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December 18 2017

Discount: Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake is a harrowing thriller about a mysterious kidnapper who seems to not only want a family's three-year-old daughter but also to destroy their entire family in the process....
September 28 2017

The Business of Kidnapping: It’s More than Just a Ransom Note

Forget a ransom note showing up with words and letters cut from a newspaper, a gruff voice disguised over a late-night telephone call, the victim’s frazzled family rushing about to raise...
September 14 2017

Watch the Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Upcoming True Crime Drama, All the Money in the World

Ridley Scott may be more known for his supernatural space thrillers, but he’s no alien to true crime. His latest film, All the Money in the World, dramatizes the kidnapping of John Paul Getty...
August 22 2016

Trailer: Kidnap, Starring Halle Berry

“You took the wrong kid.” If the adrenaline of a mother’s love for her child can cause superhuman strength enough to lift a car, imagine what Halle Berry could do when she...
July 11 2016

The “Good Guys”

I’m obsessed with “good guys.” You know the ones—they’re actually bad but hiding in plain sight as “good.” “I know there are young men that...
May 9 2016

5 Things I’ve Learned Writing Mysteries and Thrillers

A lot of research goes into my novels in order to make them believable. Beyond making sure the details are accurate, some of the things I’ve learned are literal lifesavers and some are just...
July 10 2015

Fresh Meat: The Suspicion at Sanditon (Or, The Disappearance of Lady Denham) by Carrie Bebris

The Suspicion at Sanditon (Or, the Disappearance of Lady Denham) by Carrie Bebris is the 7th cozy addition to the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series set in the location of Jane Austen's final work...
June 19 2015

Fresh Meat: What Doesn’t Kill Her by Carla Norton

What Doesn't Kill Her by Carla Norton is the 2nd psychological thriller featuring U.C. Berkley student Reeve LeClaire, who is yanked back into her grim past when her old abductor escapes from a...
May 7 2015

True Crime Thursday: Thought Crimes, a Cannibal Cop, and the Marquis de Sade

You may recall the case of the baby-faced “Cannibal Cop,” Gilberto Valle III, who expressed fetishistic fantasies of killing, cooking, and consuming the flesh of women, including his wife....
April 18 2015

From Page to Screen with Ed McBain’s King’s Ransom and Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low

I’ve been a fan of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 suspense film High and Low since I saw it years ago. I just watched it again after my first read of the 87th Precinct novel it’s based...
January 12 2015

Pop Music Spells Freedom, Really, In Morse Code!

It's the story of a Columbian colonel, a Miami ad man, long-time hostages and the music of freedom. Colonel Espejo was running out of opportunities to rescue hostages held by the rural FARC, sometimes...
November 24 2014

Lost Classics of Noir: Whip Hand by W. Franklin Sanders (and/or Charles Willeford)

In case you’re confused by the author credit in the heading here, let me just say that I join you in your befuddlement. This 1961 noir novel was originally published as a Fawcett Gold Medal paperback...
November 23 2014

The Stand Alones: Laura Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere

This post kicks off a new series which will look at stand alone novels by mystery writers who are better known for their big time franchise characters. First up, we look at I’d Know You Anywhere...
October 22 2014

John Wayne Turned Cop: McQ and Brannigan

John Wayne (1907-1979), aka The Duke, remained a top ten box office draw for an impressive quarter of a century during which he was primarily known for Western roles in seminal productions like...
September 8 2014

The Honourable Woman: Trapped Inside the Feedback Loop

Like the Cold War, the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the dramatist’s gift that keeps on giving. Nowhere else can an author, screenwriter or filmmaker find such a stew of moral ambiguity,...
July 2 2014

From Page to Screen with Gone Baby Gone: Is the Book Always Better?

My only previous experience with Dennis Lehane was the movie version of Mystic River, but I was impressed by the story and as a result, Gone Baby Gone rose to the top of my to-be-read pile. The...
June 30 2014

Fresh Meat: Don’t Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams

Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams is the 3rd mystery featuring ex-FBI profiler, recovering alcoholic, and police consultant Keye Street (available July 1, 2014). Uncovering the...
June 17 2014

Fresh Meat: Cradle to Grave by Eleanor Kuhns

Cradle to Grave by Eleanor Kuhns is the third historical mystery featuring Will Rees, a Revolutionary War veteran braving a winter trek to New York with his wife to save a Shaker friend accused of murder...
April 20 2014

From Page to Screen with The Thin Man: Is the Book Always Better?

The movie version of The Thin Man (1934), written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich and directed by W.S. Van Dyke, is one of my all-time favorite movies. What’s not to love? William...
April 7 2014

Fresh Meat: Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson

Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson is a standalone thriller where backstabbing, double crossing, and shifting alliances lead to kidnapping (available April 8, 2014). Hilary Davidson’s new...
April 1 2014

Fresh Meat: Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr

Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr sends Anna Pigeon into the wild forests of Minnesota as she tracks a group of outlaws who have kidnapped her friends and family (available April 1, 2014). Destroyer...
February 28 2014

Fresh Meat: Wrecked by Tricia Fields

Wrecked by Tricia Fields is the third book in the series about West Texas Chief of Police Josie Gray, who is tasked with finding her lover, a man who is missing and suspected of murder (available March...
February 23 2014

Gangster Cinema, British Style: The Squeeze (1977), Starring Stacey Keach, Carol White, and David Hemmings

Between 1971, the year Get Carter was released, and 1980, when The Long Good Friday came out, the British made no great gangster films. If truth be told, no British crime films of any kind from this...
December 17 2013

Holiday Havoc: 5 Warped, Weird, & Wonderful Christmas Graphic Novels

Christmas is a time where an overweight immortal man pilots a sleigh of flying reindeer across the globe, an angel shows a suicidal man the impact he’s had on the world, and spectral entities...
October 5 2013

Fresh Meat: Taken by the Wind by Ellen Hart

Taken by the Wind by Ellen Hart is the 21st installment of the Jane Lawless series, set in and around contemporary Minneapolis (available October 8, 2013). Jane Lawless’ friend Andrew asks...
September 19 2013

Pony-Napped and Held By the Mafia for Ransom?

Seen here, Charly is a miniature pony, just around 2 feet tall, and he's been stolen from his stall at a horse show in Italy. ... thieves cut through the netting surrounding the pony’s...
September 16 2013

Fresh Meat: Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye

Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye is the second historical crime novel featuring Timothy Wilde, a copper of Gotham's fledgling police force in 1846, sworn to uphold slave-catching laws while confronted...
September 10 2013

Fresh Meat: The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton

The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton is a debut psychological thriller about a young woman who escaped from captivity, and tries to recover her life while assisting new abduction victims (September 10,...
August 14 2013

Fresh Meat: Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone

Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone is the first book in the Simon Fisk international thriller series (available August 20, 2013). Douglas Corleone has a new protagonist and this new guy will take...
May 7 2013

Dead Giveaway: Heroism Can Be Hilarious

If you haven't yet been introduced to Charles Ramsey, he's a Clevelander who helped rescue women who had been held in captivity in a neighbor's house for a decade after being kidnapped as...