May 17, 2012 — Novelist Tayari Jones explores a father's deception of his family, while historian David McCullough looks at 19th-century Americans in Paris, Roy Blount Jr. revels in verbal curiosities, writer Bill James reflects on true-crime stories, and journalist Diana Henriques probes the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Nobody Move by Denis Johnson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 14, 2011 — Bill James is best known for his contributions to baseball, but his latest book focuses on another, very different, favorite pastime: crime stories. Popular Crime looks at the effects infamous crimes have had on our culture.
Jan 31, 2011 — The best cop stories are written by cops themselves — and the crime reporters who cover them. Rick Baker, a retired Compton, Calif., police department detective sergeant, recommends some hands-on, eyewitness accounts by and about the men and women who keep us safe.
Nov 9, 2009 — Working for Japan's Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper, reporter Jake Adelstein uncovered a world unknown to many of the Japanese public, let alone to foreigners: the world of organized crime. He details its landscape — and the dangers of covering it — in a new memoir.
Oct 27, 2009 — Dark Horse Comics has commissioned short stories from several creators behind the current crime comic renaissance. The result, Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics, is a seamy, exploitative walking tour through man's basest desires. Which is to say, it's a lot of fun.
May 26, 2009 — Black Noir, edited by Otto Penzler, collects mystery and crime stories by early and mid-20th century writers like Rudolph Fisher, Ann Petry and Pauline E. Hopkins.
May 26, 2009 — Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends five gripping works of fiction to keep you on the edge of your seat this summer. From serial killers to stashed jewels to snakes on the loose, these mysteries have it all.
Apr 27, 2009 — The criminals in Denis Johnson's hard-edged Nobody Move aren't cool. But with a Mamet-like ear, Johnson — who won the National Book Award for Tree Of Smoke — wrings poetry from his hapless heroes' deadly exploits.
Jan 15, 2008 — Although the genre has acquired a trashy reputation, pulp fiction is full of language worth relishing, says Otto Penzler editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps. Magazines that sold for just a few cents in the '20s killed excessive prose and gave us the hard-boiled detective that continues to fill pop culture today.