Columbus Day Weekend Smatterings

Oline Cogdill is impressed with David Ellis’s THE HIDDEN MAN, the start of a new series of legal thrillers.

Robin Vidimos has much the same reaction about Michael Connelly’s new Harry Bosch novel NINE DRAGONS. 

At the Chicago Sun-Times, David Montgomery rounds up new crime fiction by David Ellis, Joseph Finder, Mark Greaney, Timothy Hallinan and Lisa Tucker.

Sara Paretsky chats about her new V.I. Warshawski novel HARDBALL with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, while the book gets props from Amy Gutman at the Chicago Tribune.

The WaPo’s Kevin Allman looks at three mystery novels with “gay sleuths in exotic lands”, specifically new work by Mehmet Murat Somer, Richard Stevenson and Gyles Brandreth.

Adam Woog at the Seattle Times comments on recent crime outings by Bill James, Yasmina Khadra, Marcia Muller and Archer Mayor.

The Times of London’s Peter Millar has his say on recent thrillers by Philip Kerr, Stella Rimington and Giulio Leoni.

Megan Abbott chats with her former student Cullen Gallagher about her noir vision of the universe, not to mention her most recent novel BURY ME DEEP. 

In the Globe & Mail, Howard Shrier writes about writing a book a year, its pros, cons and mishaps.

Libby Fischer Hellmann tells the Evanston Review about her new crime novel DOUBLEBACK, which brings together her sleuths Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis on the same case.

The Independent’s Christina Patterson has a rough time getting Robert Harris on tape, but when she finally does, the interview dynamic is rather odd.

TLS editor Peter Stothard presents his take on Friday’s book review panel at Princeton University. (via)

Jacques Chessex, winner of the Prix Goncourt, died Friday at the age of 75.

Neal Karlen writes about Yiddish, the Coen Brothers, Thomas Friedman and what unites them all: the St. Louis Park neighborhood in Minneapolis.

Finally, this is why cloud computing can be a problem. Or at least, this is just a disaster-case scenario of how it can be a problem.