Monday morning linkage

So many Noir anthologies, so little time – but the latest is TWIN CITIES NOIR, and it gets serious due in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Patrick Anderson is impressed with Robert Baer’s roman-a-clef about the CIA, BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN.

Janet Maslin delivers a mixed verdict on Matthew Pearl’s THE POE SHADOW (which, so far, is getting more attention than Louis Bayard’s more superior THE PALE BLUE EYE, but that could change quickly.

Joan Smith at the Sunday Times reviews the latest by Frank Tallis & Boris Akunin for the paper.

George Pelecanos talks to NPR about the enduring power of Charles Portis’s TRUE GRIT

T Jefferson Parker is profiled at length by the San Diego Union-Tribune, especially in regards to using his adopted hometown in his newest novel, THE FALLEN.

44 SCOTLAND STREET is going digital? Yes indeed, for Alexander McCall Smith will now be reading excerpts of future installments in podcast format.

It’s National Crime Writing Week in Canada, with a series of events and discussions that will culminate in the Bloody Words Festival as well as additional events at Book Expo Canada in Toronto.
The CBC’s Alec Scott profiles Madeleine Thien, whose new novel CERTAINTY has been garnering praise there and elsewhere.

And finally, the “Moo Goo Gai Pan” segment from the BOB NEWHART SHOW. Just because (link from Jaime)