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Hi everyone,

The Summer Issue of Mystery Scene has just gone to press and will be making its way to you in the next few weeks. Here's a preview:

In a short but productive career, Michael Koryta has attracted plenty of admiration from PI fans. His latest book, So Cold the River strikes out for new territory--it's a dark thriller with supernatural overtones, la Stephen King. Kevin Burton Smith investigates.

We also talk to another bright new talent, Stefanie Pintoff who just won an Edgar Award for her debut novel, In the Shadow of Gotham. And going to the other extreme, Carolyn Hart thoughtfully discusses her long and successful career.

Remember Alvin Fernald and his Magnificent Brain? The whiz kid detective is returning to bookstores and we talk to series creator Clifford B. Hicks about Alvin's new adventures.

Courtroom fiction expert Jon L. Breen offers an overview of Scott Turow's entire career--including the new sequel to Presumed Innocent.

Lawrence Block remembers the engagingly eccentric Henry Kane; and we review over a 100 great books, films, TV shows, audiobooks and more - just in time for summer reading.

Sincerely,
Kate Stine
Editor-in-Chief

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P.S. And just one more thing...don't miss Tom Nolan's entertaining visit with William Link, co-creator of TV's beloved Lt. Columbo!

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Never Wave Goodbye by Doug Magee

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Miss Marple Masterpiece MYSTERY!
Series V brings 3 new Miss Marple mysteries to PBS
Miss Marple: Blue Geranium
Acclaimed British actress Julia McKenzie stars as the beloved sleuth Miss Marple in the all-new Series V featuring three episodes. Two encore presentations from Series IV will also be presented.

New Episodes
June 20, 2010 at 9pm
"Miss Marple: The Secret of Chimneys"

June 27, 2010 at 9pm
"Miss Marple: Blue Geranium"

Encore Episodes
June 6, 2010 at 9pm
"Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye"

June 13, 2010 at 9pm
"Miss Marple: Murder is Easy"
Overheard

Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo
"When Fist Full of Dollars opened in Tokyo, [Akira] Kurosawa's friends called him up and said, 'You must see this picture.' Kurosawa replied, 'Yes, I understand it's rather like Yojimbo.' His friends corrected him, 'No...it is Yojimbo. You have to sue those people.'
'I can't sue them,' Kurosawa confessed, 'because Yojimbo is Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.'"


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Roger Corman in Journey, the autobiography of David Carradine

Pictured: film poster for Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961)
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Writers on Reading: Michael Koryta
Before Lehane, before Chandler, there was Keith Robertson and The Crow and the Castle

Crow and the CastleI've written many times and at some length about the most influential crime novel of my reading life, which was Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane, but most of the Mystery Scene readers are surely familiar with Dennis and his work, so it seems prudent, or at least a little more interesting, to follow Carolyn Hart's lead and take it back a step.

The first mystery I ever read was a young adult novel called The Crow and the Castle by Keith Robertson. Robertson was best known for his humorous Henry Reed stories but The Crow and the Castle was a mystery featuring the "Carson Street Detective Agency," a crow named Hector, a missing chess piece with a jewel inside, and a cranky retired Navy captain. Robertson wrote many young adult mysteries that were wonderful reads, anchored in characters who often had a love affair with the land around them, the history of that land, and with the weather. If you doubt the influence of a childhood read, check out So Cold the River and consider those three elements.
 
I wrote a letter to Keith Robertson and mailed it to his New Jersey farm when I was eight years old. It arrived the month of his death, September 1991, and he never read it. His son, Jeff, did. He wrote a response. I wrote back. He held up the chain. We corresponded for years, and I read every book his father wrote, and I mimicked them shamelessly in my own writing attempts, and from The Crow and the Castle I found Raymond Chandler and from Chandler I found Lehane and...you see.
 
Another note - the book was long out of print by the time I read it. It was a childhood favorite of my father, and he remembered it, and the library had it. The tale outlasts the teller, always, and that's one of the great joys of this craft.


So Cold the River by Michael KorytaMichael Koryta's latest standalone is So Cold the River (Little, Brown and Company, June 2010).
www.michaelkoryta.com

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