Aug 7, 2014 — Lawrence Block published the first book of his Matthew Scudder mystery series in 1976. He says when it came to crime fiction inspiration, "the city never failed me. It always provided something."
May 30, 2014 — At No. 10, Dan Brown's Inferno features Robert Langdon grappling with a riddle tied to Dante's masterpiece.
Jan 29, 2014 — She was a struggling screenwriter before hitting it big with her books, including The Cutting Season. Locke talks with NPR's Michel Martin about the inspiration for her thrillers, and how she straddles the past and present of African-American life in her writing.
Dec 27, 2013 — At No. 2, John Grisham's Sycamore Row returns to the world of his first novel, A Time to Kill.
Dec 11, 2013 — Fresh Air's book critic says it's just a fluke that 9 of the 11 titles she picked this year were written by female authors. Her favorites include a jumbo-sized Dickensian novel, a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, a comedy of manners, a stunning Scandinavian mystery and more.
Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
Dec 2, 2013 — In Janet Evanovich's Takedown Twenty, debuting at No. 8, Stephanie Plum chases a powerful mobster.
Nov 26, 2013 — For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews who identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.
Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Oct 18, 2013 — At No. 14, a discredited artist uncovers a mystery in B.A. Shapiro's The Art Forger.