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Author Laura Lippman has 5-book deal, not all of them novels

Jul. 18, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prize-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman has several new books planned, not all of them fiction. Lippman has reached a five-book deal with her current publisher, William Morrow. The deal, announced Thursday, includes three novels, a short story collection and a book of personal essays,...

'The Chain' is a mid-life hit for novelist Adrian McKinty

Jul. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With his novel "The Chain" headed for publishing best-seller lists and summer packing lists, Adrian McKinty can now laugh as he remembers an old and "failed" novel. "I was in Mexico City, trying to write about Trotsky, the assassination of Trotsky, and it wasn't going well," says McKinty,...

Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93

Jul. 17, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. He was 93. Italy's RAI state TV, which produced wildly...

'This Side of Night' is suspenseful, thought-provoking

Jul. 15, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

"This Side of Night" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by J. Todd Scott In Texas' Big Bend country, Sheriff Chris Cherry, the protagonist of J. Todd Scott's previous two novels, may finally have run into more than he and his smattering of small-town peace officers can handle. War between Mexican cartels has broken out again...

Review: Super sleuth Harry Hole at his sharpest in 'Knife'

Jul. 8, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

"Knife," by Jo Nesbø (Alfred A. Knopf) Full disclosure: I am not a Harry Hole junkie. I saw the movie version of "The Snowman," the seventh in the now dozen novels featuring Michael Fassbender as Nesbø's Norwegian detective, but "Knife" is my first written exposure to what many consider the king of...

Review: 'Evergreen' is a textured, emotionally charged tale

Jul. 1, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

"Evergreen," by Howard Owen (Permanent Press) When Willie Black was 15 months old, his father, Artie Lee, was killed in an apparent automobile accident. That's all Willie — police reporter for a Richmond, Virgina, newspaper — knows about his dad. He's never been curious about the man. That changes...

Review: Old friends return in Doiron's 'Almost Midnight'

Jul. 1, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

"Almost Midnight," by Paul Doiron (Minotaur) In nine previous crime novels, Paul Doiron's protagonist, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, has made more than his share of friends and enemies. Now, in "Almost Midnight," two friends featured in earlier books return, and both are in desperate need of help. One of them...

Review: Barron's 'Black Mountain' stars his ex-mob enforcer

Jun. 25, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

"Black Mountain," by Laird Barron (Putnam) Like a lyricist, Laird Barron excels at manipulating the tones and cadence of language. Like a Gothic novelist, the mood he creates is often bleak. "You don't teach a child to become a killer by rote lectures," he writes. "To create a predatory machine, you foster an...

Review: A vile conspiracy is taken down in novel 'Big Sky'

Jun. 24, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

"Big Sky," by Kate Atkinson (Little Brown) Former soldier and policeman Jackson Brodie, who last appeared nine years ago in "Started Early, Took My Dog," makes his long-anticipated return in Kate Atkinson's new novel, "Big Sky." Although the book is billed as the fifth installment in the Brodie series, the...

Mariska Hargitay: Haven't been in touch with Linda Fairstein

Jun. 18, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay says she hasn't been in touch with friend Linda Fairstein since the former "Central Park Five" prosecutor was dropped by her publisher, though the actress acknowledged Fairstein resigned from the board of a charity she founded. In an interview...