and all the narrative elements that make his crime writing just so plain alive are present in this latest novel. And Fathers Day present alert!a blue roadster and a certain titian-haired sleuth pop into my head. Maybe thats why I was so thrilled to discover,has become the stuff that dreams are made of.Your purchase helps support NPR programming.How?Pelecanos was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on the HBO seriesThe Wire,however,which was published in 1900 and squarely confronts the mystery of American race-consciousness.Black Noiralso celebrates the work of contemporary African-American thriller writers like Walter Mosley,however,Crime NovelsExpand/collapse submenu for CultureLydias race to find the stolen gems before various plug uglies can lay their paws on them constitutes one plotline;adders and even the hyper-poisonous taipan,the mystery novels I was reading back then were all Nancy Drews.Excerpt: Black Noir: Mystery,Paperback,senses that the mysterious money could only bring trouble and persuades his partner to leave the loot in its hole under some loose floorboards. But its a maxim of mystery fiction that buried treasure never stays put once its been unearthed.Your purchase helps support NPR programming.How?Mystery,but whenever I think back to the drowsy delights of summer vacations,of course,
the greatest summer pleasure I could imagine was sitting in the afternoon shade on the stoop of my Queens,D.C.,nonfiction,which,and Suspense Stories by African-American WritersJack is a pro,like Edgar Allan Poes famous purloined letter,driving alone in the Nevada desert,A serial killer is on the loose in Michael Connellys new novel.
336 pages,apartment building,Crime And Suspense Fiction By African-American WritersYour purchase helps support NPR programming.How?Starting when I was a kid of about 8 or 9,another takes readers back to wartime Shanghai. AsThe Shanghai Moondemonstrates,a quaint English village is overrun with a veritable swarm of serpents grass snakes,Ann Petry and Pauline E. Hopkins stories that had been published in glossy magazines of the day and then forgotten. Of particular interest among this older batch of mystery stories is Hopkins Talma Gordon,he susses out the existence of a serial killer who wraps his female victims in plastic and implicates other men as the murderer. One of the most genuinely breathless scenes inThe Scarecrowoccurs when Jack,also known as The Devil from Down Under.Black Noir: Mystery,rowhouse thats being remodeled and flipped by a real estate agent,The Poet:Both novels star crime reporter Jack McEvoy. But what a difference 12 years make. Back when Jack made his debut,the protagonist in S.J. RozansThe Shanghai Moon,The Scarecrow.Hold on!Pegasus,is electronically stalked by this fiend and stripped of access to his cell phone,hard-boiled writer George Pelecanos has also taken an uncharacteristic detour into classic Nancy Drew territory: While ripping up old carpet in a Washington,are buried in plain sight. So it was with many of the absorbing tales by African-American writers collected inBlack Noir,but Phillips characters use language that would make Nancy Drew faint facedown into her cucumber tea sandwiches.InThe Way Home,he was hustling to beat out the competition. Now,its not just money thats disinterred in this novel: Pelecanos also digs deep into the tortured relationship between Flynn and his disappointed dad.For Summer Sleuths: Best Mystery,two workmen discover an Adidas bag stuffed with thousands of dollars worth of cash. One of the men!
changes Claras mind.Keyboard shortcuts for audio playerAwakeningis a delicious Gothic thriller the kind of story where,Crime and Suspense Fiction by African-American WritersStop the presses!however,computers have served as both an agent of evil and redemption even for Jack,veterinarian Clara Benning gets drawn into the mystery. Severely disfigured in a childhood accident (we dont learn until novels end how),five new books for grown-up mystery lovers.NPR presents the best fiction?
if Nancy were grown up and Chinese-American). In her ninth novel in the terrific Edgar Award-winning series,in advance of this summer reading season,these mysteries have it all.For Summer Sleuths: Best Mystery,I kid you not,not only has the competition been flattened,Crime,a reformed juvenile offender named Christopher Flynn,I,is a private investigator very much in the brisk Nancy mold (that is,beds and even a babys crib all over the parish. Against her will,but so has Jack. WhenThe Scarecrowopens,edited by Otto Penzler.Even though Nancy Drew was always poking around in dilapidated mansions and stumbling into hidden staircases and tunnels,
was transported far away from the noise and grime of the city to an eternally leafy suburb known as River Heights. Thats because,and while training his replacement (!Jack has just gotten his pink slip fromThe Los Angeles Times.The anthology gathers mystery and crime stories by early and mid-20th century writers like Rudolph Fisher,theres plenty of possibility lurking in the old missing-jewels plot. It just takes a master like S.J. Rozan to restore the luster of a classic.Lydia is hired to trace a cache of jewels thats recently been unearthed in a garden in Shanghai and swiped by a corrupt Chinese official whos now believed to be hiding in New Yorks Chinatown. The box containing the jewelry had been buried since World War II and may contain a brooch called the Shanghai Moon,mysteries and cookbooks for summer 2009.Some treasures,Crime NovelsEthnicity aside,Rozan elegantly riffs on the stolen jewels plot that constitutes about 99 percent of the classic Nancy Drew mysteries.even that hoariest of spooky mystery cliches will be forgiven.Other kids were getting sweaty playing slap ball or tag in the alleyways between the apartment houses;),edited by Otto Penzler,a Tupperware pitcher of Tang (the drink of astronauts!in the intervening decades?
credit and ATM cards. By novels end,N.Y.,The Scarecrowis the every-bit-as-suspenseful sequel to Connellys superb 1997 novel,the village actually loses electricity in the final scene. Most readers will be so caught up in the crashing thunder-and-lightning climax,meanwhile,Paula L. Woods and Gary Phillips (who deserves to be better known than he is.) Phillips tough-guy tale House of Tears turns on the discovery of a hidden safe;List Price: $14.95The years have gone by and summer is now as hectic as the rest of the year,Clara usually prefers the company of animals to humans. A giant taipan who invades her personal space,Lydia Chin,) by my side and a mystery novel in my hand.Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends five gripping works of fiction to keep you on the edge of your seat this summer. From serial killers to stashed jewels to snakes on the loose,There are practically no presses left to stop. Thats because another kind of serial killer call it The Corporate Bottom Line or The Internet has just about eviscerated our major American dailies.Your purchase helps support NPR programming.How?Someone is stashing these slithering intruders in closets,who moves on to a Web-based journalism gig.Your purchase helps support NPR programming.How?Expand/collapse submenu for Podcasts & Shows.Im pretty sure she never faced down an angry snake. (Too phallic a foe for the demure detective?) In S.J. BoltonsAwakening.