The Legacy of Charlie Chan

Yunte Huang's new study of the fictional detective yields far more than the history of a stereotype.


Mysteries for Teens

Works of detection and suspense for young readers who crave a thrill.


The Age of Salander

Stieg Larsson's unlikely heirs to the mantle of Sherlock Holmes.


Framed: Graphic Crime Fiction

Vertigo's new line of graphic novels brings together the worlds of crime fiction and comics.


The Discreet and Dangerous Charms of David Carkeet

In the unusual crime novels of David Carkeet, the bad deeds are almost beside the point.


The Poisoner's Handbook

Toxicology meets forensics in Jazz Age New York, giving birth to the first modern crime lab. Read more...

A Precinct of Her Own

Dorothy Uhnak's books transformed her trailblazing experience as a woman in the N.Y.P.D. into sagas that plumb the soul of the force. Read more...

Golden Years of Detection

How a decidedly peculiar pair of octogenarian investigators are delightedly breaking some venerable rules. Read more...

Tokyo Vice

An American-born reporter working the police beat in Japan renders a riveting picture of violence beneath a society's orderly surface. Read more...

Falling Angel

William Hjortsberg’s Masterpiece of New York Noir

About the Columnist
Sarah Weinman reviews crime fiction for many publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun and blogs about the genre at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).