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."
Jul 6, 2013 — Eleven-year-old Luz uses a journal and a deck of cards to gradually tell her dramatic — and traumatic — story. Mario Alberto Zambrano says his debut novel, Loteria, was inspired by the Mexican card game he played growing up.
Nov 28, 2011 — Critic Maureen Corrigan selects two of the best new works of fiction and criticism about The Great Detective, and offers recommendations for terrific novels featuring contemporary investigators who carry forward Holmes' trademark method of detection: "an observance of trifles."
Aug 16, 2011 — Dealing with rude, angry people is not fun. But when fictional, these unpleasant personalities can actually be quite charming. Author Ben Dolnick recommends three books and three central characters that'll have you flipping the page faster than you'd flip them the bird.
Jul 18, 2011 — NPR coverage of Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 1, 2011 — Craving some cold-blooded thrills this summer? These detective novels offer twists and turns to help you beat the heat.
Oct 10, 2008 — Provisions slipped into the economic bailout bill mandate that employers and insurance companies give mental health issues parity with physical health issues. Among the changes? Companies will not be able to charge different rates for mental — versus physical — health services.