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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...
WHILE THE hapless West stands by, a Syrian campaign to retake Lebanon is unfolding as crudely as the plot of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." One by one, three anti-Syrian members of the Lebanese parliament have been murdered, reducing the...
Tags: Fouad Siniora, Crimes, Politics, Elections, Bombings
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...
Tags: Michael Connelly, Riga (Latvia), Crimes, Italy, Crime (genre)
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...
Times Staff WriterIn "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont," Joan Plowright plays an elderly widow who moves to London in search of culture, like minds and the company of her only grandson, Desmond. But the elegant hotel she anticipated turns out to be a shabby pensioners home,...
Chauncey Mabe grew up in Southwest Virginia, where he fell in love with reading in order to learn more about dinosaurs, little suspecting he'd eventually become one himself. A fiercely proud autodidact, he always says he learned everything school had to...
Tags: Journalism, Jupiter, Rex Stout, Mystery (genre), Ian Fleming
Administrator: Hello and welcome to the latimes.com live chat with Jane Smiley! Jane is here and ready for your questions. Thanks, Jane! Administrator: What can you tell us about your writing process? Do you have a set method, do you write every day or...
Tags: History, Mark Twain, Death, Arts and Culture, Fiction
Zap2It.comThe new documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" plays out like the most predictable Agatha Christie story ever written. Use your common sense to pick the two or three sources most likely to have put the kibosh on the electric car and those are probably...
Tags: Ed Begley, Crimes, Passenger Cars, California, Al Gore
Long before David Fincher reminded us that dread is hard-wired into the soul, German playwright Georg Büchner wrote a few fevered dramas, then dropped dead of typhus at 23. Now Gangbusters Theatre Company presents Büchner's 1836 "Woyzeck," a true crime...
Times Staff WriterThe indomitable spirit of a woman responding to the oppressive patriarchy that surrounds her is at the center of the forceful Iranian drama "Border Café." Written and directed by noted screenwriter Kambozia Partovi ("The Circle"), the film takes place...
The majority of current crime fiction adheres to a well-worn template, even if writers don't admit as such. A murder turns carefully crafted order into chaos, and the process of investigation not only unearths how deep those layers of chaos are but also...
Tags: Vladimir Nabokov, Murder, Crimes, Genres, Crime (genre)
Zap2It.comIn its climactic village assault, the English comedy "Hot Fuzz" risks becoming the excessive, slow-mo-slaughter affair it's satirizing. But the best of it is a riot -- a "Bad Boys II" fireball hurled with exquisite accuracy at a quaint English town...
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