Jul 23, 2012 — The Norwegian author does his best to show NPR's Eric Westervelt that Oslo really does have a seedy side. In his fiction, at least, Nesbo's city is full of shady characters who draw the attention of the reckless, alcoholic detective Harry Hole.
Apr 18, 2012 — Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo is back, along with filmmaker Albert Brooks, whose first novel is about America in the year 2030. There's also Jo Ann Beard's debut novel about a 14-year-old in the 1970s; James Tate's selected poems; and technology writer Stephen Baker's look at the computer that competed against humans on Jeopardy!
Apr 11, 2012 — Novelist Mary Gordon looks at love and maturity, while Henning Mankell delivers his last Kurt Wallander mystery. In nonfiction, Jim Rasenberger revisits the Bay of Pigs, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells of Afghani women's ingenuity, Charles Ogletree probes the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Meagan O'Rourke meditates on her mother's death.
Apr 5, 2012 — A medical examiner investigates a death at a safe house in Drawing Conclusions. It debuts at No. 14.
Feb 2, 2012 — Unlike the Great Depression, our current recession hasn't yet produced much memorable literature, but book critic Maureen Corrigan says that situation, like the economy, seems to be changing.
Dec 1, 2011 — Suspense rules fiction this week, with a new cop protagonist from Ian Rankin, a tale by Lars Kepler that rivals the Dragon Tattoo series, and a debut novel inspired by Sherlock Holmes. In nonfiction, there's a history of ballet and Patti LuPone's memoir of the Great White Way.
Aug 1, 2011 — Archer Mayor exposes the seedy underbelly of bucolic Brattleboro in his Joe Gunther detective novels. But it's a challenge to bring out the dark side; Brattleboro, and Vermont in general, the author says, are "inordinately pleasant" places.
Jul 28, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Surrogate Thief by Archer Mayor. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Faithful Place by Tana French. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Overlook by Michael Connelly. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.