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Bloody Words 2011 Mystery Conference

One of the most aptly named events on the Canadian literary calendar is the annual Bloody Words mystery conference. This year, it is being held in Victoria, British Columbia (AbeBooks’ home town) on June 3-5. The guests of honour are writers Tess Gerritsen, Michael Slade and William Deverell. The Bloody Words conference began in 1999. […]

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Dashiell Hammett: From Bestseller List to Blacklist

Get to know Dashiell Hammett, a man whose life was as fascinating and full of intrigue as one of the classic spy novels he wrote.

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Women of Pulp: Blonde, Buxom & Dangerous

My favourite kind of women are…..The Women of Pulp. They can’t be tamed, they cannot be trusted. Blondes, brunettes, redheads – we have got the lot. There are voluptuous vixens, dangerous dames, and buxom bombshells. They really don’t publish books like these any more. I love this selection of pulp fiction put together by my […]

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Dick Francis’ son takes over writing duties

Dick Francis is dead, long live Dick Francis. The son of the famous thriller author, who died in February, is going to ensure Dick Francis novels keep on coming by taking over the writing duties. Apparently, Dick Francis is a brand, reports the Bookseller.

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Early, Unpublished Stieg Larsson Stories Found

The Swedish National Library has announced that several unpublished Stieg Larsson manuscripts have surfaced.

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Stieg Larsson and The Girl – Lisbeth Salander

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, exciting, yet intelligent book for your next read, look no further – Stieg Larsson’s trilogy should top your summer reading list. [Read more…]

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The Most Frightening Fiction

The scariest stories and most frightening fiction. What tales of terror give you chills?

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Bram Stoker Award 2010

The winners of the Bram Stoker Awards were announced over the weekend at the annual banquet dinner, which this year was held in England on the pier in Brighton. Best Novel: Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan Best First Novel: Damnable by Hank Schwaeble Best Long Fiction: The Lucid Dreaming by Lisa Morton Best Non-Fiction: Writers […]

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Remembering Dick Francis

Yesterday we lost a great sportsman and a great writer in Dick Francis. When a person can excel in their chosen profession and be one of the best in the world it is an amazing thing. Francis did this as the jockey for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, winning over 350 National Hunt races. Even […]

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Dennis Lehane remembers Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker and fellow crime writer Dennis Lehane were friends. The two men shared an “appreciation for the sordid side of their beloved Boston, brought to life in their work in hard-boiled prose.”

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