Interview with Hard Case Crime Founder, Charles Ardai

"I don’t need a second-rate Chandler. I need a first-rate you": An Interview with Hard Case Crime Founder, Charles Ardai

Interview by Max Booth III
Writing a novel in 27 days. Comparing novelizations to novels. What to consider before submitting to Hard Case Crime. Plus - Lawrence Block's lost debut novel rediscovered!

Wanted: 8 of Literature's Most Dangerous Couples

Column by Leah Dearborn February 11, 2016
“Dangerous” depends on your point of view, but these characters generally fit the bill if you're a law-abiding human being with a sliver of common sense.

Blood and Cigarettes: Charlie Huston's Use of Time in the Joe Pitt Casebooks

Column by Bart Bishop
An analysis of Charlie Huston's stylistic handling of time in the Joe Pitt Casebooks.

4 Storytelling Lessons We Can Learn from the Giant Fuckup that was True Detective Season 2

Column by Cath Murphy September 8, 2015
Even Colin Farrell's moustache couldn't save TD2 from being a giant disappointment. We can learn. We can do better.

The Butler Did It: Why We Always Blame the Servants

Column by Leah Dearborn August 19, 2015
The guilty butler trope appears to damn servants by their employment status alone. After all, they know everything about the victim’s daily routine, and they’re always suspiciously nearby.
Bookshots: 'Rubbernecker' by Belinda Bauer

Bookshots: 'Rubbernecker' by Belinda Bauer

Review by Cath Murphy
Bauer's latest novel might have a tabloidy true crime feel, but this is tabloid with the weirdness dial turned all the way up to eleven.
"The Disassembled Man" by Jon Bassoff

Bookshots: "The Disassembled Man" by Jon Bassoff

Review by Christine J. Schmidt
You've never read gross like this.

5 Crime Short Story Writers You Should Be Reading Right Now

Column by Keith Rawson
No, seriously, you should be reading these crime writers RIGHT NOW!
Busted: Highway Book Dumper Identified

Busted: Highway Book Dumper Identified

News by Peter Derk
The man dumping books along a Colorado highway has been identified.
10 Questions With Lynn Kostoff

10 Questions With Lynn Kostoff

Interview by Keith Rawson April 15, 2015
LitReactor goes 10 rounds with legendary crime novelist, Lynn Kostoff.
Bookshots: ‘Knuckleball’ by Tom Pitts

Bookshots: ‘Knuckleball’ by Tom Pitts

Review by Keith Rawson April 3, 2015
A brief review of San Francisco based crime writer Tom Pitts latest novella, ‘Knuckleball’.
Bookshots: ‘Werewolf Cop’ By Andrew Klavan

Bookshots: ‘Werewolf Cop’ By Andrew Klavan

Review by Keith Rawson March 16, 2015
A brief review of Andrew Klavan's latest novel, 'Werewolf Cop.'
The Pencil is Mightier Than The Sword

The Pencil is Mightier Than The Sword

News by Peter Derk
Three stabbings and one new art form. A pretty big week for the pencil.
Colorado Highway Becomes Book Dump

Colorado Highway Becomes Book Dump

News by Peter Derk February 27, 2015
Someone has been dumping books on a Colorado highway. Who is this mysterious critic/lazy jerk?
The Black Hood Returns: An Interview with Duane Swierczynski

The Black Hood Returns: An Interview with Duane Swierczynski

Interview by Nik Korpon February 25, 2015
We sat down to talk with writer Duane Swierczynski about relaunching the Black Hood comic line this month.
Bookshots: 'Formerly Fingerman' by Joe Nelms

Bookshots: 'Formerly Fingerman' by Joe Nelms

Review by Leah Rhyne January 12, 2015
In Joe Nelms' 'Formerly Fingerman', the classic Mafia tale gets a silly, giggly, heartbreaking makeover.
Bookshots: "120 Doses" by Neil Krolicki

Bookshots: "120 Doses" by Neil Krolicki

Review by Richard Thomas
Port Drogo is known for criminals and radical reconstructive surgeries. Can Owen Jelinsky find his story, and get out alive?
David Fincher and James Ellroy Plan HBO Noir Series

UPDATED: David Fincher and James Ellroy's HBO Noir Series A Go

News by Joshua Chaplinsky December 19, 2014
The future of "Must Watch" TV.

Noir at the Bar: An Oral History

Column by Keith Rawson December 3, 2014
An oral history of nationwide crime fiction community phenomena: Noir at the Bar.
Bookshots: ‘The Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid

Bookshots: ‘The Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid

Review by Dean Fetzer
A skeleton, found on the roof of a crumbling building in Edinburgh, leads DCI Karen Pirie to the Balkan Wars and the lofty heights of Oxford.
Bookshots: 'Last Winter We Parted' by Fuminori Nakamura

Bookshots: 'Last Winter We Parted' by Fuminori Nakamura

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard October 21, 2014
When a young writer is assigned to interview a death row inmate, his discoveries could lead to the unravelling of both a macabre mystery and, if he's not careful--his own tenuous grip on sanity.
Someimes the Wolf

Bookshots: 'Sometimes the Wolf' by Urban Waite

Review by Cath Murphy October 8, 2014
Comparisons to Cormac McCarthy are justified. Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd type.

Arrest Us! And The Winners Are... (Part 2)

Column by Nathan Scalia October 7, 2014
You've been waiting for it. You've been begging for it. You've been sending us unsettling, strange-smelling letters about it. We're now sufficiently freaked out to announce the Arrest Us winners!
Arrest Us Winners

Arrest Us! And The Winners Are... (Part 1)

News by Nathan Scalia August 12, 2014
We announce the winners of the publisher prize packs and the celebrity critiques for the Arrest Us! crime contest! There are exclamation points!