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MS #128, Winter 2013
2013 Winter Issue #128

Hello everyone,

The more you think you know about anything, the more you can be surprised. That was Kevin Burton Smith's reaction to his revealing interview with Sue Grafton in our Winter Issue #128. It turns out that the traumatic childhood of her detective Kinsey Millhone has some recognizable echoes in Grafton's own. 

The Winter Issue #128 also features a chat with scholar Amnon Kabatchnik about his brilliant Blood on the Stage, a four-volume history of crime, mystery, and detective plays. Daniel Stashower discusses The Hour of Peril, his true account of how Allan Pinkerton saved the life of Abraham LincolnEd Gorman discusses his top 10 John D. MacDonald novels, and, several of our contributors choose their "Fave Raves" for 2012

In "Desecrating Poe," Laura Miller discusses the celebration of the serial killer in crime fiction. She is particularly outraged that The Following, the new TV series about an Edgar Allan Poe-obsessed serial killer, is claiming the writer as a touchstone. I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on this topic. Write in and let's talk about it! 

Brian and I will be at Malice Domestic and the Edgars this spring, and at Bouchercon and Magna Cum Murder later on in the year. We hope to see you!

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Kate Stine
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Deon Meyer HEART OF THE HUNTER
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Writers on Reading  

C.J. Box on Tom Wolfe 

CJ Box

I make it a point to read widely. Fiction, nonfiction, literary, mystery...that's how my to-be-read pile is arranged. One reason for this - as well as pure curiosity - is strategic. I want my own books to flash glimmers of the real world beyond the plot or whodunit. I think it makes the books richer, and I know when I read that's what I'm on the lookout for.  

 

Tom Wolfe is as much journalist-slash-sociologist as novelist, and it's one of the many things I appreciate about him. Whether it's the New York City of Bonfire of the Vanities, the New South of A Man in Full, or the "Dupont University" of I Am Charlotte Simmons, the reader experience is intense because the novels provide total immersion in specific places....

 

Read C.J. Box's full essay at MysterySceneMag.com.

 

 

BREAKING POINT by CJ Box

 

C.J. Box's latest novel featuring Joe Pickett is Breaking Point (Putnam Adult, March 2013).

Author website:
www.cjbox.net


"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.
J.D. Robb CALCULATED IN DEATH
Article2Laughs from the Leftys
Jokes from Left Coast Crime's funniest nominees

Cat Writer
Writing an award-nominated novel is no laughing matter! But that didn't stop the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award nominees for Best Humorous Mystery from taking themselves most unseriously when they shared their favorite jokes with
Mystery Scene.

Check out Lefty nominees Mike Befeler (Cruising in Your Eighties is Murder), Laura DiSilverio (Swift Run), Jess Lourey (December Dread), and Brad Parks (The Girl Next Door) telling some of their favorite jokes at MysterySceneMag.com. Lisa Lutz (Trail of the Spellmans), and Nancy Glass West (Fit To Be Dead) were also nominated.

Congratulations to all the Left Coast Crime nominees! The 2012 winners will be honored at Left Coast Crime in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on March 23, 2013. Read the Leftys' jokes at MysterySceneMag.com.
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 "It would never do for me to lose my wits
in the presence of a man who had none
too many of his own." 

 

- Miss Amelia Butterworth, overcoming a faint spell

when she views her first body in That Affair Next Door

(1897), by Anna Katharine Green.  

 

In honor of March Women's History Month, Mystery Scene celebrates Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935), "The Mother of American Mystery" at www.mysteryscenemag.com

 

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March Film Picks 

directed by Gregory Marquette
Top Cat Productions, released March 1, 2013 
 
Genius On Hold 
Walter L. Shaw, inventor of the touch-tone phone, call waiting, and the White House "red phone" alert system, died penniless and unknown despite his groundbreaking telecommunications work. Shaw, whose work was also mixed up with the Mafia's, is the subject of a fascinating documentary, as told by Shaw's jewel thief son, Walter T. Shaw.
 
A Place Beyond the Pines
directed by Derek Cianfrance
starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Bradley Cooper
released March 29, 2013
 
Ryan Gosling (pictured) plays Luke, a motorcycle stuntman and new father who turns to robbing banks in order to support his lover (Eva Mendes) and their son. Bradley Cooper, as Avery Cross, is the ambitious cop in fast pursuit of the elusive thief in this film about guilt, justice, and revenge written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (who also directed Gosling in 2010's emotionally fraught relationship portrait My Blue Valentine).
 
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