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Jul 25 2017 3:00pm

Is it Crime Fiction or Science Fiction?

Fair warning, the following contains a discussion of the “g” word: genre. I know, it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

I used to not worry or care about genre—or rather, I thought I didn’t. All I knew was that the books I liked were on the big shelves at the back of the store. So long as you pointed me in that general direction, I’d be perfectly happy to browse and read and turn up an hour or so later at the register with a cart absolutely heaving with books.

Of course, by “the big shelves at the back of the store,” I really meant the science fiction and fantasy section. But SFF isn’t the only genre to have its own dedicated section in any decent bookstore. There’s another genre, one whose audience and reach actually far eclipses SFF. This genre isn’t consigned to the ghetto at the back of the store. This genre demands attention, front and center. We’re talking face-out displays you can see across the street.

We’re talking the big hitter: crime fiction.

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Jul 20 2017 10:00am

Adam Christopher Excerpt: Killing Is My Business

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Killing Is My Business by Adam ChristopherKilling Is My Business by Adam Christopher is the second book in the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series (available July 25, 2017).

Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape and assignment for intrepid PI-turned-hitman—and last robot left in working order—Raymond Electromatic. But his skills may be rustier than he remembered in Killing Is My Business, the latest in Christopher's robot noir oeuvre, hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.


Listen to this:

Vaughan Delaney was a planner for the city of Los Angeles. He occupied a position high enough up the ladder that entitled him to an office at an equally high altitude in a tall building downtown that was home to a number of other local government desks. The office came with a salary that was high for a city employee but nothing to write a favorite uncle about, and a view that was simply to die for.

[Read an excerpt from Killing Is My Business...]

Jun 16 2016 2:00pm

Two-Part Q&A between Adam Christopher and Renee Patrick

Read this exclusive two-part Q&A between Adam Christopher, author of Made to Kill, and Renee Patrick, the married writing team of Rosemarie and Vince Keenan who authored Design for Dying, and then make sure you're signed in and comment for a chance to win a copy of both of their latest books!

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Feb 12 2015 4:00pm

Dynamic Duos: TV’s Best Crime-Fighting Parterships

The crime/mystery genre has a mighty fine—and very long—history on the small screen, the genre and its myriad forms a solid, even primary, fixture of television schedules. Indeed, it’s not hard to reel off a list of famous series that are not just good crime shows, but which shine as some of the greatest examples of the dramatic form. Form. The ongoing popularity of crime/mystery shows is, I think, a testament to the storytelling strength of the genre—while some say it is science fiction that best enables us to reflect on our ourselves, our societies, and cultures, I would argue that crime, mysteries and thrillers are just as valuable for exploring what it is that makes us, as humans, tick.

A classic character combo in mystery stories is the crime-fighting duo, and this is a list of my five favourite pairings.

Batman and Robin (Batman: The Animated Series; Fox, 1992—1995)

I’m serious. Batman is the world’s greatest detective, remember? After all, he first appeared in a periodical called Detective Comics. Okay, he’s a bit… unorthodox, shall we say, but perhaps dressing up in a bat costume to terrify criminals before he beats them up is a perfectly logical endpoint for someone whose life was shattered when his parents were murdered in front of him in (wait for it) Crime Alley.

[Talk about ominous...]

Jan 13 2015 11:30am

Elementary: The Ghost Line: New Excerpt

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Elementary: The Ghost Line by Adam Christopher finds Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson deep underground as they navigate NYC's cavernous tunnels in search of answers (available February 24, 2015).

This exclusive excerpt is reprinted by arrangement with Titan Books. All rights reserved.

Summons to a bullet-riddled body in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?

The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them...


Some Velvet Morning

The man turned into West 49th Street from 8th Avenue and paused at the corner to swap the heavy plastic grocery bag from one hand to the other. It was early—damn early, he thought—the sky still a deep, cool velvet blue, the dawn just bruising the eastern horizon through the narrow corridor of tall Manhattan buildings behind him. He was bundled up against the chill, his coat old and worn but comfortable, a long-favored scarf wrapped around the lower half of his face. Shaking the circulation back into the hand that had been carrying the groceries all the way from the Duane Reade on the corner of Broadway and West 57th, the man continued on his way toward his apartment in a less fashionable backwater of Hell’s Kitchen.

[Continue reading Elementary: The Ghost Line...]

Dec 27 2011 10:30am

Empire State: New Excerpt

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Adam Christopher’s Empire StateAn exclusive excerpt of Adam Christopher’s new, alternate-history New York noir, Empire State.

The Empire State is the other New York. A parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple, a place where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes that once kept the streets safe have fallen into dysfunctional rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York . . . until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants.

Chapter 1

Jerome gunned the accelerator, and turned sharp left. Rex slid on the bench seat, but grabbed the leather strap dangling over his door fast enough to stop him landing in the driver’s lap. Jerome whistled, knuckles white as they gripped the wheel. Rex looked over his shoulder. He sure as hell hoped Jerome knew where he was going.

“For cryin’ out loud!” Rex winced as his head met the roof of the car, the thin felt of his hat providing little protection as Jerome pushed two wheels over the curb to dodge oncoming traffic.

“Complain later, boss. Keep yer head down and hold on.” Jerome’s eyes didn’t leave the road. Rex frowned and hunkered down in the seat, gripping the top edge with both hands as he turned to look out the back. Two crates of green bottles rattled in the back seat under Rex’s nose as Jerome navigated the wet streets as fast as he dared.

Rex squinted, trying to see through the smattering of rain on the car’s tiny rear window, but the droplets of water seemed to pull the light of the city in, refracting it into a thousand glowing, multicoloured points. The car shuddered against the gutter as Jerome swerved around another obstacle, throwing up a huge steam-like spray of runoff, obscuring the view even more.

“What’s the deal?” Jerome asked.

Rex relaxed his grip and turned back around. Jerome was leaning over the wheel, his keen, experienced eyes picking out the path ahead in the downtown traffic. It was late, but New Yorkers had a well-known disregard for the time of day. Jerome was doing a fine job threading the boat-sized Studebaker through the maze of cars, but surely their luck was going to run out. Somehow they’d managed to avoid the police, but they’d be spotted sooner rather than later. Evading one pursuer was possible; add two, three, four cop cars and the odds shortened, and not in their favour.

[Read the complete, exclusive excerpt of chapters 1-3 of Empire State]