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Dick Francis featured on ‘Great Lives’ radio broadcast

For Dick Francis fans a nice early Christmas treat with the late author featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Great Lives’. Broadcast on 4 December the half hour programme hosted by The Times

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Retreat to Goodisville – Philly tribute bus trip

For those that are fans of the late David Goodis, some fans have organised a special event taking place in January, 2013 at Philly. It all began as a grave side tribute but interest has

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Rankin on Rebus – extended interview

Ian Rankin’s novels featuring the wry, damaged detective John Rebus have been with us since Knots and Crosses appeared in 1987. A new extended interview by Mark Lawson asks who is Rebus after 25

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Edna O’Brien – perceptive Irish Writer and influence on Modern Crime

I once met Edna O’Brien. It was a fine day at a signing in the Kensington High Street, not far from her London home. I remember her hair pushed up, the shining eyes and

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Dudes, Dope and Delinquency – the thriller world of Robert Stone

The USA underwent a revolution in the 60s – a revolution that found its way into the Beat literature of Kesey and Kerouac; the psychedelic acid trips of Tom Wolfe, and others. But as

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Women and Crime Fiction: Denise Mina and Selina Walker discuss

BBC Radio 4 “Women’s Hour” recently carried an item about crime fiction and its growing popularity with women readers. The guests invited to discuss this with presenter Jenni Murray were Scottish crime writer Denise

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A Great Crime Author – Reginald Hill (1936-2012)

It came to my attention earlier this year that one of the most prolific and respected authors of crime fiction books has passed away. Reginald Hill was one of a select number of erudite

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Hot espionage writer Olen Steinhauer

Olen Steinhauer‘s latest espionage novel, The American Spy ends with the line “The question is, are you in or are you out”. This is the question that runs through his character’s psyche, for the

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James Lee Burke and American Literature

American mystery writer James Lee Burke has been a favourite Scorpion Press author. For some years a new book would appear by Jim, each with the customary appreciation by an author of note. For

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H R F Keating (1926 – 2011) and Scorpion Press

H R F Keating, crime writer, sage on the masters of crime fiction and friend to many of us passed away aged 84 in March 2011. Harry Keating was a great conversationalist on the history