Add Janet Maslin to the list of those who are big Martin Cruz Smith fans.

Patrick Anderson runs out of patience with Bernard Schlink’s second Self novel.

New York Magazine picks thrillers to buy, wait for paperback or skip altogether.

Nick Stone talks to Chauncey Mabe
about Haiti, the influence of Pelecanos and Peckinpah and the US release of MR. CLARINET.

The Detroit News has a lengthy piece on Elmore Leonard’s Detroit as seen through his novels.

The Bookseller talks to Minette Walters about her upcoming novel, THE CHAMELEON’S SHADOW.

Alex Good comments on the state of book criticism in Canada. (via)

Ali Karim gives his Dagger Awards report to the Rap Sheet.

And finally, this is an anniversary worth celebrating. (thanks, Keith!)