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Fall Issue #126 Contents




Broadcast Clues Hank Phillippi Ryan

An awarding-winning investigative journalist brings her expertise to bear on her fiction.
by Oline H. Cogdill


Books to Die For: Ross Macdonald’s The Chill

A thoughtful look at a celebrated author by one of contemporary crime fiction’s leading lights.
by John Connolly


Attica Locke

Past injustices and present inequities intersect at a Louisiana plantation in this talented newcomer’s latest.
by Oline H. Cogdill


Robert Barnard: A Talent to Entertain

An appreciation of this English author’s sharp wit and stellar plots.
by Martin Edwards


Action Figures We’d Like to See

Forgot all those plastic Luke Skywalkers and Batmen, these PIs should be action figures.
by Kevin Burton Smith


The Murders in Memory Lane: Now We Call It Mid-Century Erotica

It might not have been literature, but it was the beginning of a literary career.
by Lawrence Block


“If Books Could Kill” Mystery Crossword

by Verna Suit



At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Thriller, Dagger, Ngaio Marsh, and Ned Kelly Awards. Harper Lee Prize. Kate Carlisle on reading Prince of Tides; Bibliophile "Find the Difference Game."

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention


Cunning and underrated: Derailed with Jennifer Aniston
by Ed Gorman

New Books

Remnants of the Civil War
by Don Helin


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

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