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What’s a Mystery Writer to Do When His Hero Loses His Crime-Fighting Job?

A lot of mystery story heroes used to do something else for a living. For example, Robert B. Parker’s series character, Jesse Stone, was a professional baseball player before he became a police chief. Ace Atkins’s Quinn Colson was a … Continue reading

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“The Double” By George Pelecanos: My Review

George Pelecanos has long been one of our finest crime novelists. His latest, The Double, is the second in his series featuring Spero Lucas, an Iraq War veteran turned Washington, D.C., private detective. The book is a throwback, hardboiled story … Continue reading

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My Review of The New Easy Rawlins Novel by Walter Mosley

At the conclusion of Blonde Faith, Walter Mosley appeared to have killed off private detective Easy Rawlins, who had been a favorite of readers and critics alike. Now, six years later, he has brought Easy back in a new novel, … Continue reading

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Ace Atkins Brings Back Robert B. Parker’s Iconic P.I., Spenser

A few months after Robert B. Parker died of a heart attack at his writing desk in January of 2010, his publisher, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, approached Ace Atkins with a proposition. Parker’s family wanted Spenser, one of the most … Continue reading

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