Sunday Smatterings in Early April

In the New York Post, I review Dara Horn’s new historical novel ALL OTHER NIGHTS, which could be classified as a spy thriller but is really more a way of looking at big American themes through a Jewish landscape. The WSJ’s Emily Bingham also reviews the book.

Anna Mundow reviews the new Walter Mosley novel THE LONG FALL for the Washington Post and interviews him for the Boston Globe.

The G&M’s Margaret Cannon reviews new mysteries by Donna Leon, Matthew Pearl, Harlan Coben, Qiu Xiaolong, Lincoln Child and Juan de Recacoechea.

Tom & Enid Schantz have their say on crime fiction by Ariana Franklin, Bill Pronzini and Donna Leon.

The Observer’s Peter Guttridge reviews new crime and thrillers by Jedediah Berry, Yrsa Sigudardottir and Elizabeth Wilson, while Louise France is underwhelmed by Tom Rob Smith’s THE SECRET SPEECH.

Charlie Higson, however, is more inclined to like THE SECRET SPEECH in the Guardian Review,while Peter Millar takes issue with some of the details the book purportedly gets wrong.

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Miller raves over Philip Kerr’s A QUIET FLAME and Jeff Johnson offers a take on THE LONG FALL.

Judith Freeman tracks down a former secretary of Raymond Chandler’s and presents the engaging conversation that ensued to the LA Times.

Stieg Larsson is among several crime and thriller writers to take home Galaxy Book Awards, and of course Ali Karim has all the details.

In the WSJ, Alexander McCall Smith looks at the ways readers form intense personal relationships with the characters writers create – even if it’s at odds with the writer’s intentions.

The Southeast Review talks with Daniel Woodrell about his body of work, most recently WINTER’S BONE.

Forgotten from last week: The Cape Cod Times interviews Spencer Quinn a second time – but now, under his real name, Peter Abrahams.

Also from last week, the New Jersey Star-Ledger profiles Harlan Coben and tracks down friends and loved ones for a more complete picture of the author of LONG LOST. The NYT does the same this week in its regional section for New Jersey. 

Get ready for a graphic novel version of the Green River Killer story.

A.O. Scott praises the American short story.

Of course “GaryVee” would get a book deal – having a huge online following, especially on Twitter, is where it’s at right now.

Tania James’ debut novel THE UNKNOWNS will be out later this month, and the Louisville Courier-Journal gets an advance look and profiles the author.

James Kelman admits to the Times of London that winning the Booker Prize in 1994 has had, shall we say, a mixed effect on him and his career.

Long-haul truckers are linked to hundreds of serial killings in America, which, well, makes quite a lot of sense.

And finally, Don Carpenter’s HARD RAIN FALLING is being reissued in September by NYRB Classics! I am so ridiculously excited I cannot even express it properly. George Pelecanos is writing the introduction.