Sunday Smatterings in the Springtime

Elmore Leonard gets lots of ink this weekend, including a rave review by Stephen King in the Boston Globe, an LA Times profile by Hal Espen, Patrick Anderson wants to declare Leonard a “national treasure”, and Alan Cheuse wants “a sequel to the sequel”.

China Mieville’s amazing, genre-bending THE CITY AND THE CITY gets plenty of attention too, what with a WSJ profile, another in Metro UK and still another in Scotland on Sunday.

Margaret Cannon rounds up new crime novels by Anne Emery, Santiago Roncagliolo, Elly Griffiths, Camilla Lackberg, Dan SImmons and C. B. Forrest.

Maureen Corrigan pens and recites a love letter to Reed Farrel Coleman’s Moe Prager novels for Fresh Air.

Laura Wilson does the same with new thriller offerings by Gillian Flynn, Adam Creed, Shamini Flint and (Colin) Bateman.

Stephen King makes his summer picks – including Olen Steinhauer’s THE TOURIST – for Entertainment Weekly.

The Chicago Tribune’s Julia Keller is a huge fan of Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch and talks to Connelly as his new novel, THE SCARECROW, is published.

The Greensboro News-Record catches up with John Hart on the occasion of his new (and best) novel THE LAST CHILD.

Chris Knopf meets the Hartford Courant’s Carole Goldberg to talk of his Sam Acquillo mystery novels, most recently HARD STOP.

Brad Frenette at the National Post talks with Vikas Swarup, the Indian diplomat turned literary star thanks to a little movie called SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

Rebecca Cantrell’s debut historical thriller A TRACE OF SMOKE garners a lengthy profile in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke talk with the Comics Reporter about Cooke’s graphical adaptation of THE HUNTER by Richard Stark.

Jeremy Duns reveals his top ten spy gadgets for the Times of London.

25 years later, Dungeons & Dragons still provides escapism for Tod Goldberg.

Elsie B. Washington, thought to be the author of the first black romance novel, has died at the age of 66.

Motoko Rich looks at the e-book pricing quandary, even though we all know the answer lies as it did with the music business: the prices will be cheap whether we like it or not.

I haven’t kept up all that well with what’s happening at CrimeFest in Bristol, but The Rap Sheet provides all your linking needs on that score.

And finally, Pixar meets the Bourne Identity – or, Valve really goes out of their way to promote their games.