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December 7 2017

Watch the Official Trailer for Netflix’s Upcoming True Crime Docuseries Wormwood

Biological warfare. LSD. CIA conspiracies. Netflix’s upcoming true crime documentary has all this and more. Directed by the legendary Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line), Wormwood deals...
June 21 2016

How Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Has Changed

One night, after working on a murder mystery that was going nowhere, I toyed with the idea of starting an espionage thriller series. Along with tossing around possible locations and when the action...
May 26 2016

Now Win This!: True Crime Thursday Sweepstakes

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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. It's full of femme fatales, debonair secret agents, car chases, and equal parts gunfire and...
April 5 2016

Q&A with Doug Laux, Former CIA Case Officer and Author of Left of Boom

Read this exclusive Q&A with Doug Laux, author of Left of Boom, and then make sure you're signed in and comment for a chance to win a copy of this harrowing tale of how a CIA case officer...
February 16 2016

Cover Reveal: First Strike by Ben Coes

First Strike by Ben Coes is the 6th thriller in the Dewey Andreas series where ISIS troops invade U.S. soil and take 500 college students hostage. Pre-order your copy today! (Available June, 28...
February 12 2015

The Americans 3.03: “Open House”

“Open House” had all the elements we’ve come to expect from The Americans: car chases, marital maneuverings, Rezidentura intrigue, and another intimate, cringe-worthy scene of...
September 14 2014

Mossad as Superspy: Is the Myth Slipping?

I’ve run across an interesting piece by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at Bangor (UK) University, on The Conversation website (“a collaboration between editors and academics...
July 11 2014

North Korea Complains to the U.N. About The Interview

Sometimes a movie sparks controvery, but rarely is that controversy taken to such as international scale. The Interview, which hits theaters October 10, 2014, focuses on two bumbling men—one,...
May 6 2014

Now Win This!: Four Knaves Sweepstakes

You bet we've got four knaves for you: Jimmy, Moe, Alex... and, uh, Dismas? This handful of trouble includes fresh titles from Johnny Shaw, Reed Farrel Coleman, Marc Guggenheim, and John Lescroart—such...
November 19 2013

The Death of JFK, Part 3: Where We Stand 50 Years Later

Read here for Part 1: Five Things We Now Know and Part 2: Trigger, Trigger! Who Pulled the Trigger?   Continuing... At 50 years, I’m not sure where we stand. Yes, we have...
November 15 2013

The Death of JFK, Part 1: Five Things We Now Know

The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination is quickly approaching on November 22nd.  And we’ve already been subjected to panel discussions, new books, letters...
October 17 2013

Fresh Meat: Ask Not by Max Allan Collins

Ask Not by Max Allan Collins is historical fiction, the third novel in the Nathan Heller JFK Trilogy preceded by Bye Bye, Baby, and Target Lancer (available October 22, 2013).   It’s...
October 17 2013

No Arm Chair Quarterback: Trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

It's been a while since Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has appeared on the big screen. The last time was 2002's Sum of All Fears, and I must admit, I was disappointed in Ben Affleck's Ryan....
July 2 2013

Fresh Meat: The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer

The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer is an espionage thriller about a retiring CIA operative who finds himself at war with cartels, the Russians, and even his agency (available in new U.S. reprint...
May 24 2013

The Purrrr-fect Spy: Operation Acoustic Kitty

There’s a lot of justifiable worry over the government’s use of drones in civilian populations, with even some police forces investigating the idea of using them in their day-to-day work....
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 27 2013

Fresh Meat: Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen

Blood Makes Noise, the debut novel by Gregory Widen, is an action-packed thriller based on the events before and after the death of Eva Perón (available April 30, 2013). It’s hard to...
April 21 2013

Fresh Meat: The Bleiberg Project by David Khara

The Bleiberg Project by David Khara, translated from the French by Simon John, is a best-selling international thriller in its first English-language edition (available April 30, 2013.) A Mossad...
February 17 2013

Spying on Spies

We all know the CIA, the KGB (FSB), the BND, the NSA. Acronyms for some of the world’s top intelligence agencies, they bring certain images to mind, whether it’s men in trench coats...
February 15 2013

Where in the World?: Thailand Makes for Perfect Crime Film Backdrop

When it comes to eye-popping landscapes and city streets that evoke exotic, deadly intrigue, Hollywood’s go-to country for Asian locations may very well be Thailand. The kingdom boasts a...
December 5 2012

Careful with that Pooper Scooper!

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., has some incredible listening devices and transmitters in its collection: bugs that were planted in fake tree trunks, children’s toys, picture...
October 15 2012

Homeland: Episode 02.03 “State of Independence”

We all know how TV drama plots generally work: one step forward, two steps back. Both Carrie and Brody’s stories this week had a circular nature that seemed to be following that model—and...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
October 4 2012

Where’s Wallander? He’s in Moscow with Jack Ryan

Kenneth Branagh, minus his stubble and scruffy Kurt Wallander togs, was photographed last week in Moscow on the set of Jack Ryan, a new thriller based on Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst hero. Sir Kenneth...
October 2 2012

Fresh Meat: Spy in a Little Black Dress by Maxine Kenneth

Spy in a Little Black Dress by Maxine Kenneth is the second book in the spy cozy series featuring Jacqueline Kennedy in her career as a spy before becoming first lady (available October 2, 2012). When...
September 10 2012

The Bin Laden Conspiracy

They called it Operation Neptune Spear. Ordered by President Barack Obama, planned by the CIA and carried out by Navy SEALs, it resulted in the death of the most wanted man on the planet. Or did it? I’m...
May 22 2012

Now Win This!: Chase Brandon’s The Cryptos Conundrum

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December 9 2011

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

Probably because they are. In the latest news from Big Brother, Georgia Tech reveals a security research project called PRODIGAL—the Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and...
December 7 2011

Michael Fassbender Gets His Butt Kicked by a Woman

It’s been a while since we discussed the forthcoming movie Haywire, starring MMA fighter Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas. But...
December 5 2011

Fresh Meat: Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs

For Cliff St. James, the hard-hitting PI (literally: he dabbles in mixed martial arts on the side) in Kovacs’s debut, life has a dividing line. There’s before the Storm and after. Since he...
November 21 2011

My Lost Weekend—Sucked into Homeland

So last week, Tara Gelsomino posted here on Criminal Element about Homeland on Showtime. I’d never heard of the show before, but her recap sounded so fascinating I thought I’d give it a shot. ...