Phillip Thompson

Crime Fiction writer

Review: In Connelly’s compelling ‘Wrong Side of Goodbye,’ Bosch deciphers the past: Harry Bosch’s idea of retiring is getting two new jobs. The legions of fans of Michael Connelly’s bestselling 19-book series about the Los Angeles detective can be grateful for that. In Connelly’s new novel, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Bosch has left the LAPD …

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Otto Penzler: By the Book: The mystery fiction editor and founder of the Mysterious Press says the last book that surprised him was “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn: “I never saw it coming.” Author Dennis Lehane on crime novels, race in America and researching history: “Mystic River,” “Shutter Island,” and coming in December, “Live By Night” are …

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Five reasons why the Jack Reacher novels are brilliant: Lee Child’s Jack Reacher is everywhere at the moment with the second Tom Cruise-led film, Never Go Back, released on Friday, swiftly followed by the publication of a new novel, Night School. Separate and unequal: History and crime clash in Thomas Mullen’s Darktown: On a hot summer night …

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Double play: “Billy & Ray” and “The Stand-In”: What are the odds? A pair of plays may have theatergoers and film buffs seeing double. Within a week, by sheer coincidence, two different shows about writer/director Billy Wilder have opened on SoCal stages. At the heart of both is the 1944 film noir classic Double Indemnity, …

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Trouble is Our Business: why Irish crime writers are a law unto themselves: What is most interesting about the boom in Irish crime writing is that the very absence of a domestic tradition has given Irish writers carte blanche to play with the genre. Step Aside, Bogie: It’s Another S.F. Noir: Hugh Laurie and Gretchen Mol may …

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