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.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.