CUBA AND THE KENNEDYS Nov16

CUBA AND THE KENNEDYS

With the 50th anniversary of JFK assassination coming up in a few weeks, all the conspiracy theorists are coming out of the closet to take center stage. And while there are more theories about JFK’s murder than Carter’s Little Liver Pills— even Stephen King weighed in with his 11/22/63— we still don’t have a definitive explanation. I’m not alone in wondering what the real story is. Happily, in my research for HAVANA LOST, my thriller set in Cuba, I came across some interesting books that fed my interest in Cuba and the JFK assassination. One was written by a Cuban; the other by journalists Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann. In fact, what I’m...

Mystery Box Authors Q&A

Selected by Brad Meltzer, THE MYSTERY BOX is an exceptional new collection of short stories from some of our favorite writers. We have copies of THE MYSTERY BOX to give away this week with FridayReads, and some of the contributors were good enough to answer a few questions for us… Brad Meltzer What are you reading now? SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan. Which book(s) or author(s) do you recommend most frequently? I shove good crime comics down the throat of anyone who will listen. Try Criminal by Ed Brubaker. Trust me. Why did “the mystery box” make such a great theme? We all have mystery boxes in our lives. And not just ones with severed...

Guilty Pleasures: Libby Fischer Hellman May25

Guilty Pleasures: Libby Fischer Hellman

“If Love is the Answer could you rephrase the Question?” Lily Tomlin made that comment decades ago, but it makes total sense for me today. The question – rephrased, of course — is what film constitutes my guilty pleasure. The answer, actually, is “Love, Actually.” I can’t resist it. Every time it shows on cable, I find myself drawn in. I watch it – again – and I love it – again. It’s silly, it’s cynical, it’s melodramatic, and Hugh Grant dances around in his underwear. What more could you want? (Editor’s note: Hugh is fully dressed when he does his little dance, it was Tom Cruise, in Risky Business, that did his dance in his...

THEY’RE BACK and OZARK NOIR: Libby on THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE & WINTER’S BONE. Aug13

THEY’RE BACK and OZARK NOIR: Libby on THE GIRL WHO...

Occasionally author/film critic/bane of skunks and other assorted critters Libby Fischer Hellmann provides Crimespree with her thoughts on cinema. Today, she writes about a pair of crime films, both of which come from novels. If you’re a Stieg Larsson fan — and who isn’t? — you probably know that the Swedish version film of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is out. Lisbeth, Mikael, Erika, plus all the bad guys are back, circling around each other like tigers, waiting for the moment to strike. Lisbeth is again the silent but genius nerd, making herself as unappealing as possible. Mikael is compassionate, and Erika (who had...

Film Review: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Mar26

Film Review: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Hey folks!The always cool Miz Libby Hellmann has kindly agreed to share her writing skills and opinionated nature to offer up a review of film version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. If you are not familiar with her, check out her website and get acquainted with this talented writer and very cool lady.THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Film ReviewFor those of you who loved Steig Larson’s novel, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, you’re in for a treat. The film, directed by Danish director Niels Arden Oplev and released in the U.S. last week, is just as good. Maybe better.The novel, for anyone who’s been on Jupiter for the past few...