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April 26 2017

A Field Guide to Sociopaths, Psychopaths, Narcissists, and Other Abusers: An Interview with Zak Mucha

Fiction is about getting inside the heads of people, whether they are like us or unlike us. When writers depict a sociopath, how close can they get? Is it possible to represent a mental state we...
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...
June 16 2015

Fresh Meat: The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells

The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells is the 4th paranormal thriller featuring a teenaged sociopath who fights demons for the government (available June 16, 2015). John Wayne Cleaver is a teenaged...
July 3 2014

The Riot Club and Other Teenage Sociopaths

The Riot Club's members are all sociopaths (or sociopaths in the making) and like many clubs, they have one another's backs, even when that means committing murder. However, The Final Girl...
April 10 2014

PETA Aims to Turn Jeffrey Dahmer’s Home into a Restaurant

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to turn Jeffrey Dahmer's Ohio home into a vegan restaurant called “Eat for Life – Home Cooking.” Why would they...
October 1 2013

Fresh Meat: Darkness First By James Hayman

Darkness First by James Hayman, the debut thriller featuring Detectives McCabe and Savage, shows the deadly effects the OxyContin trade has on a small northeastern town (available October 1, 2013). In...
October 19 2012

Leopold and Loeb Still Fascinate 90 Years Later

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were two college boys, brilliant and mad, who decided to kill a younger boy in 1924 to see if they could commit the “perfect crime.” After they were caught,...
August 8 2012

Stop Calling Sherlock a Sociopath! Thanks, a Psychologist.

I’d like to get something off my chest. It’s been bugging me for a very, very long time. Sherlock Holmes is not a sociopath. He is not even a “high-functioning sociopath,” as the otherwise truly...
August 3 2012

Noir’s Goon Squad: Neville Brand

Neville Brand was the king of the thugs. Pure and simple. Big and beefy, built like a garbage truck, squinty-eyed and greasy-faced—he was a thing of pure pulp beauty. Almost always playing the...
December 8 2011

Parts is Parts: Gifts for the Budding Psychopath

OK, before you read any further about these amazing creations, put away your food, put down your coffee, and check your squeamishness at the door.  Ready? It has been said that the average...
November 25 2011

Revolutionary Killers: Harpe Brothers, Serial or Spree?

The Continental Congress declared the first National Thanksgiving in 1777, but the Harpe brothers weren’t thankful for anything except another day to thieve and kill. Recently, I encountered...
September 7 2011

Is Your Boss A Psychopath?

Just in time to welcome you back to work after whatever summer or Labor Day vacation you managed to squeeze in comes this news:  1 in 25 bosses is a psychopath.  As Lois Karlin explained to...
May 26 2011

Video Screening Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman and The Leopard

Scandinavian crime-fiction author Jo Nesbo’s novel The Snowman has climbed to no. 10 on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction. It is the 7th installment in the dark thriller series...
May 18 2011

Today’s Female Crime-Fighters: Not Nancy Enough?

She’s tough. She’s violent. And mystery readers can’t seem to get enough of her. Over the past six decades, female sleuths have gone from sweet (think Agatha Christie’s...
May 9 2011

Investigation Notes from a Video Game Nerd

The upcoming release of highly anticipated game L.A. Noire and the release of the anthology have crime thriller and gaming fans at the edge of their seats (sofas?), but we should not forget about...
May 9 2011

Incognito: Villain, Know Thyself

A supervillain walks into a bar and orders a drink.  When the bartender says to him, “We don’t serve your kind,” the villain and his brother are cornered by government agents,...
April 29 2011

Byronic and Broken: Faye Kellerman’s Christopher Whitman

I was introduced to Christopher Whitman (later Donatti after taking his stepfather’s name) in Faye Kellerman’s 1995 book, Justice.   I had picked up a few of her earlier Peter...