Detective and mystery stories, American
Dec 22, 2011 — In The Dead Witness, Michael Sims presents stories from the early days of detective fiction, revisiting classics and introducing readers to a raft of lesser-known writers, many of them women.
Dec 19, 2011 — Sherlock Holmes is 124 years old — and he's never been in such high demand. The iconic detective from 221b Baker Street has inspired films, numerous television series, and now, two new books.
Jul 20, 2011 — Novelist and TV producer Kathy Reichs returns with her latest crime adventure, journalist Judy Pasternak uncovers environmental injustice on the Navajo reservation, biographer Justin Spring explores the life of a sexual renegade, and marketing expert Paco Underhill explains the "science of female shopping."
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives by Otto Penzler. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 25, 2010 — Kathy Reich's Spider Bones, the 13th installment in a series of forensic thrillers, explores the sometimes tangled webs of the criminal justice system. Reichs explains that forensic anthropology is a valuable tool for cracking cold cases, but that solving crimes is rarely as easy as it seems on screen.
Nov 10, 2009 — More staff picks of standout books. This week, new nonfiction: Newspaperman Harold Evans traces his rise, while poet Mary Karr details her fall — and redemption. Nina Totenberg reads the Scalia biography. And great detective writers reveal the origins of their famous sleuths.
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.
Jul 15, 2008 — Mystery writer Julie Smith offers a tour of the hauntingly Gothic city she calls home. New Orleans, says Smith, is a great place to write mysteries — not because of the city's crime, but because of its secrets.
Aug 16, 2006 — Writer Evan Hunter, known to most fans as "Ed McBain," virtually created the police novel. He died in 2005. Learning to Kill is a new collection of McBain's early crime fiction. Book critic Veronique de Turenne has a review.