Space Case by Stuart Gibbs Reviewed

SPACE CASE Stuart Gibbs 2015 Simon & Schuster SPACE CASE by Stuart Gibbs is a clever “whodunit” set in the year 2041, where NASA has rebooted and has made a permanent human colony on the moon, cleverly dubbed “Moon Base Alpha”. The story revolves around a 12 year old Hawaiian boy named Dashiell Gibson, a lunarnaut. Dashiell was sent with his family up to “Moon Base Alpha” because both his parents are brilliant scientists who were thought to do some good on MBA. They were told it would be full of all the comforts of home. The friendly description was far from the truth. Firstly, there were no murderers back home. Secondly, there was not...

Books & Movies That Grabbed Me and Never Let ...

There’s a lot bubbling under the surface of Japantown. Partly because I travel a lot. Partly because I look at a lot. And partly because I’m an American who has lived in Japan for more than two decades. I also maintain a rather dicey policy: I’ll try anything once. A relic from my more restless days. As a result, my curiosity ranges far, wide, and wider. I look for something extra. Call it substance, soul, or an extra ounce of magic. What follows is a sampling of stories—on paper and celluloid—that left me glued to my seat. BOOKS WITH AN INTRIGUING FOREIGN ELEMENT The Steam Pig by James McClure. Maybe the first guy to write a mystery about...

Thomas Harding is featured in this week’s giveaway Sep06

Thomas Harding is featured in this week’s gi...

Hope the start of September has been good for everyone.  Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is giving away copies of Thomas Harding’s HANNS AND RUDOLF: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz Part history, part biography, part true crime, Hanns and Rudolf chronicles the untold story of the Jewish investigator who pursued and captured one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious war criminals. May 1945. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for...

Q&A with James Lee Burke

Few would argue that James Lee Burke leads the list of the finest novelists America has ever produced. On the occasion of the release of his latest, LIGHT OF THE WORLD, which is featured in today’s FridayReads Giveaway, he was good enough to answer some questions for us.  What drew you to Montana, in real life and in fiction? In 1966 I was teaching in the Job Corps in eastern Kentucky and was offered a job in the English Department at the University of Montana in Missoula. That phone call forever changed our lives. As Steinbeck said, Montana is a love affair, one that never ends. In LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Dave and Clete fret about their...

Lisa Lutz: 5 Favorite Comics

Being loosely categorized as a crime novelist, I am inevitably asked on many occasions to cite my literary inspirations or list my five or ten favorite novelists or novels. I cannot deny that there are writers and novels that I adore, but I don’t feel confident tagging them as influences. I think of the Spellman series (The Last Word: Document #6 in stores July 9th) as comedic novels first and when I’m writing them I am a slave to the joke, because unlike plot, character, or pacing, a joke is utterly intangible. When I was child I was always drawn to comedy and comedians, and I continue to obsess over whatever impossible formula it is that...