Ace Atkins has been around and writing rich crime fiction for a long time. I’m surprised at how long it has taken me to find him, or even hear his name during the time it takes to write 12 novels.
He’s a journeyman writer, weaned as a crime reporter for The Tampa Tribune, and he came close to winning a Pulitzer Prize for his...
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Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder is perhaps the most intriguing novel I have ever read – certainly the most Byzantine crime fiction you’ll come across.
It takes place in 1909 New York City, a curious time of change from the old Victorian days to high-rise development, population explosion and fading...
The Shape of Water, published in Italy in 1994 and translated into English in 2002, is Andrea Camilleri’s first in a number of Sicilian crime novels featuring the fractious Inspector Salvo Montalbano – an Inspector Jacques Clouseau before the unfortunate dementia.
Håken Nesser is a brilliant writer who’s always at the top of his game.
Books reviewed in “Murder Ink” are not assigned and therefore not literary criticism in a true sense. Publishers send me crime fiction books hoping for a published review. I, in turn, read two or three a week to find the ones worthy of recommendation in this column.
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is a natural sequel to Chelsea Cain’s Heartsick, November’s “Murder Ink” review. They’re both about obsessive, matriarchal relationships, with men hanging by peculiar psycho-sexual strings wrapped around the fingers of manipulative shrews.