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Law & Order, the Americans, and the 40 million dollar question: G.F. Newman talks to Crime Time

Law & Order, the Americans, and the 40 million dollar question: G.F. Newman talks to Crime Time
G F Newman

This April BBC Four will broadcast Law & Order, my highly controversial 1978 quartet
which exposed corruption in the criminal justice system. Because of all the legal dust it
raised many changes in the law resulted – but not before the then Director General of the
BBC, Ian Trethowan, was summoned to the Home Office to explain himself.
If you google Law and Order, you’re likely to discover a lot more about the American TV
series. Is there a connection? You bet!

The Pathetic Predator – C.L. Taylor Talks to Crime Time

The Pathetic Predator – C.L. Taylor Talks to Crime Time
C L Taylor

When it comes to characters there’s one phrase in the reviewer’s arsenal that would pierce the heart of even the most hardened writer – ‘pantomime villain’. Those two words, along with ‘two dimensional’ can unravel an author’s confidence faster than an empty signing line. No author sets out to write a cliché or a cardboard cut-out. We want our antagonists to be as real to the reader as they to us, but even the most established writer can occasionally produce a dud.

Crime and Thriller shortlists for the The British Book Awards 2018 announced
Barry Forshaw

The seven category shortlists for the 2018 Books of the Year Awards are announced today by Chair of the Judges and Editor of The Bookseller Philip Jones who said: “The true range, breadth and brilliance of writing and publishing is demonstrated in these shortlists, from the unexpected triumphs to the brand juggernauts. The year 2017 was marked by big books that got bigger, break-outs that broke further, and conversation starters that spoke louder.”

Writers of Crime and Spy Fiction Should Stand Up for What They Believe

Writers of Crime and Spy Fiction Should Stand Up for What They Believe
Edward Wilson, author of South Atlantic Requiem

A diary full of events and signings may well be very good, but the ultimate gig for a spy novelist is to be shot at dawn by firing squad. I doubt if Erskine Childers signed copies of A Riddle of the Sands for the men who executed him, but any surviving copies dated 24 November 1922 would be utterly priceless! Childers did, however, shake hands with each of the firing squad and obtained a promise from his 16 year old son, the future Irish President Erskine Hamilton Childers, to shake hands with every man who signed his death warrant.

Out of Thin Air: Anthony Adeane talks to Crime Time

Out of Thin Air: Anthony Adeane talks to Crime Time
Anthony Adeane

Every Icelander knows about the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur cases. It is a story so deeply embedded into the national consciousness that even those born long after the disappearances are well versed in the particulars. A phone call. A meeting at a café. A strange clay head. On an unusual island where crime is rare and murder almost non-existent, this is the Icelandic crime story, one that continues to enthral a nation almost forty five years after two men vanished into thin air and left behind barely a scrap of evidence about their whereabouts.

Supernatural (& Other) Sherlocks: Nick Rennison talks to Crime Time

Supernatural (& Other) Sherlocks: Nick Rennison talks to Crime Time

It’s easy to assume that there’s never been a time like the present for variety and vitality in crime fiction. All those Nordic noir thrillers, cosy crime stories, police procedurals, serial killer tales and historical mysteries. Yet my experiences researching crime stories for my anthologies of short fiction from the late Victorian and Edwardian eras give the lie to such an assumption. There was at least as much wide-ranging originality in evidence in the 1890s and 1900s as there has been in the last twenty years. Supernatural Sherlocks, published last year, collected together 15 stories about psychic detectives

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