| Feb 15, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Dick Francis, the British jockey-turned-mystery writer, died at home in the Cayman Islands on Sunday. He was 89. The son of a Welsh horse breeder, Francis fought in World War II before becoming a jockey. He was a champion steeplechase......
| Feb 17, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Martin Scorsese is a great director, but "Shutter Island" is not a great film. Whether it's even a good film is debatable; your reaction is likely to depend on your tolerance for certain narrative devices (i.e., tricks). It's 1954; out of a fog a ferry...
| Feb 25, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Dean R. Koontz had been writing for more than 30 years before he decided to do a book signing, and when he finally did, in 2001, he chose to sign at Book Carnival in Orange. Founder Ed Thomas made Book......
| Apr 1, 2010
In the annals of demonology, William Peter Blatty falls somewhere between St. Augustine and Joss Whedon.
He isn't the first person who's ever written about demons and demonic possession, but he has provided us with one of the genre's most memorable...
| Apr 4, 2010
I should admit up front that my favorite narrators tend to be unreliable. While other readers seek comfort or order, a breather from life's everyday chaos and bad news, I like having my consciousness pricked by protagonists who don't understand their...
| Apr 12, 2010
A patient came to Elizabeth Kearney with a dilemma: whether to go to medical school.
There were a lot of physicians in his family and he wanted to be a doctor, but medicine was not the only thing in his genes — one of his parents had Huntington's...
| Mar 19, 2010
Start with a hack writer as narrator. Add a serial killer and you could have a recipe for another cliché-ridden piece of crime fiction.
But in his first novel, "The Serialist," David Gordon walks the cliché tightrope and succeeds. The book is funny, with...
| Mar 20, 2010
Whether it's last year's "Black Water Rising," Attica Locke's legal thriller set in 1980s Houston, or Dan Fesperman's Vlado Petric mysteries, a little history with my mystery makes the pages fly. Popular of late have been mysteries set between World...
| May 2, 2010
Crime fiction, for good or for ill, adheres to a discrete series of states. Order out of chaos — that's the mystery novel, hard-boiled or cozy, in a nutshell. Chaos out of order — that's the ethos of noir. Those existential constraints are...
| Feb 7, 2010
My two private eye novels tweak some of the conventions of the genre and pose questions about the messy nature of identity and reality, but at their core, they are about crime. So I'm a crime writer, right? Then let's set the scene:
A man drives into a...
| May 22, 2010
"Lost," the most complicated series in the history of television, will come to its end Sunday and without having seen a second of its 2 1/2-hour conclusion, I prophesy that it will leave many viewers unsatisfied, either because it will say too much or not...