(A lot of) IDOL TALK: Dugoni, Lee, Dionne on top. Spend Two Nights In Lisbon with Pavone. Oxford Comma fights back.

You won’t find a Bob Dugoni novel in your local bookstore, or just about any other bookstore for that matter. That’s because his publisher is Thomas & Mercer, which is the mystery/thriller imprint for Amazon Publishing, and independent bookstores despise Amazon. Amazon is to bookstores what Walmart is to small businesses in rural communities—poison. Their […]

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Idol Talk: Heads Up

Mark May 24 on your calendar. That’s the day MCD, a new division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, publishes one of the best thrillers I’ve ever come across. I haven’t read something this good since Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, and that was 35 years ago. Turow’s novel is near and dear to my heart because […]

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IDOL TALK: Anonymous Calls in the Middle of the Night Are Ben Mezrich’s Life

Bestselling author and novelist Ben Mezrich has had a rich life, both financially and in the art of discovery. People come out of the woodwork and anonymously call him, urging him to write their wild stories. In many cases, he does. This is not unusual when you’re an investigative reporter. Years ago, I was receiving […]

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