Oct 19, 2011 — Why do gruesome stories draw us in? What is it about tales that chill us that we can't stay away from? Author Bruce Machart doesn't have the answers, but he does have three recommendations of books that explore the depths of human depravity.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion by Ron Hansen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 13, 2011 — Ron Hansen's latest novel, A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, fictionalizes an infamous crime of sexual transgression. In 1927, Ruth Snyder killed her husband, Albert, after falling in love with a lingerie salesman. Hansen's sexy fictionalization of the real-life murder sizzles with the spirit of the Roaring '20s.
Mar 25, 2006 — Thomas Perry's thriller Nightlife has a woman serial killer, a woman cop and many identity changes. Perry tells Linda Wertheimer that despite the bloody themes of his work, he often has trouble killing off favorite characters.
Jul 6, 2005 — Arlene's gods include high school quarterbacks and Jack Daniels in this tender story of redemption. This is a fun summer read with lots of turmoil, says Jake Reis of The Alabama Booksmith.