Big news for fans of Diane Setterfield’s wonderful novel, THE THIRTEENTH TALE: She has a new book out! Yes, Setterfield’s second novel, BELLMAN & BLACK, will be published in the U.S. this Tuesday, Nov. 5, so Continue reading
I recently learned that one of my favorite suspense novels, TRAP FOR CINDERELLA, has been made into a new British film. The book is by the wonderful French author, Sebastien Japrisot (1931-2003), and I decided to reread the 1963 novel before watching the movie. Just one problem: a quick look at Amazon showed me that Continue reading
It’s official–I signed contracts with Random House for my novel, A PENNY FOR THE HANGMAN, which will be an e-book original from Alibi Books, their brand-new, electronic-only mystery line. I’m now working on Continue reading
I was recently asked to contribute an essay to the Crime Writers Chronicle, a popular blog that began when a group of New York-based mystery writers decided to get together in one online space to promote themselves, one another, and every other mystery writer they ever met. Continue reading
Get ready for the thrill ride of the season. I just read BLOOD OF THE LAMB by Sam Cabot, and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. That rarely happens to me, but this is an exceptional novel by any standard. By the standard of “summer thrillers,” it’s an instant classic. Continue reading
The Criterion Collection has done it again! This incredible company has been restoring and refurbishing hundreds of American and international films of the past and present, making them available in truly superior DVD/Blu-ray formats. I’ve blogged about them before (they recently released ROSEMARY’S BABY and Hitchcock’s original 1934 version of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH), and I’m sure I will again. This time, the big news from Criterion is the long-awaited (by me and a lot of other people) release of Continue reading
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
When he wrote these words, Charles Dickens was describing conditions in England and France in 1789, but he could have been describing the state of America on June 26, 2013.
First, the good news: SCOTUS and the end of DOMA. Yay!
Now, the bad news: Next to the Supreme Court stories on every newspage in America today is the bizarre, shameful, continuously unfolding drama of Continue reading
If you saw my last post, you know that I was on my high horse about a forthcoming reprint of WHILE STILL WE LIVE, Helen MacInnes’s wonderful novel of espionage and romance in the Polish Underground of WWII. The publisher in question, Titan Books, had listed this title as WHILE WE STILL LIVE, which Continue reading