| 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)...
| Aug 15, 2009
Like gold standard writers Elmore Leonard and the late Donald Westlake, Joe R. Lansdale is one of the more versatile writers in America. Over a span of 30 years, he's written well over a dozen mystery, suspense, western and sci-fi novels and short stories...
| Apr 25, 2010
Forty years ago, in 1970, the young George V. Higgins was working as a federal prosecutor in Boston. By then he'd graduated from Boston College, done a creative writing course at Stanford and worked as a newspaperman before going back to school to study...
| Jan 8, 2009
One of the enigmas in the long and rich career of Donald E. Westlake was that this author of more than 100 novels, many of them popular, accessible and plot-driven works of crime fiction, both grim and comic, received such a spotty handling by Hollywood....
| Jun 21, 2009
Stephen Crane: "An Experiment in Misery" (HarperPerennial)
"The Palace Hotel at Fort Romper was painted a light blue, a shade that is on the legs of a kind of heron, causing the bird to declare its position against any background. The Palace Hotel, then,...
| Sep 3, 2009
Dick Berg, a longtime television and motion picture writer and producer, died Tuesday from a fall at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
A pioneer of the made-for-television movie format that revolutionized network programming in the 1970s, Berg helped...
| Oct 14, 2009
Stuart M. Kaminsky, a writer of impressive range who created four distinctive detectives for series set in Los Angeles, Chicago, Florida and Moscow, has died. He was 75.
Kaminsky, who joined the elite of his craft in 2006 when the Mystery Writers of...
| Apr 6, 2009
The center who escaped war-ravaged Sarajevo, the forward who endured his father's imprisonment, the coaches chasing their second national championship.
The point guard's toe, the freshman's knees, the icon's farewell.
The favorite's dominance, the...
| May 17, 2008
By Nicholas Pekearo
If the heart-rending circumstances surrounding the death of 28-year-old Nicholas Pekearo—a New York City auxiliary police officer and aspiring writer shot and killed in the line of duty in 2007 while...
| Feb 15, 2008
As is often the case, the field of live-action shorts competing for the Oscar is thinner in quality than that of the animated shorts but still of interest. “The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films — Live Action” features five films,...
| Mar 22, 2008
By Paul Goat Allen
By Charlie Newton
Touchstone, $14 paper
Charlie Newton's debut novel, "Calumet City," a neo-noir crime thriller set predominantly in and around Chicago, is the literary equivalent of speeding down an amusement park...
| Apr 27, 2009
Timothy Olyphant is done with "Damages," but his time on FX may not be over.
Olyphant, who joined the cable channel's twisty legal drama this season, has been tapped to star in a pilot for FX. It's based on an Elmore Leonard story called "Fire in the...