Writing Lessons from the Dead: Elmore Leonard

Column by Max Booth III August 7, 2014
Is Max losing his mind? Yeah, probably.
Arrest Us! The Final Stretch

Arrest Us! The Final Stretch

News by Nathan Scalia July 14, 2014
The Arrest Us! reading deadline is in two weeks. Are you ready for the fireworks?
Bookshots: 'The Other Side: A Memoir' by Lacy M. Johnson

Bookshots: 'The Other Side: A Memoir' by Lacy M. Johnson

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard
After she escapes kidnapping and rape by an ex-boyfriend, an aspiring writer fights to reclaim her sanity...and her story.
News, Prompts, Crime, Arrest Us, Writing Challenge

Arrest Us: LitReactor's Crime Fiction Writing Challenge Is Open For Submissions

News by Rob Hart June 2, 2014
Our crime fiction writing challenge is open to submissions! Get 'em in! Read some stuff!
Bookshots: 'Cold in July' by Joe R. Lansdale

Bookshots: 'Cold in July' by Joe R. Lansdale

Review by Chris Rosales
Bookshots: Cold in July. The novel that inspired the new film by the same name.
Arrest Us, Crime, News, Prompts, Site, Writing Challenge

'Arrest Us' - Announcing LitReactor's Crime Fiction Writing Challenge

News by Rob Hart May 19, 2014
Are you ready for the next big writing challenge? This time we're doing crime fiction! New genre. New rules. New prizes. Get in there.

Footnotes: The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre Love Affair

Column by Ryan Peverly February 14, 2014
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre helped re-establish the antihero in fiction, established a new genre of choice for Americans, and remembering it is the best way to celebrate a bullshit holiday.
Russian Man Stabbed To Death For Asserting Poetry Is Not Literature

Russian Man Stabbed To Death For Asserting Poetry Is Not Literature

News by Sean May January 31, 2014
A man in Russia's Ural Mountains was stabbed to death in an argument over whether or not poetry has literary value.
Search for ‘Greatest Crime Novel Ever Written’

Search for ‘Greatest Crime Novel Ever Written’

News by Dean Fetzer October 21, 2013
The Crime Writers’ Association has asked its 600-strong membership to choose the ‘finest published example of literary sleuthing’ in a new poll with a shortlist including Agatha Christie and Chandler.
Bookshots: 'The Double' by George Pelecanos

Bookshots: 'The Double' by George Pelecanos

Review by Teeney Hood October 8, 2013
In the second novel in the Spero Lucas series by Pelecanos, the D.C. based private investigator tackles a murder and a missing painting.
Hunt for Pablo Neruda's Killer

Hunt for Pablo Neruda's Killer Officially Underway

News by Christopher Shultz June 4, 2013
After his body's exhumation in April, new information has surfaced that may lead police to the poet's assassin.

Seduction of the Innocent: The Story Behind the Story

Column by Max Allan Collins
A fascinating look at the censorship witch hunt of comic books in the 1950s as reflected in the exciting new noir novel, "Seduction of the Innocent" by Max Allan Collins.

LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2012 - Genre Edition

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky December 27, 2012
Submitted for your approval (or derision): Members of the LitReactor staff offer up their favorite reads, old and new, of 2012-- genre style!
10 Questions with Matthew McBride

10 Questions With Matthew McBride

Interview by Rob Hart December 4, 2012
Sometimes a title is so good, you just have to read the book. 'Frank Sinatra in a Blender' is like that. We posed 10 questions to the author, debut novelist Matthew McBride.
10 Questions, Chris F. Holm

10 Questions With Chris F. Holm

Interview by Rob Hart November 8, 2012
Chris F. Holm, whose Collector series "[recasts] the battle between heaven and hell as Golden Era crime pulp," gets grilled by LitReactor.
Inmates Read Their Way Out Of Jail

Brazilian Inmates Read Their Way Out Of Jail

News by Kimberly Turner June 26, 2012
Brazil's new Redemption Through Reading program allows inmates in four federal prisons to knock up to 48 days a year off their sentences by reading books and writing book reports.
Who Is The Alleged Book Of Mormon Thief?

Update: Who Is The Alleged Book Of Mormon Thief?

News by Kimberly Turner June 13, 2012
A suspect has been arrested for the theft of a first-edition Book Of Mormon. His online profile raises some interesting questions about his intentions.
Book Of Mormon Stolen For Protection?

$100,000 First-Edition Book Of Mormon Stolen For Protection?

News by Kimberly Turner June 1, 2012
A first-edition Book Of Mormon valued at $100,000 was stolen from an Arizona book store. But was it stolen for the money or to protect it from its owner, who was mutilating the sacred text for money?

Lady, Go Die!: A Behind The Scenes Look At Completing Mickey Spillane's Lost 'Mike Hammer' Novels

Column by Max Allan Collins May 7, 2012
A behind the scenes look at how Max Allan Collins co-authored and helped finish the lost works of Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer' novels.

Craig Clevenger Asks Crime Fiction Instructor, David Corbett, Three Questions!

Column by Craig Clevenger January 13, 2012
In anticipation of our upcoming 8-wk master class with award winning writer, David Corbett, friend and fellow author Craig Clevenger shoots him three questions on the subject of crime fiction.
Christa Faust to debut hardboiled lesbian erotica series

Christa Faust to Debut Hardboiled Lesbian Erotica Series

News by Rob Hart
Christa Faust, author of pulp hits Money Shot and Choke Hold, is writing a hardboiled erotica series following a lesbian private investigator
'Double Dexter' by Jeff Lindsay

'Double Dexter' by Jeff Lindsay

Review by Brandon Tietz October 20, 2011
In the sixth installment of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, Dexter Morgan continues dispensing his personal brand of justice, but everything changes when he’s caught in the act by a mysterious witness.
"Djibouti" by Elmore Leonard

"Djibouti" by Elmore Leonard

Review by Keith Rawson October 18, 2011
Pirates, documentary filmmakers, and a race around the African coastline make up the latest from the king of all crime fiction, Elmore Leonard. Avast!