Appreciations

Sara Paretsky on Laura

Sara Paretsky "Caspary used many conventions of the femme fatale—Laura is beautiful, she rouses erotic feelings in the men who meet her. Laura is indeed a novel about desire and appetite, but the desire is only tangentially sexual."

Charles Finch on The Horizontal Man

Charles Finch."So much of what makes The Horizontal Man remarkable is its dry humor, its inchoate feminism, its glimmers of postmodern detachment, the way it verges on the threshold of hysteria."

The Gimlet Eye of Dorothy B. Hughes

Megan Abbott. Megan Abbott on Dorothy B. Hughes's In a Lonely Place "While not the first serial killer tale, Dorothy B. Hughes’s In a Lonely Place (1947) set up a template for hundreds to come."

Lisa Scottoline on The Blank Wall

Lisa Scottoline."She’s not a Superwoman but an Everywoman. When she is confronted with an extreme dilemma—how to deal with a corpse whose presence could destroy her family—she reminds herself that she can deal with the situation by drawing on everything she knows as a wife and mother."

As Much as Things Change

Lisa Unger. Lisa Unger on Charlotte Armstrong's Mischief "The figure of the stranger outside, lurking in the shadows, is frightening. Armstrong knows that the one already inside is far more frightening."

Karin Slaughter on The Blunderer

Karin Slaughter."While at first blush, the two novels seem to be disparate works—Salt is essentially a love story and Ripley introduces readers to a fascinating psychopath—the colorful palette from which they draw can be found in The Blunderer."

Laura Lippman on Beast In View

Laura Lippman."Beast in View’s final revelation was a shocking twist in its day and remains a testament to the novel’s overall power and the constant pleasures of Millar’s singular style."

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Duane Swierczynski. Duane Swierczynski on Dolores Hitchens's Fools' Gold "Hitchens so brilliantly establishes this hierarchy of crime that after a while, you start rooting for the knuckleheads."

Sarah Weinman, editor

Sarah Weinman is widely recognized as a leading authority on crime fiction. She is the editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, which the Los Angeles Review of Books called “simply one of the most significant anthologies of crime fiction, ever.” She is the news editor for Publishers Marketplace, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the National Post, and The Washington Post, among other publications.