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  • U. of I. admissions system changed in 2002, former employee says

    U. of I. admissions system changed in 2002, former employee says
    The University of Illinois formalized its system for tracking clouted applicants after an unqualified student with ties to ex- Gov. Jim Thompson was rejected, angering a top administrator who reversed the decision, a former admissions worker testified...
  • Patrick Fitzgerald profile (March 2007)

    Patrick Fitzgerald has been living a dual life. As the top federal prosecutor in northern Illinois, Fitzgerald has solidified a reputation as a no-nonsense corruption buster--"Eliot Ness with a Harvard degree," as a friend once described him.In his other...
  • Mystery author Donald E. Westlake dies at 75

    Mystery author Donald E. Westlake dies at 75
    Donald E. Westlake, a prolific mystery writer who won three Edgar Awards and an Academy Award nomination for screenplay adaptation in a career spanning five decades, has died. He was 75. Westlake collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on his...
  • Hollywood rarely did Donald Westlake justice

    Hollywood rarely did Donald Westlake justice
    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....
  • Noir hits home in Los Angeles, Orange County

    Noir hits home in Los Angeles, Orange County
    Los Angeles Noir 2 The Classics Edited by Denise Hamilton Akashic: 300 pp., $15.95 paper Orange County Noir Edited by Gary Phillips Akashic: 300 pp., $15.95 paper "You can make a lot of mistakes in just one lifetime," says violet-eyed Eve Cressy in...
  • Dark Passages: Knockout debuts of the 'decade'

    Dark Passages: Knockout debuts of the 'decade'
    Purists may differ on the semantics, arguing that the new decade won't start for another 11 months, but psychologically, it's hard not to be swayed by the switch from 19 to 20, and from leaving "two-thousand-nine" for "twenty-ten." And so, by consensus,...
  • 'The Dead All Have the Same Skin' by Boris Vian

    'The Dead All Have the Same Skin' by Boris Vian
    The Dead All Have the Same Skin A Novel Boris Vian, translated from the French by Paul Knobloch TamTam Books: 120 pp., $18 paper Imagine an intellectual, astutely French, who hangs out with the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, has a child's sense of humor...
  • Charlotte, Oscar & Co.

    Charlotte, Oscar & Co.
    Where better for a writer to turn for inspiration than to reality? This is especially true of the mystery fiction micro-trend in which authors fashion real-life figures into detectives. It's tricky territory because the margin of error is so tiny. For...
  • Hutton Wilkinson fabric line pays homage to Tony Duquette

    Hutton Wilkinson fabric line pays homage to Tony Duquette
    To launch a collection of his luxury textiles by manufacturer Jim Thompson, designer Hutton Wilkinson opened the doors last week to Dawnridge -- his Beverly Hills residence that he purchased and preserved as a living museum to the extravagant vision of...
  • Mind games

    Mind games
    Thomas Harris has a lot to answer for. Before he created Hannibal Lecter, the mere idea of a multiple murderer was enough to scare people into locking their doors and avoiding anyone remotely suspicious. Seemingly ordinary, many serial killers lived...
  • Commutation for George Ryan?

    (WGN-AM)- A lawyer for George Ryan says he'll ask President Barack Obama to commute the former governor's more than six-year sentence. Ryan's attorney, former Gov. Jim Thompson, says he'll present a petition to Obama while keeping in mind the president...
  • Gibson still carving out his corner of cyberspace

    VANCOUVER, Canada -- Back then, it didn't seem like a great career move. "I don't think anyone told me that I was crazy," William Gibson recalled last week, sitting on the leafy patio of a Creole restaurant near his home. "But they didn't read science...