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's Baltimore Crime Beat blog noted Sept. 19, Baltimore crime is
, thanks to the final season of
recently concluding its British TV run on FX. In fact, it's been great fun to watch the
much as American bloggers and critics did weekly through its HBO run earlier this year.
And, as Andy Green observes in his
post, it caps a flurry of U.K. activity for David Simon, including the U.K. reissue of his
Homicide: Life on the Killing Streets
and the HBO announcement that he and former
TV show writer Tom Fontana will be co-writing the miniseries
, about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Right on.
Back in Baltimore, though, another hometown scribe and
alumnus is making waves of her own. We've got the sneaking suspicion that
is about to blow up. Her excellent 2007
What the Dead Know
became a breakout book for the local crime author, and 2008 is witnessing her hitting hot streak continue.
Another Thing to Fall
, her 10th Tess Monahan novel, came out in May. Her short-story collection
comes out Oct. 7. Her
The Girl in the Green Raincoat
New York Times Magazine
. And her next standalone novel,
, is due out in early 2009. And, yes, I got winded just
all that out, much less writing at such a prolific streak.
And in a little more than two weeks, Lippman will be the American Guest of Honor at
, the long-running mystery and detective fiction festival invading Baltimore Oct. 9-12. Loads of writers will be coming to town--including the devilishly wicked
and Dublin's Declan Hughes--making Baltimore quite literally the world's crime-fiction hot spot for a weekend.