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DavidCranmer
October 6 2016

Review: Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, Edited by Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger

In a stunning follow-up to the acclaimed In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger present a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon. When...
DavidCranmer
January 27 2016

Signs and Symbols but in Vane: The Hidden Mysteries of Two Vladimir Nabokov Short Stories

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), world renowned for two twentieth-century literary showpieces—Lolita and Pale Fire—was also a virtuoso at the short story form. From the time he fled Lenin’s...
DavidCranmer
October 20 2015

Why Crime Readers Should Be Reading Martin Amis: London Fields and Night Train

Martin Amis hails from distinguished literary stock, his father being Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim), and his stepmother Elizabeth Jane Howard (The Cazalet Chronicle). A writer himself since the 1970s,...
CrimeHQ
August 24 2015

The ZINNG: Lolita and Victor Frankenstein

The Radio Times Festival will be held in London from September 24—27, with highlights including panels featuring actors from both BBC's Endeavor and Sherlock. Take a look at every...
DavidCranmer
January 25 2015

Literary Mysteries: Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita, Ada, or Ardor) is not what one would call a traditional mystery story. You won’t find it among the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Father Brown, or...
Phil Hogan
January 15 2015

Six Obsessive Characters in Fiction

Sometimes it's love. Sometimes it's revenge. And sometimes it's the refusal to change. Obsession can hijack anyone, and Phil Hogan has compiled a list of six of the most obsessive characters...
DavidCranmer
October 19 2014

Laughter in the Dark: Nabokov’s Original Femme Fatale

“Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved;...
DavidCranmer
July 18 2014

The Eye: Nabokov on Spies, Suicide, and Sunset Boulevard

“The theme of The Eye is the pursuit of an investigation which leads the protagonist through a hell of mirrors and ends in the merging of twin images.” That plot description is from Vladimir...
LyndsayFaye
June 10 2014

Slate Nailed It: YA and Detective Fiction Are for Rubes

An article in Slate by Ruth Graham that appeared last week decrying the popularity of YA fiction among adult readers has created quite the backlash from other media forums (including to name a few,...
DavidCranmer
April 19 2014

Vladimir Nabokov’s Hidden Noir: Despair

Mention the name Vladimir Nabokov and Lolita springs immediately to mind, and rightfully so. The 1955 novel is a flashpoint in 20th century literature, notable for its controversial subject matter:...
KatiaLief
May 5 2011

The Mechanics of Suspense: Butterflies Are (Not) Free

Today’s hot marketplace for thrillers places a little red devil on crime writers’ shoulders, mercilessly reminding us to speed up the story at all costs:  “Faster, buddy boy. ...