| May 27, 2010
| 4:34 PM
The L.A. Times bestseller list gets darkly beachy this week with the entry of "Point Dume" by Katie Arnoldi. The book, which is at No. 9 on our hardcover fiction list, is about crime and drugs in the Malibu community.......
| Jun 6, 2010
The Dark End of the Street
New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors
Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan
Illustrations by Jonathan Santlofer
Bloomsbury: 292 pp., $16 paper
To a fan, there's nothing like a good mystery anthology....
| Dec 23, 2010
NEW YORK — For someone steeped in murder, grift and shady characters, Otto Penzler is remarkably cheerful.
"I'm the happiest person you know. I am an optimist, I'm happy, I love life, I love friends, I love my job," he says in his book-lined...
| Sep 12, 2010
Fall, it seems, starts earlier every year. Certainly, that's true of publishing: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" — arguably the big book of the season — has been a topic of discussion since mid-August, while other anticipated titles (Tom...
| Nov 18, 2011
I used to have a rural fantasy. Then I started reading the Jack Reacher novels.
True, plane rides are now less painful thanks to Lee Child's rough-and-tough hero, a former U.S. Army MP — but I'll never again be able to drive along the lonelier...
| Dec 4, 2011
A Reacher Novel
Delacorte Press, $28
Knuckle-busting crime-solver Jack Reacher returns with a story from his early years involving a murder near a military base and how he became a maverick hero.
After the Apocalypse
| Dec 6, 2011
David Guterson has won 2011's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The tongue-in-cheek prize was presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday. As in years past, the award-winning author was not in attendance.
Guterson was awarded the prize for writing a marathon...
| Mar 2, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"Ulysses" (Vintage: $17 paper) is the description of a single day, June 16, 1904, a day in the mingled lives of characters walking, talking, dreaming, eating, drinking, mourning and climaxing their way through the hours of an average...
| Dec 6, 2009
Note: This is the first of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: series characters as viewed by their creators.
In an essay for the Wall Street Journal last spring, Alexander McCall Smith explains the...
| Jun 7, 2009
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. || 4 ||
|| 2. || Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (Delacorte: $27)...
| Jun 14, 2009
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown : $27.99) A recently downsized reporter investigates a serial killer who uses his computer job to find his victims. || 1 ||
|| 2. || Shanghai Girls...