Ten Writing Lessons From Krav Maga

When I started taking Krav Maga my writing pal James Queally asked if I was taking it because I wanted to more accurately write about throwing a punch. I told him, no, that’s ridiculous. I was doing it because I was afraid of my daughter. She’s two and a half now. It’s like living with Leatherface. Peril in every direction. I’ve been doing it for a year and passed the test for P1 (there are five practitioner levels). Not to say I’m proficient in any of this—a lot of the time I still feel like Bambi slipping on the ice, sliding into a snowbank. Turns out though, James was on to something—I’ve discovered a couple of writing lessons courtesy...

Joseph Kanon’s DEFECTORS reviewed Jun07

Joseph Kanon’s DEFECTORS reviewed

Defectors Joseph Kanon Atria Pub 6/6/17 One of the greatest crimes against a country is treason, spying for the enemy. A recent brilliantly written espionage book, Defectors, by Joseph Kanon, is both fast paced and realistic. This Cold War thriller shows the moves and plays as if the characters are in a chess game. Beyond that it emphasizes the human side, what it is like for family members of a traitor, as well as the motivations of someone who is willing to betray and lie to everyone. Taking place in 1961 Moscow, during the height of the Cold War, readers learn about the history within a fascinating plot. It becomes obvious very early on...

Joseph Kanon talks about DEFECTORS

Elise Cooper: How did you get the idea for the story? Joseph Kanon: The origin came out of something personal. Years ago I worked with a man who actually had a brother that defected. It was a fascinating story to me, and I realized no one talked about the family left behind. Once he had defected, that was the last heard of him. I thought about the after story, since he did not just vanish. I wondered what kind of life did he have, and what did he do all day. EC: How did you do the research? JK: I read about Kim Philby, a high-ranking member of British intelligence who was a Soviet agent. He defected in 1963 after working for the KGB. I had...

2017 Shamus Award Nominees Announced May31

2017 Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers Of America have announced the nominees for the 2017 Shamus Awards. The awards honor the best novels published in 2016, the winners will be announced at PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Toronto, Canada. Best Private Eye Novel Reed Farrel Coleman, Where It Hurts. Putnam Lindsey Davis, The Graveyard of the Hesperides. Minotaur Timothy Hallinan, Fields Where They Lay. Soho Crime Al Lamanda, With 6 You Get Wally. Gale Cengage Robert S. Levinson, The Stardom Affair. Five Star Best Original Private Eye Paperback Michael Craven, The Detective and the Chinese High-Fin. Harper Collins O’Neil De Noux, Hold Me, Babe. Big Kiss...

2017 Anthony Award Nominees May17

2017 Anthony Award Nominees

About the Anthony Awards: The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.   ANTHONY AWARD NOMINATIONS Best Novel You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott [Little, Brown] Where It Hurts – Reed Farrel Coleman [G.P. Putnam’s Sons] Red Right Hand – Chris Holm [Mulholland] Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman [William Morrow] A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny [Minotaur]   Best First Novel Dodgers – Bill Beverly [Crown] IQ – Joe Ide [Mulholland] Decanting a Murder – Nadine Nettmann [Midnight Ink] Design for...

Paullina Simons talks about reissue of RED LEAVES

Red Leaves by Paullina Simons was first published in the 1990s. Re-published this April it is as relevant today as it was back then. The first half of the book explores the relationship between four Dartmouth college students whose friendship seems to be unraveling. In the second half the mystery unfolds. The nude body of the star basketball player is found frozen in the snow in the campus woods. Called in to investigate Detective Spencer Patrick O’Malley realizes this is the same girl he met and had asked out on a date. Recognizing the three friends are people of interest he must find the truth behind all the secrets in order to find the...