The Story Behind the Story: “Little Follies,” by Carolyn Korsmeyer
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(Editor’s note: This is the 92nd installment in The Rap Sheet’s “Story Behind the Story” series. Its author is Carolyn Korsmeyer, a research professor of philosophy at the University at Buffalo, in New York. She is especially interested in how the senses and emotions are engaged by works of art, themes prominent in three of her philosophy books: Things: In Touch with the Past [2019], Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics [2011], and Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy [1999]. She is keen to explore the ways that fiction can revive lives from long ago by engaging the read ..read more
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Of Things Past
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While looking through editor Kevin Burton Smith’s recent additions to The Thrilling Detective Web Site, I noticed something I had not spotted before, even though it has apparently been offered since at least 2018: “This Day in P.I. History,” a list of significant events from the lengthy heritage of private-eye fiction. Today’s entries, for instance, read: • Allan J. Pinkerton signs this contract between the Illinois Central Railroad and the Pinkerton’s Detective Agency, Pinkerton & Company, agreeing to establish a “Police Agency” in Chicago to assist the Railroad in the “prompt and efficie ..read more
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What Will This Month Bring?
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It’s February 1—time to revisit The Rap Sheet’s list of more than 425 books of interest to crime, mystery, and thriller fans, all scheduled for publication between now and April Fool’s Day, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. I’ve made a number of additions since those choices were first posted last month, and you will want to see what’s new and what is still forthcoming. Click here to see the full rundown ..read more
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Should I Start Packing Yet?
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4d ago
OK, now I’ve gone and done it—registered for Bouchercon 2023, that is. It’s been seven years since I last attended one of these crime-fiction conventions, which took place then in New Orleans. The intervening period​ has seen the outbreak of COVID-19, the unfortunate cancellation of so many such assemblies (or, just as bad, their unsatisfying transference to Zoom), and my declining interest in attending very large business or social gatherings. I had been all prepared to pass on this year’s Bouchercon, which is to be held in San Diego, California, from August 30 to September 3. But several ba ..read more
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Aiming for Agatha Admiration
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1w ago
We’re still three months away from the start of this year’s Malice Domestic conference in Maryland (April 28-30), but organizers of that event have already announced their nominees for the 2023 Agatha Awards, in six categories. Best Contemporary Novel: • Bayou Book Thief, by Ellen Byron (Berkley Prime Crime) • Death by Bubble Tea, by Jennifer J. Chow (Berkley) • Fatal Reunion, by Annette Dashofy (Level Best) • Dead Man’s Leap, by Tina de Bellegarde (Level Best) • A World of Curiosities, by Louise Penny (Minotaur) Best Historical Novel: • The Counterfeit Wife, by Mally Becker (Level Best) • B ..read more
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Just a Few Things on Our Radar
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1w ago
• Although there’s no word yet on when the 10-episode second season of Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer will debut, we do now know—thanks to Deadline—about three actors who’ve won recurring roles. Lana Parrilla (Why Women Kill, Once Upon a Time) will play “a beloved chef and community advocate struggling to keep her restaurant afloat as a predatory real estate developer threatens the neighborhood around her.” Yaya DaCosta (Chicago Med, Our Kind of People) “will portray Andrea Freemann, a cut-throat prosecutor and Mickey Haller’s (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) undefeated courtroom rival, who is also a frien ..read more
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Bullet Points: It’s International Sweatpants Day!
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1w ago
Of course, every day is Sweatpants Day at Rap Sheet headquarters, thanks to COVID-19 and the consequent decline that pandemic caused in dress codes hereabouts. However, the cheeky political blog Wonkette informs me that International Sweatpants Day is actually a thing, celebrated every January 21 to draw attention to the soft bottoms that have now been part of our wardrobe since the 1920s. Knowing that just makes you want to snuggle in and read news tidbits from the world of crime fiction, right? We’ve got you covered! • Shock! Among the longlisted nominees for this year’s PEN America Litera ..read more
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Killer Covers Hosts Juvies and Jailbat
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2w ago
The Rap Sheet’s younger sister blog, Killer Covers, celebrates its 14th birthday today, placing it firmly in adolescence. To celebrate, I’ve created a gallery of 50-odd paperback fronts with a juvenile-delinquent theme—very popular among authors and publishers of the mid-20th century, who seemed to think the worst about teenagers. Click here to enjoy the full assortment of images ..read more
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The Edgars Elite
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2w ago
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) today announced the nominees for its 2023 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2022.” Best Novel: • Devil House, by John Darnielle (MCD) • Like a Sister, by Kellye Garrett (Mulholland) • Gangland, by Chuck Hogan (Grand Central) • The Devil Takes You Home, by Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland) • Notes on an Execution, by Danya Kukafka (Morrow) • The Maid, by Nita Prose (Ballantine) Best First Novel by an American Author: • Jackal, by Erin E. Adams (Bantam) • Don’t Know Tough, by Eli Cranor ..read more
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PaperBack: “The Perfect Victim”
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2w ago
Part of a series honoring the late author and blogger Bill Crider. The Perfect Victim, by James McKimmey (Dell, 1957). Cover illustration by Robert K. Abbett ..read more
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