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James Robert Thompson

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  • TNT/TBS 2011-12 TV schedule: 'The Closer' spin-off in works

    TNT/TBS 2011-12 TV schedule: 'The Closer' spin-off in works
    With the final season of "The Closer" approaching TNT announced Wednesday that it will launch a spin-off called "Major Crimes" starring Mary McDonnell as Capt. Raydor, who was often butting heads with Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra...
  • Former Illinois Gov. Ryan to get early work release

    Former Illinois Gov. Ryan to get early work release
    An attorney for George Ryan says the former Illinois governor has qualified for work release five months before his July 2013 parole. According to Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson, Ryan's new home will be a halfway house in Chicago's West Loop...
  • Supreme Court decision may give new trial to George Ryan

    Supreme Court decision may give new trial to George Ryan
    The U.S. Supreme Courthas opened the door slightly for former Gov. George Ryan, giving his lawyers another chance to appeal his verdict on corruption charges. The justices told the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to take another look at Ryan's...
  • U. of I. admissions system changed in 2002, former employee says

    U. of I. admissions system changed in 2002, former employee says
    The University of Illinois formalized its system for tracking clouted applicants after an unqualified student with ties to ex- Gov. Jim Thompson was rejected, angering a top administrator who reversed the decision, a former admissions worker testified...
  • Patrick Fitzgerald profile (March 2007)

    Patrick Fitzgerald has been living a dual life. As the top federal prosecutor in northern Illinois, Fitzgerald has solidified a reputation as a no-nonsense corruption buster--"Eliot Ness with a Harvard degree," as a friend once described him.In his other...
  • Mystery author Donald E. Westlake dies at 75

    Mystery author Donald E. Westlake dies at 75
    Donald E. Westlake, a prolific mystery writer who won three Edgar Awards and an Academy Award nomination for screenplay adaptation in a career spanning five decades, has died. He was 75. Westlake collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on his...
  • Hollywood rarely did Donald Westlake justice

    Hollywood rarely did Donald Westlake justice
    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....
  • Noir hits home in Los Angeles, Orange County

    Noir hits home in Los Angeles, Orange County
    Los Angeles Noir 2 The Classics Edited by Denise Hamilton Akashic: 300 pp., $15.95 paper Orange County Noir Edited by Gary Phillips Akashic: 300 pp., $15.95 paper "You can make a lot of mistakes in just one lifetime," says violet-eyed Eve Cressy in...
  • Dark Passages: Knockout debuts of the 'decade'

    Dark Passages: Knockout debuts of the 'decade'
    Purists may differ on the semantics, arguing that the new decade won't start for another 11 months, but psychologically, it's hard not to be swayed by the switch from 19 to 20, and from leaving "two-thousand-nine" for "twenty-ten." And so, by consensus,...
  • 'The Dead All Have the Same Skin' by Boris Vian

    'The Dead All Have the Same Skin' by Boris Vian
    The Dead All Have the Same Skin A Novel Boris Vian, translated from the French by Paul Knobloch TamTam Books: 120 pp., $18 paper Imagine an intellectual, astutely French, who hangs out with the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, has a child's sense of humor...
  • Charlotte, Oscar & Co.

    Charlotte, Oscar & Co.
    Where better for a writer to turn for inspiration than to reality? This is especially true of the mystery fiction micro-trend in which authors fashion real-life figures into detectives. It's tricky territory because the margin of error is so tiny. For...