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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Ruth Rendell

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The world of carefully plotted mystery novels has lost another key practitioner of the genre: Baroness Rendell of Babergh, otherwise known as Ruth Rendell died at age 85. 

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Sue Grafton, A to Z

Friday, August 09, 2013

Sue Grafton grew up pulling noir crime fiction off her father’s shelves in their Louisville home. But it wasn’t until she was in her 40s, already a published novelist and Hollywood screenwriter, that she tried her hand at the genre. In part, it was to escape the movies. “I’m just not a team player ...

Bonus Track: An excerpt from W is for Wasted

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Playlist: Crime Writer Ian Rankin

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ian Rankin talks about the role of music in his series of crime novels starring Detective Inspector Rebus. 

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Rex Stout Writes Detective Stories, Makes Enemies of the FBI

Monday, January 07, 2013

WNYC

Rex Stout, the creator of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, addresses the audience at this 1966 Books and Authors Luncheon as if they were his "Committee on Grievances."

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Ian Rankin on The Complaints

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mystery novelist Ian Rankin talks about wrapping up his popular, long-running series featuring the detective John Rebus. His latest novel, The Complaints, his first without Rebus in more than a decade, introduces Malcolm Fox, an inspector in the Complaints division—the cops who investigate other cops.

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James Ellroy: Demon Dog of Crime Fiction

Friday, November 12, 2010

The man behind L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia has amassed a cult following and a reputation as the best modern noir writer around. His new book, The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women, is a memoir. Kurt talked with James Ellroy ...

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Encyclopedia Brown

Friday, December 25, 2009

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.

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A Conversation with Elmore Leonard

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Elmore Leonard has just come out with his 40th novel, called The Hot Kid. Unlike most of his books where the action takes place over a few crazed weeks, The Hot Kid spans the 1920s and 30s in Oklahoma. It's filled with lawmen and bank ...

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Laurie King: Mystery Girl

Saturday, March 16, 2002

The mystery novelist Laurie King picks up the Sherlock Holmes story where Arthur Conan Doyle left off. In The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, King pairs the famed detective with a sharp young female partner and raises skepticism about Holmes' superhuman genius.

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Author Ayelet Waldman on Mysteries

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Kurt Andersen and author Ayelet Waldman talk about the magnetism of mysteries. 

Waldman is the author of the Mommy-track mysteries, Nursery Crimes and The Big Nap — thrillers that mix child-rearing with sleuthing. She is an adjunct professor at Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and was a former ...

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