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February 21 2018

Judging a Book by Its Covers: The Evolution of a Book’s Cover Through Time

People love a vintage car. A classic Mustang, a cherry Corvette. So why don’t they just keep the same body style and make them year after year? Because the only thing people like more than...
February 20 2018

Cover Reveal: An Act of Villainy by Ashley Weaver

Witty, stylish, and cleverly plotted, the Edgar Award-nominated Amory Ames series follows husband and wife sleuthing duo Amory and her playboy husband Milo, as they solve mysteries in the glamorous...
October 25 2017

Cover Reveal: Caged by Ellison Cooper

Caged by Ellison Cooper is a gripping thriller debut for fans of Kathy Reichs, Thomas Harris, and Patricia Cornwell. FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair hunts for evil in the deepest recesses of...
October 19 2017

Cover Reveal: Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe. Emma Grace...
June 9 2017

Cover Reveal: The Lawn Job by Chuck Caruso

The Lawn Job by Chuck Caruso is an edgy neo-noir novel that follows the downward spiral of a two-time loser with poor impulse control.  Ex-con man Craig Collins is scratching a living...
May 16 2017

Cover Reveal: Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

Intense obsession... Illicit attraction... Watch Me by Jody Gehrman presents a world where what you desire may be the most dangerous thing of all (available January 23, 2018). Enjoy Crminal...
April 24 2017

Cover Reveal: Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Glass Houses will be the 13th novel in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Pre-order your copy today! When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold...
October 26 2016

A Series of Covers: Q&A between Charles Finch and David Rotstein

Often, the most tumultuous part of the publishing process is the creation of cover art. Responsible for hundreds of books a year, artists work tirelessly to create the perfect image to represent...
October 20 2016

Naked Ambition: Evolution of a Book Cover

I sat down with Brad Latham, a fabulous designer and my creative director at Leader’s Edge magazine, to generate ideas for the cover of my thriller, Naked Ambition. We shifted gears several...
June 29 2016

Cover Reveal: Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith is a rare find—a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted psychological thriller (Available March 2017). Mia Haas has built a life for herself far from...
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...
March 6 2014

The Agatha of my Youth: Collecting Christie

Here’s how it commenced: One night when I was twelve, maybe thirteen, I caught the film Ten Little Indians on TV. It was the 1965 version, not the best (see 1945’s Then There were None)...
February 28 2014

The Rap Sheet’s Cover Contest: Judging These Books By Their Covers

When J. Kingston Pierce of     The Rap Sheet   brought back the crime cover contest this year, we were delighted—so here's more from him, including a chance to share...
September 6 2013

The Malfeasance Occasional’s Girl Trouble Is Nigh!

14 short crime stories on a theme are collected in the inaugural “Girl Trouble” e-issue of Criminal Element's Malfeasance Occasional (available September 24th, 2013). Tender-hearted,...
Charles Ardai
June 4 2013

The Carny Novel Calls. Lucky Thing It Also Emails.

What is a carny novel? At its simplest it’s a book set in the midways and tents of a traveling carnival, which isn’t quite the same as (but is a close cousin to) a circus, a medicine show,...
March 23 2013

Georges Simenon and Maigret Without Regrets

I’ve always found Police Inspector Jules Maigret to be a comfortable, comforting specimen of sleuth—comfortable in his own skin, comforting in his routines. Spawned in 1931 by Belgium-born...
September 24 2012

Cover Reveal! The Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble

The entries were fabulous, but we can only have one cover, and the honor goes to Brian Rau! We will have a masthead, too, but Brian’s design will be the main part of the Malfeasance Occasional’s...
September 7 2012

The Girl Trouble Cover . . . Vote Now!

The first volume of the Malfeasance Occasional will be out in December, but we’re already hard at work and we’re putting you to work, too! Below you will see five very different possible...
September 6 2012

What is Hidden Behind Invisible Country?

Annamaria Alfieri’s Invisible Country is a wonderful mystery set in Paraguay in the mid-1800s. If you are curious about the book, you can check out the Invisible Country Fresh Meat. The book...
July 27 2012

Eight Times Stranger with Steve Hamilton’s New Thriller

Die a Stranger is Steve Hamilton’s newest Alex McKnight novel, and it’s thrilling. The book opens with a plane secretly landing on a remote, abandoned air strip in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,...
July 26 2012

A New Golden Age for Genre?

You know, it may have something to do with that dark, avenging spider, but superheroes are back in a big way this summer. In fact, it seems that all genre across the board is seeing a bit of resurgence....
July 24 2012

Gentleman Jack Shows How Cease and Desist is Done!

Jack Daniels has sent the finest cease and desist letter we can remember seeing, along with an offer to help a (presumably starving) author remedy the problem that attracted its legal attention in the...
July 16 2012

Undercover Sweepstakes with Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews!

Note from the hijackers HQ: Art director David Rotstein has been sharing the ideas and processes behind book cover design on a Tumblr site—check out his previous posts on Gone Missing by...
November 9 2011

Pulp Fiction Reborn: Dime Crime on the Net

Long gone are the days of writers tapping away at an Underwood, unfiltered Lucky Strike hanging from the lip and a tumbler of whiskey acting as inspiration as they cranked out sordid tales by the dozen...
Charles Ardai
September 2 2011

Pulp in the Wild: Fans Take a Little Off the Top

In the heat of summer, you might take your favorite summer reading to the beach – if you lived in California, Hawaii, or the south of France.  If you’re in the middle of New York...
May 23 2011

Great Covers Cause Fabulous Papercuts

A beautiful cover must deliver a better quality papercut, because all of these hurt me with their greatness.  I buy lean, yellowed “vintage” paperbacks of all genres.  I like...
May 14 2011

Bar Noir Trilogy Part 2: Rome ‘an Halliday

Don't miss Part 1 and Part 3.   There I was, in my usual spot at the bar. Last stool, under the TV. I was there because I was on the outs. I figured some time in a neutral...
May 13 2011

Bar Noir Trilogy Part 1: Raising Kanes

Don't miss Part 2 and  Part 3.   Shots in the night. No, not the usual kind, the ones that come from a .38. I’m talkin’ the other kind: straight shots...
May 8 2011

Judging Books By Their Covers

Two of my great loves are reading and eating.  I find both very satisfying and, with the exception of sleeping, I’d rather do either of them than just about anything else.  When I approach...
Charles Ardai
April 25 2011

From the “Hard Case” Files: Pursuing Pulp’s Heroes

Back in 2004, Max Phillips and I launched a labor-of-love project we called Hard Case Crime, intended to revive the style of the great old paperback crime novels of the 1940s and 50s.   We...