Jun 4, 2014 — Reviewer Alan Cheuse takes on two new thrillers, David Ignatius' ripped-from-the-headlines cyber-adventure The Director, and former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' fiction debut, Night Heron.
Jun 3, 2014 — Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.
Aug 20, 2013 — There was a time when many thought the Internet was beyond government regulation, its very chaos a source of creativity and strength. Nate Anderson's The Internet Police looks at how law enforcement went about changing that.
Apr 25, 2012 — Kevin Wilson's "strange and wonderful" debut novel, The Family Fang, arrives, along with Adrian Burgos Jr.'s biography of a colorful Negro League owner, memoirs by hacker Kevin Mitnick and mother of nine Melissa Faye Greene, plus journalist Doug Saunders' look at world migration patterns.
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 15, 2011 — Science fiction and fantasy books aren't just getting more popular, they're interbreeding with other genres to produce wild new hybrid forms — swapping DNA with literary novels, commenting on current events, morphing into historical science fiction romances, and evolving into hard-boiled detective fantasy.
Sep 27, 2011 — As many as 12 million computers worldwide have been infected with a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker. Writer Mark Bowden details how Conficker was discovered, how it works, and the ongoing programming battle to bring down Conficker in his book Worm: The First Digital World War.
Aug 21, 2011 — The "World's Most Wanted Hacker" broke into scores of big phone and tech companies and evaded the FBI for several years. Now Mitnick is out of prison and hacking again, but this time, it's different.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures As the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 31, 2011 — The season of pleasure reading is upon us, and the publishing world has readied a handful of thrilling titles to be released just in time for the summer heat. After surveying the crop, here are our picks for fun reading in the sun.