| Nov 7, 2010
Say the word "Appalachia" in some variant or another and the probability is pretty high that someone will come back with a humorous remark — or one he or she thinks is funny, but isn't. It's a region that stretches as far north as the state of New...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 12:58 AM
HARTFORD, CT -- While Steven Hayes sat on Connecticut's death row late in 2011, the trial of his accomplice in the Cheshire home invasion killings was underway in a New Haven courtroom.
Joshua Komisarjevsky's lawyers were rolling out a no-holds-barred,...
| Nov 14, 2010
Channel-surf almost any night of the week in Britain and chances are you'll come across a gruesome crime drama featuring a dark and tortured soul whose brutal, morally repellent deeds make you recoil in horror.
And that's just the detective.
| Nov 28, 2010
Kind of Blue
Oceanview Publishing: 324 pp., $25.95
In previous books such as "The Killing Season" and "Homicide Special," Miles Corwin explored the inner workings of the Los Angeles Police Department. As a crime reporter for the...
| Nov 18, 2010
Ozark waitresses turned boxers. Los Angelenos battling over racial and social inequality. Boston's criminal element and a do-gooder detective. A West Texas cowboy and a satchel of money. A slum kid from India and a game show. Bomb specialists in Iraq...
| Oct 28, 2010
Massive, worldwide success often remains a bit enigmatic, but this publishing breakthrough seemed especially unlikely.
The first novel begins with the dull thud of a family tree full of foreign names: The book starts slowly — digging into arcane...
| Aug 5, 2012
Henry Holt: 307 pp., $26
I've always been a little suspicious of Benjamin Black. Or, more precisely, of the "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" aspect of his identity. Black, after...
| Mar 13, 2011
Matthew McConaughey has just cracked open his second Corona when the man wearing Mardi Gras beads and a Village People policeman's cap approaches his car.
"Do you know Duane?" the inebriated-looking man asks with suspicion, poking his head inside the...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 12:22 PM
In the mind of Ridley Pearson, Disney villains have plans to take over the world, "it's a small world" dolls are their henchmen, there's a jail beneath Pirates of the Caribbean and mysteries are solved by kids who turn into holograms after the theme parks...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 4:33 PM
As Netflix debuts its first original series, "Lilyhammer," on February 6, the video subscription service has settled on a scheduling strategy suited for the digital world: making every episode available at once....
| Jan 5, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Starting this weekend and continuing Jan. 14 and 15, the noncompetitive Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. boasts a “smorgasbord of Nordic cinema” with features, shorts and documentaries from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden —...