might be cast as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. Well, change that might into a has. That’s right. According to, Cruise is going...
July 11 2011

Somebody Stop Them: Wearing Out Series’ Welcome

I was not among the 218,000 first-day buyers of Janet Evanovich’s Smokin Seventeen. Sixteen was enough for me. In fact, eight was enough. Writing book after book with the same characters and gimmicks...
June 23 2011

Pick the Right Reacher: Your Top 5

On the heels of the announcement that Paramount had offered Tom Cruise the role of Jack Reacher, many fans of the novels were up in arms.  The noted actor didn’t quite fit their notions, based...
June 14 2011

Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher?!?

No way. NO WAY. Yesterday, word was leaked that Tom Cruise is in talks to play Lee Child’s iconic Jack Reacher in a film version of One Shot. To which we repeat: No way. Reacher,...