Mark Rubinstein's latest novel, The Lovers' Tango, received the Gold Medal for Popular Fiction in the 2016 Benjamin Franklin
I love all sorts of mysteries, and most of the ones I read have a murder case central to the plot. I also love a good heist, a smart con, and, sometimes, I crave intrigue in a library or on a college campus. If you're ready for a mystery sans corpse, take a look at these five crime novels.
Is it cold outside, or are these books just sending chills down your spine?
Back in the prehistoric times before the Internet - when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the West was wild and the East was still the mysterious Orient - mystery fandom wasn't a simple matter of keeping abreast of daily blog updates and Yahoo group digests...it had to be earned.
Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai has professed both his admiration for Mystery Grandmaster Lawrence Block as a writer and as a friend. With the publication of The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes, Ardai has agreed to face the bright lights and rubber hoses of the interrogation room.
The light wanes and we watch the green hills and the tide shifting as if it were a film. An hour passes like one minute.
The first-person narrator is the imposer of order in a world of chaos--or rather, deceit, lies, hypocrisy, where nothing is as it seems. And yet reading a classic of noir fiction like Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op is a revelation.
I once introduced a best-selling thriller writer at a reading here in Michigan and mentioned -- among other things -- that he was a finalist for some award. When he got to the podium he quipped, "You know what a finalist means, don't you? It means you didn't win."
The book is a series of little bits of overlapping color that finally create a full picture.
It's refreshing to discover a noteworthy female protagonist in Cate Harlow. She's the fiery private investigator in author Kristen Houghton's latest endeavor, For I Have Sinned.