Val McDermid talks to NPR about new book on forens...

Val McDermid has reached the top of the charts and earned numerous awards for her crime novels. But her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime, offers us a fascinating look at the reality behind one of law enforcement’s biggest tools. She recently spoke with National Public Radio’s Scott Simon about it.

An Interview with Matthew Palmer

In this stand-alone Sam Trainor, the former top South Asia expert in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, has found a job in the private sector.  He now works as an analyst for the consulting firm of Argus Systems where he stumbles upon an intelligence anomaly.  He realizes that this transcript of a phone conversation about upending the political balance between India and Pakistan is misinformation that could cause an all out war between these nuclear countries.  Sam must race against a ticking clock and find the terrorists who have stolen a Pakistani nuclear warhead to detonate in Mumbai, India. Elise Cooper:  How...

Don Winslow: The Crimespree Interview

Jeremy: So when we last spoke, you had mentioned that THE POWER OF THE DOG had been the biggest undertaking of your career, both in terms of the writing and the research which was something like twenty years of the war on drugs. So when you completed this Herculean task, did you know you wanted to revisit these characters? Don Winslow: Absolutely not. In fact, it was the exact opposite, I said I would never revisit them and was very resistant to the idea. When people brought it up, I hung up the phone. So years went by without giving it another thought. But as I was sitting here near the border and watching events unfold in Mexico, seeing...

An Interview with Grant Blackwood

Under Fire centers on Jack Ryan Jr. who is coming into his own as an operative.  While on an intelligence mission in Tehran Jack meets with his old high school friend, Seth Gregory. Later Seth disappears and Jack is told he is a possible traitor.  It becomes imperative that he must choose between his loyalties to his friend, Seth, or to his county. Pursuing the truth leads Jack across Iran, through war-torn Caucasus, and deep into territory controlled by the aggressive Russian Federation.  He is helped by an enigmatic Iranian woman, Ysabel, who becomes a loyal partner.  They race against the clock to determine who is friend and who is foe....

An Interview with Joseph Finder

Right from the opening pages The Fixer is a real page-turner. After investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée, and apartment, his only option is to move back into his childhood home. The house has been neglected for years when his father had to move into a nursing home after suffering a stroke. Rick starts to make renovations and finds $3.4 million hidden in the walls. Trying to find out where the money originated and how it was placed there Rick finds out that his father had deep dark secrets and a life he knew nothing about. Elise Cooper: The house is almost like a supporting character. What gave you the idea for the...

A Silly Interview With Sean Chercover

Sean Chercover has done a lot of interviews over the years and we thought we would ask him a few questions he may not hear often.   Jon: Given the political situation of the 1960’s Eastern Europe and the global economic situations at the time what is your favorite thing to have for breakfast? Sean: Tapsilog is my favorite breakfast. It’s a combination of beef tapa, (Filipino beef jerky), sinangag (garlic fried rice), and a fried egg, served with sinamak (spiced coconut vinegar). But given the economic hardship and political tensions in 1960’s Eastern Europe, I’ll just have a bowl of yoghurt with berries, thanks. Jon: Do you enjoy...