Q&A with Jack Higgins

Elise Cooper: Both books deal with the IRA. What point were you trying to make? Jack Higgins: They were fighting for the position of Ireland in the British Empire. They wanted independence as a country. In the end they achieved something of the kind. EC: In Rain On The Dead you imply that the IRA fights for independence while the Muslim terrorists fight to impose their will. Do you agree? JH: Yes. I see what you mean. Both groups are fighting a new type of war and do not wear a uniform. It becomes very difficult for the authorities to recognize the enemy. It could be anyone in the street. At least with the Irish, they had a genuine desire...

Hard Case Crime to publish lost novels of Ed McBain Jan23

Hard Case Crime to publish lost novels of Ed McBai...

Hard Case Crime has announced they will be publishing two long lost novels by mystery legend Ed  McBain. The two books, which were both published in the 50s, were written under pen names and have been out of print for over fifty years. SO NUDE, SO DEAD was McBain’s first crime novel and tells the story of a piano prodigy turned heroin addict who wakes up in a seedy hotel room to find his companion of the night before – a beautiful singer and fellow addict – murdered in bed beside him. On the run from the police and growing desperate for a fix, he has to find the real killer or face a date with the electric chair. CUT ME IN is the story of a...

MWA announces 2015 Edgar nominees Jan22

MWA announces 2015 Edgar nominees

Mystery Writers of America have announced the Nominees for the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2014. BEST NOVEL This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow) Wolf by Mo Hayder (Grove/Atlantic – Atlantic Monthly Press) Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner) The Final Silence by Stuart Neville (Soho Press) Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown) Coptown by Karin Slaughter (Penguin Randomhouse – Ballantine Books) BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR Dry Bones...

Five Cop Shows That Influenced Me

Five Cop Shows That Influenced Me When is set out to write my PROSPERO’S WAR speculative crime fictions series, my goal was to combine all the things I loved about great cop shows with the world building I am used to using in contemporary fantasy novels. In fact, the idea for the series came while watching a popular crime fiction show, and I thought it would be fun to recap some of the excellent TV writing that influenced these books. 1. THE WIRE. Everyone says The Wire, right? But I really mean it. It was while watching an episode of this series that my idea for the Prospero’s War series came to me. I think it was a scene where Omar was...

Q & A with Mark Greaney

Elise Cooper: What was it like working with the icon author Tom Clancy? Mark Greaney: I was called in 2011 and was asked if I would like working with Clancy. My first reaction was, ‘how am I going to get out of this’ because I was totally intimidated. It turned out my editor at Berkeley was also Tom Clancy’s editor at Putnam. Tom was looking for a new co-author. My editor went to my agent who then asked if I would like to co-author the next Tom Clancy book. I wish I could say I was excited, but the truth is, I was terrified. I have been a massive fan of his since The Patriot Games in 1987. I have first editions of most of his books...

Interview With Elizabeth Heiter

1) Tell us about your new book? Eighteen years before VANISHED starts, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine’s best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared from her bed one night. In her place, a macabre nursery rhyme was left behind, the calling card of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Cassie was never found, and now another girl has gone missing in Evelyn’s hometown of Rose Bay, South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. It’s the case Evelyn has wanted to solve since she was twelve years old – the case that drove her to join the FBI in the first place. Returning to Rose Bay means facing her hometown, where old prejudices simmer into violence...