Competition Heats Up in L.A.
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Yesterday, the finalists were announced for the 2023 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, in a dozen categories. Below are the five candidates for best mystery or thriller novel. • Dark Ride, by Lou Berney (Morrow) • Everybody Knows, by Jordan Harper (Mulholland) • Sing Her Down, by Ivy Pochoda (MCD) • All the Sinners Bleed, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron) • Time’s Undoing, by Cheryl A. Head (Dutton) All of the winners will be announced on Friday, April 19, during this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books ..read more
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PaperBack: “Desperate Moment”
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5d ago
Part of a series honoring the late author and blogger Bill Crider. Desperate Moment, by Martha Albrand (Dell, 1952). German-American novelist Albrand (1914-1981) wrote fiction under both her own name and the pseudonym Katrin Holland. Desperate Moment was published originally in hardcover in 1951. Two years later, it was adapted into a film with the same title by director Compton Bennett. Cover artwork by Len Oehman ..read more
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Osman Expands His Brand
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5d ago
It seems that making a killing with his four (so far) Thursday Murder Club novels just isn’t enough for English author and TV presenter Richard Osman. The Guardian reports today that he’ll be launching a brand-new mystery series in September: … We Solve Murders, which is published this autumn, will introduce the father-in-law and daughter-in-law detective duo Steve and Amy Wheeler. The title references the name of the detective agency the pair set up, after Amy, a private security officer, discovers a dead body and a bag of money while working on a remote tropical island. Steve has retired fro ..read more
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Executive Reading Decisions
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6d ago
Today is Presidents’ Day here in the United States, honoring the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (although neither of them was actually born on February 19). An alternative interpretation is that this third Monday of February holiday celebrates all 45 men who have served as the nation’s chief executive, though some of those individuals are far better respected than others. A just-released poll of historians names Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson as the best U.S. presidents. Joe Biden, who’s accomplished so much as the ..read more
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Revue of Reviewers: 2-17-24
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1w ago
Critiquing some of the most interesting recent crime, mystery, and thriller releases. Click on the individual covers to read more ..read more
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One (More) and Done
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1w ago
I have been reading and enjoying Max Allan Collins’ novels starring Chicago-based private eye Nathan Heller ever since 1986, when I picked up his first entry in said line, True Detective. That book and all 18 of its sequels now hold pride of place on two shelves in my office. Without question, I would read 18 more of Heller’s historical investigations, were Collins able to produce so many. But it appears he will not. He writes in his latest blog post: I am pleased to announce what is almost certainly going to be the last Nathan Heller novel, The One-Way Ride, which I’ll be writing this year fo ..read more
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We Miss You, Bill
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1w ago
Blogger Jerry House reminds us that it was six years ago today that Texas author Bill Crider—one of the nicest members of America’s crime-fiction community—died from prostate cancer at age 76. Here, meanwhile, is my own obituary of Crider ..read more
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Bullet Points: Valentines Edition
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2w ago
Forgive me, dear readers, for I have sinned. It’s been three and a half months since my last “Bullet Points” news wrap-up. Which doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting on my ass in the meantime, doing nothing. In fact, the closing months of 2023 were some of last year’s busiest here at The Rap Sheet. But they were crammed full of “best books of the year” posts, leaving me little time to concentrate on compiling miscellaneous items related to this genre. Which is too bad, because I’ve always enjoyed producing pieces of this sort. Long before The Rap Sheet existed, way back in my college days, I penned ..read more
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Before the Snap
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2w ago
I’m not a football follower, but I know plenty of other crime-fiction readers who are. So for their benefit—and with Super Bowl LVIII set to be played in Las Vegas on Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers—let me remind everyone about Janet Rudolph’s long list of football-related crime novels in Mystery Fanfare. You should have enough time to procure one of those books and at least start reading it before kick-off time this weekend ..read more
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Book-alikes
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2w ago
One of The Rap Sheet’s first blog posts, back in May 2006, focused on the all-too-frequent proliferation of copycat book fronts, those “that feature strikingly similar, if not exactly the same artwork on their covers.” We’ve cited many additional examples in the almost 18 years since, though not as frequently as we did early on. Sadly, the habit of publishers using stock artwork, rather than original images, on their new fiction and non-fiction releases has hardly decreased. Just to prove that at least some of us are still monitoring this penny-pinching trend, here are two examples from the m ..read more
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