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Shane Black, the screenwriter who shot to fame with the Lethal Weapon movies, may have had a few stumbles in the last three decades, but with The Nice Guys, a 1970s noir detective story Black cowrote …

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Book Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

August 21, 2012 – 11:42 pm | 3 Comments

After I finish a book, I often need some time to process it before reviewing it. But then life sometimes gets busy and I don’t get around to it and next thing I know it’s …

Book Giveaway: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

August 19, 2012 – 11:10 pm | 11 Comments
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This last week was a really good, busy one, in case any of you were worried I’d been snatched by bears. I did a commercial for Wells Fargo, finished a couple editing jobs, and continued …

A Few Thoughts on THE CLOSER Series Finale & MAJOR CRIMES

August 14, 2012 – 12:44 am | 5 Comments
The Closer

*SPOILERS AHEAD: Stop reading if you haven’t watched the finale*
 
Going into the finale, the only things I hoped for were that Brenda wouldn’t die in the line of duty, and that she’d leave with dignity, …

Lee Child Reads from Gregg Hurwitz’s THE SURVIVOR

August 7, 2012 – 10:30 pm | 2 Comments
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I’ve been rehearsing a play six days a week while still editing and reviewing books, so my blog posts will probably be short—but hopefully not boring—for the next month or so.
I got a kick out …

Book Giveaway: THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Adler-Olsen

August 6, 2012 – 9:25 pm | 9 Comments
absent one

Before I get to this giveaway, I want to announce the two winners of Karin Slaughter’s Criminal:

Tom Piccirilli
Sarah RH

Congrats! Please fill out this contact form with the address where you’d like the publicist to ship …

Book Review & Giveaway: CRIMINAL by Karin Slaughter

July 29, 2012 – 11:20 pm | 9 Comments
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I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness for Readers, and am reprinting it here with permission.
Fans of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series know that his boss at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Amanda Wagner, is …

First Impressions 7.27.12

July 27, 2012 – 2:17 pm | 3 Comments
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I hope you all have had a good week. I was out of town, though not on vacation, and in a mostly no-Wi-Fi area. It’s good to unplug once in a while, but it’s also …

Book Review: THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

July 18, 2012 – 10:37 pm | 6 Comments
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I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness for Readers, and am reprinting it here with permission.
Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series finally have another installment to enjoy with The Prisoner of Heaven, …

How Much Do Book Covers Matter?

July 16, 2012 – 2:56 pm | 21 Comments
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I saw this beautiful cover for Michael Frayn’s book, Skios, this morning and was immediately attracted to it.

My trip to the Greek islands remains my favorite so far, and I have fond memories of the …

First Impressions: PULP INK 2 Anthology

July 12, 2012 – 11:54 pm | 4 Comments
Cover by Eric Beetner

I thought I’d do something different this week. Instead of featuring three openers from three books, I decided to post the openers of three short stories from a recently released crime fiction anthology called Pulp …

First Impressions: Flashback Edition

July 5, 2012 – 10:21 pm | 20 Comments
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Couldn’t find three hard-hitting openers among the ARCs I received this week, so I thought I’d take a look back at some older favorites. I wanted to feature authors whose work you may not have …

Movie Review: SAVAGES

July 5, 2012 – 2:47 am | 6 Comments
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If you’ve seen Oliver Stone’s U-Turn or Natural Born Killers, and/or have read the Don Winslow novel on which this movie is based, Savages is pretty much what you’d expect it to be—violent, in your …