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Take a Literary World Tour Alongside Paul Manafort’s Dirty Money!
An Essential Book from Every Country Where Paul Manafort Allegedly Laundered His Money
The first arrests in a major investigation tend to inspire a little soul-searching from all involved. On the one hand, there’s...
October 30, 2017 By
How One Authoritarian Regime Made Another One Look Good
On Taking a Knee, Unity, and a Rare PR Victory for the NFL
Yesterday, free speech finally got the “Football Night in America” makeover it so desperately needed, complete with half-time...
September 25, 2017 By
Attica Locke on the Rise of the Aryan Brotherhood, and Never Quite Leaving East Texas
The Author of
Talks About Her Roots, the Blues, and Cowboy Boots
Attica Locke knows that her new book, Bluebird, Bluebird, is going to take on a life of its own. That’s what happens your...
September 21, 2017 By
10 Gritty Crime Novels That Will Take You to the 1970s NYC of The Deuce
From Chester Himes to Lawrence Block, a Tour of New York's Underbelly
Charm isn’t the right word, but there’s something about New York as it was in the 1970s that still holds a grip on us today....
September 20, 2017 By
The Greatest Wine Forger in the World
On Our Fascination with Scammers, Conmen, and Dupers of the Super-Rich
Just before dawn on the morning of March 8th, 2012, a team of a dozen FBI agents in bulletproof vests drove through the streets...
August 30, 2017 By
At the Birth of Crime Photography, Mug Shots and Death Scenes
From a New York Beat Cop to a Parisian Artist, Documenting the Victim
Documenting a crime—never a simple task whether for evidence, publicity or posterity—requires a balance of science and art....
August 28, 2017 By
Stop Comparing the Kim Wall Murder to Scandinavian Crime Fiction
Sometimes the World is Dark Enough As It Is
We’re used to fiction being ripped from the headlines. A basis in reality guarantees authenticity, or so the thinking goes,...
August 25, 2017 By
Daniel Silva on Seeing His Thriller
Plots Come True
In Conversation with the Author of
The Black Widow
In 2017, reason and savvy—two qualities that have always been highly valued in the espionage trade—don’t often factor...
August 23, 2017 By
OJ Simpson is One-Man Book Industry
Everyone Who Knows the Man Seems to Think They Have a Book in Them
If somebody asked you who is Orenthal James Simpson and why does he matter, where would you start? With the Heisman Trophy?...
July 28, 2017 By
Beach Reads. About Murder.
At the Actual Beach.
Crime By the Sea, From Thomas Pynchon to Elmore Leonard
Come summer, I’m happiest sitting on the porch of a rundown cottage in a coastal town gone to seed, with the sun just down...
July 19, 2017 By
10 Great Spy Thrillers That Could Be
New York Times
Is Donald Trump the Last Move in the Cold War?
The cast of characters is almost too much to believe: a Russian pop star, a British tabloid veteran, an attorney with mysterious...
July 14, 2017 By
Leonardo Padura on a Lost Generation of Cubans, and the Arrogance of Trump
One of the Americas Great Crime Writers Talks to Dwyer Murphy
At this point, it’s fair to wonder whether relations between the US and Cuba will ever really be “normal.” Only a hundred...
July 12, 2017 By
Don Winslow on Crooked NYC Cops and Legalizing Heroin
The Chronicler of the Mexican Cartels Turns His Gaze to the Police State
It used to be there was a bubble over parts of New York, an illusion of peace and prosperity that seemed to hang over the Upper...
June 28, 2017 By
Can You Have Quidditch without
How an Oddball Nerd Hobby Grew into a Semi-Professional Sport
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is celebrating 20 years in print, but when it comes to the book’s beloved pastime,...
June 26, 2017 By
At a Sword Fight with a Modern-Day Swashbuckler (in a Harlem Basement)
Dwyer Murphy Goes Underground to Get the Story of Lawrence Ellsworth
Lawrence Ellsworth’s dueling days are mostly over. For one thing, his knees are a little balky. For another, his knuckles...
June 1, 2017 By
Crooks, Liars, and Spies: 10 Great Books of Washington Intrigue
Once a Swamp, Always a Swamp
Hardly a news cycle goes by these days without some bombshell allegation splashing across the front of The Washington Post with...
May 26, 2017 By
Book Lovers Make the Best Sleuths
A Reading List of Crime Fiction with a Bookish Bent
There is, at the start of the trailer for the 1946 film version of The Big Sleep, a surreal vignette in which Humphrey Bogart,...
May 10, 2017 By
David Grann on Taking True Crime
to the Big Screen
From the Osage Indian Murders to the Lost Cities of the Amazon
Over the course of his career, David Grann has spent extensive time with killers, confidence men, spies, hustlers, informants,...
April 18, 2017 By
When Baseball Fantasy Crashes Into Reality
Where Are They Now: The Oakland A's 2002 Draft Class
The 2017 Major League Baseball season is underway and every year around this time, before committing to the many, many hours...
April 6, 2017 By
The Wild, Weird Criminal Side of Florida
Dwyer Murphy Finds Blood, Guns, and Corpses at SleuthFest 2017
When it comes to crime fiction, I try to keep an open mind and not to judge anyone by the types of misdeeds and perversions...
March 20, 2017 By
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