| May 31, 2009
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. || 3 ||
|| 2. || Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little,...
| Jun 7, 2009
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. || 4 ||
|| 2. || Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (Delacorte: $27)...
| Aug 15, 2009
Like gold standard writers Elmore Leonard and the late Donald Westlake, Joe R. Lansdale is one of the more versatile writers in America. Over a span of 30 years, he's written well over a dozen mystery, suspense, western and sci-fi novels and short stories...
| Apr 25, 2010
Forty years ago, in 1970, the young George V. Higgins was working as a federal prosecutor in Boston. By then he'd graduated from Boston College, done a creative writing course at Stanford and worked as a newspaperman before going back to school to study...
| Jan 8, 2009
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....
| Jun 21, 2009
Stephen Crane: "An Experiment in Misery" (HarperPerennial)
"The Palace Hotel at Fort Romper was painted a light blue, a shade that is on the legs of a kind of heron, causing the bird to declare its position against any background. The Palace Hotel, then,...
| Sep 3, 2009
Dick Berg, a longtime television and motion picture writer and producer, died Tuesday from a fall at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
A pioneer of the made-for-television movie format that revolutionized network programming in the 1970s, Berg helped...
| Oct 14, 2009
Stuart M. Kaminsky, a writer of impressive range who created four distinctive detectives for series set in Los Angeles, Chicago, Florida and Moscow, has died. He was 75.
Kaminsky, who joined the elite of his craft in 2006 when the Mystery Writers of...
| May 25, 2008
Americans are often unaware of major cultural trends developing just slightly off the beaten path. Take the Scandinavian Whodunit Boom. A month ago, Karin Fossum's novel, "The Indian Bride," won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery. Fossum, a...
| Apr 13, 2008
In 1988, Princeton University accepted an orphan with an eye-catching résumé. Seventeen-year-old Alexi Santana hadn't been to school but had picked up his education while working in Utah as a cattle herder, a construction worker and a racehorse exerciser....
| Jul 6, 2008
The serial novel conjures up images of a bygone century, of a time when Charles Dickens made his name by teasing out the life and death of Little Nell in monthly installments. But one need only look to the flurry of posts on Jacket Copy last month...