Mar 5, 2014 — No, Raymond Chandler isn't churning out new material from the grave. This Philip Marlowe story is written by someone else, yet it retains many of the crime writer's best qualities.
Mar 3, 2014 — Thirty-eight people witnessed Genovese's murder in Queens, N.Y., and didn't do a thing about it, according to news reports from 1964. Fifty years later, a new book tells a different story.
Feb 21, 2014 — Appearing at No. 4, Cockroaches, by Jo Nesbo, is the second Harry Hole novel — translated into English for the first time.
Feb 18, 2014 — The hunt for a book of seditious poems is at the heart of medievalist Bruce Holsinger's detail-packed new novel; poet and fixer John Gower is hunting for the book, at the behest of his friend Geoffrey Chaucer. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says "filth of the street is likely to suck off the occasional shoe," but in the end, the experience is enjoyable.
Feb 17, 2014 — Fantômas — even his name is mysterious! The French criminal mastermind starred in a series of 19 deliciously pulpy novels beginning in 1911. Author Rachel Cantor says the series is "part police procedural, part gothic horror story, part courtroom drama, part Sherlockian mystery, part existential potboiler."
Feb 15, 2014 — Author Douglas Perry's new book, Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, paints a portrait of the legendary lawman as a flawed but genuinely good guy who floundered when away from the excitement of police work. Ness "helped invent the modern police force," Perry says, but couldn't stop drinking and cheating on his wives.
Feb 14, 2014 — Even if you hate the holiday, any day is a good day for chocolate and a swoony romantic read. But NPR's romance guru Bobbi Dumas is an unabashed lover of Valentine's Day, and she celebrating by asking five of her favorite authors to recommend their favorite romances — and describe their own Valentine traditions.
Feb 12, 2014 — The Counterfeit Agent, released this week, is the 8th book in Berenson's series starring tormented ex-CIA agent John Wells, who never stops battling dangers that might be on the front page of the New York Times — and who converted to Islam years before the TV series Homeland used the same plot device.
Feb 8, 2014 — In Marcel Theroux's Strange Bodies, dead people inhabit new bodies and immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. Theroux tells NPR's Scott Simon, "I think that everyone who loves books has experienced the feeling of being taken over by another mind."
Feb 2, 2014 — Wiley Cash's new novel follows two sisters whose errant father kidnaps them out of foster care after their mother dies. Cash tells NPR's Rachel Martin about his decision to set the story during Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa's 1998 home run battle.