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Festival of Books: What's the secret to making a crime novel work?
Festival of Books: What's the secret to making a crime novel work?

To write a good mystery novel, you've got to have a strong sense of place. Otherwise, said novelist Steph Cha, it's just a plot. At a crime fiction panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, writers Daniel Pyne ("Fifty Mice"), Naomi Hirahara ("Grave on Grand Avenue"), Attica Locke ("Pleasantville") and Cha ("Follow Her Home") talked about accurately describing places portrayed in their novels, whether it's Los Angeles or Houston. FULL COVERAGE: FESTIVAL OF BOOKS Locke discussed the evolution of Houston's diversity, which played a role in her two novels. "Houston in '81 looked very...

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