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Crime fiction fans know the name Parker, a single-named anti-hero of the 1960s. As a character, he's a career criminal, hired gun and professional thief, a pulp-fiction prince of America's seedy underworld. He's relentless and menacing with steely good looks. Imagine a hard-boiled Don Draper with a gun.

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Author uncovers thrilling world of 'An American Spy'updated: Fri Mar 16 2012 13:21:00

Muffled gun shots and squealing tires. A secret midnight meeting in a dark alley. Alone in an exotic city with enemies lurking around every corner. Everyone recognizes the classic elements of a good cloak and dagger story.

Elmore Leonard returns to "Raylan" in new novelupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 15:02:00

Elmore Leonard is something of a living legend among lovers of crime fiction. A favorite of millions of readers, a hero to scores of writers, he's been called "America's greatest crime writer." The 86-year old author has been writing bestselling books for sixty years, mostly Westerns and crime novels. Many of them have been turned into hit movies, including "3:10 to Yuma," "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight."

Meet the mystery man behind "Drive"updated: Sun Sep 18 2011 02:35:00

James Sallis may be the best crime writer you've never heard of.

Hot reads for the dog days of summerupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 15:08:00

For many Americans, summer vacation is over and the kids are headed back to school. The temperatures are still sweltering in much of the country and many of us could use a good book to escape these dog days. Whether you're firing up the e-reader or headed to your local library, here are a few ideas on some hot reads, from the supernatural to surfing, plus a pair of top shelf puzzlers.

Koryta details murder, a panther and a dangerous womanupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 14:33:00

In a summer crowded with books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night, a young novelist is stepping forward with his own fresh take on the supernatural suspense thriller.

Author Nesbø: I am attracted to dark sideupdated: Sun May 22 2011 06:53:00

He's a best-selling crime novelist from a Scandinavian country, but don't call Jo Nesbø the next Stieg Larsson. It's not that Nesbø doesn't care for the comparison. He just believes it's misleading.

Dig in: Food with a side of murderupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 11:48:00

Why do food and murder go so well together?

Food: Stars share their 'scariest eats'updated: Wed Apr 13 2011 11:48:00

Pete Wentz, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts share their scariest food experiences.

CNNMoney: The Lincoln Lawyer is back - and fighting foreclosuresupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 14:26:00

Even lawyers are powerless against the economy.

Agatha Christie's secret life as an archaeologistupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 07:32:00

She is one of the best-known crime writers of all time but few know the extent of Agatha Christie's archaeological pedigree. Will Natalie Portman Play the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?updated: Thu Jul 29 2010 06:47:00

Though she was reportedly offered the job, four lesser known actresses are now in the running for the coveted role Daniel Craig Cast to Star in The Girl with the Dragon Tattooupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 12:28:00

Yet, still no word on who will play computer hacker Lisbeth Salander

What's the big deal about comic books?updated: Sun Jul 25 2010 09:24:00

Everyone from "Twilight Moms" to "Family Guy" fans is waiting in line at Comic-Con. This nearly 40-year-old convention is mainly devoted to comic books, and it was sold out before the exhibitors and speakers were even announced this year. Why are so many people there? Just What Is Jessica Simpson Reading this Summer?updated: Thu May 13 2010 09:28:00

From self-help guides to mystery novels, she has plenty on her Kindle

'Sherlockians' say new film succeedsupdated: Mon Dec 28 2009 08:56:00

Certain groups of die-hard fans are protective of the characters they hold on a pedestal. "Star Trek" has its Trekkies and "Star Wars" has the Jedi religion.

When fact meets fiction, the cases are harder to solveupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 10:24:00

The saying goes that life imitates art. But that's the last thing you want when you write crime fiction. You never want to see the things you write about mirrored back to you in real life.

Crime writer Walter Mosley debuts new seriesupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 08:18:00

Fans of the character Easy Rawlins don't want to hear it, but author Walter Mosley says he has officially moved on. Tony Hillerman, Mystery Author, Diesupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 19:00:00

Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels, died Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83

Report: Rowling working on crime novelupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 23:30:00

J.K. Rowling has been spotted at cafes in Scotland working on a detective novel, a British newspaper reported Saturday.

Fortune: MADISON AVENUE'S MYSTERY GUYupdated: Mon Jan 30 1989 00:01:00

As CEO and creative director of the J. Walter Thompson USA advertising firm, James Patterson, 41, often treads a thin line between fact and fiction. But in his other career -- as an award-winning m...

Fortune: PURSUING A MYSTERIOUS PASSION After a hard day, mystery novels challenge without demanding too much -- and they're collectible.updated: Mon Nov 24 1986 00:01:00

An American mania for mystery is most conspicuous these days in the solve-it- yourself whodunits staged everywhere from hotels and cruise ships to corporate meetings. But it's the printed page that...

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