Interview with Greg Iles

I don’t remember what exactly made me pick up the first book by Greg Iles that I read (MORTAL FEAR), but I’ve been a fan ever since. He’s one of my go-to storytellers, someone whose books are excellent consistently and without exception. CEMETERY ROAD, which is out on March 5, is no exception. Getting to speak with an author superhero is always a thrill. I have to start with a couple minutes of fangirling, which is my awkward way of saying thank you. Thank you for telling the stories that sustain readers. Thank you for bringing aspects of human nature to light that might otherwise remain shrouded in shadow. Iles does this as well as any...

EPIC CRIME WAVE HEADS TO HARROGATE Feb18

EPIC CRIME WAVE HEADS TO HARROGATE

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has unveiled its 2019 Special Guests. This year’s Programming Chair is the award-winning author Mari Hannah, bringing icons of the genre to the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. One of the biggest-selling authors of all time, James Patterson, will make his first appearance at the Festival. Patterson has sold more than 375 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. James Patterson said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Harrogate this year and meeting my UK fans.” Jo Nesbo’s UK launch of his much anticipated new Harry Hole...

FIVE THINGS you didn’t realize you were dying to k...

Let’s go with the old journalism five Ws. What: You know them, collective nouns, also known as terms of venery, are those singular words we use to label groups of things, like a pride of lions, a school of fish or a quiver of arrows. When they are familiar we scarcely notice them, they’re just words, right? But often they are poetry: a murmuration of starlings, an ascension of larks, a lamentation of swans, a murder of crows. Or comedy: a slouch of models, a heep of sycophants, a whored of prostitutes.  Collective nouns appeal to the stuffy, pedant1 and the libertarian, neologist2 alike. They are the dark matter in our language3; every noun...

Behind the Book with Lars Kepler

Readers might be surprised to learn that the name “Lars Kepler” is actually a pseudonym for two people! How did the identity of “Lars Kepler” come about? The pen name Lars Kepler was actually the key to our collaboration. We were already authors but we really wanted to collaborate. But even though you love each other, are married and have three daughters it’s not just a piece of cake to sit down and write together. The truth is that we had quite a few arguments and failed attempts before we came up with the idea to create a third author. It seemed impossible to get our styles into harmony before that. But as soon as we began to write...

Behind the Book: Five Locations in Manhattan Where...

Everyone who writes anything about the history of New York quickly comes to realize that the city has not always been about office towers and skyscrapers. New York, in the half-century from 1880 to 1930, was distinctive among American cities for the beauty of its architecture but tragically, in the rush to build bigger and higher, the majority of its most striking buildings have disappeared. The destruction of Penn Station in 1963 remains the most notorious demolition of a landmark building but there have been many others. Here are five Manhattan buildings, all associated in some way with crime and criminal justice; two have survived and...