Dark Passages: An Archive of Columns

Dark Passages: Pursued by the 'crooked' past

In Tom Franklin's Southern gothic tale, two men find their long-disrupted friendship complicated by secrets and misunderstandings.

Dark Passages: Where American dreams go to die

In 'A Stranger Like You' and 'Chosen,' criminal impulses collide with wishes for Hollywood success and a baby of one's own.

Dark Passages: Real estate noir

Intrigue and murder involving commercial property abound in Justin Peacock's thriller 'Blind Man's Alley.'

Dark Passages: Writers lost and found

With 'Hailey's War,' Jodi Compton makes a comeback — of sorts.

Dark Passages: Michael Koryta tackles ghosts new and old

'So Cold the River' is a departure from the author's previous crime novels that heads straight for supernatural territory.

Dark Passages: The Anxious Fiction of Emily St. John Mandel

The Anxious Fiction of Emily St. John Mandel

Dark Passages: Can you trust what you hear?

Dark Passages: Boarding school gothic

Dark Passages: Knockout debuts of the 'decade'

Dark Passages: The lesson of a master

Dark Passages: Dissecting the Detectives, Part 1

Dark Passages: How to freshen up a detective series

Dark Passages: Seeking peace for himself and his victims

Dark Passages: Manly adventures with Gabriel Hunt

Where few men dare to tread

The French detection

The race to the finish line

Sleuths in their youth

When comics and crime combine

The Holocaust-era gumshoe

The crime-solving menagerie

Who owns Edgar Allan Poe?

Move over, Charlie Chan

They all disappear

Rediscovering early fictional America detective James Brampton

Same game, different rules


The summer serendipity of 'blanc fiction'

Serially thrilling

Charlotte, Oscar & Co.

Posthumously yours

More than elementary, dear Watson

Smiley's model

Mind games

Post-9/11 thrillers

The what-might-have-been genre

Booze & private eyes

When graphic novelists turn to prose, the result is something wicked