The Proud Sinner: A Medieval Mystery #13

The Proud Sinner: A Medieval Mystery #13

In the winter of 1282, snow and ice ravage East Anglia while Prioress Eleanor awaits the decision of her young maid, Gracia, found starving on the streets some years ago, ...

Desert Vengeance: A Lena Jones Mystery #9

Desert Vengeance: A Lena Jones Mystery #9

When the man who raped Scottsdale PI Lena Jones when she was a nine-year-old foster child is released from prison, Lena is waiting for him in the parking lot—with a ...

Copper Kettle

Copper Kettle

It's 1920. Jesse Sutherlin has returned to Buffalo Mountain a war hero, having after survived the trenches of World War I. Not only did he fight the enemy, reaching the ...

The Green Mill Murder: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #5

The Green Mill Murder: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries #5

Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favorite things —dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne’s premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone’s Jazzmakers, the band who taught St ...

Code Red: A Faith Flores Science Mystery #2

Code Red: A Faith Flores Science Mystery #2

After nailing the murderer of her addict mom and proving that her detractors are full of it, seventeen-year-old Faith Flores is back for another kick-ass science mystery. She’s proud to ...

The Return of the Raven Mocker: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #9

The Return of the Raven Mocker: An Alafair Tucker Mystery #9

World War I is raging in Europe, but as the deadly influenza pandemic of 1918 sweeps like a wildfire through Boynton, Oklahoma, Alafair Tucker is fighting her own war. Her ...

The 12.30 from Croydon

The 12.30 from Croydon

We begin with a body. Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris. Rather less orthodox is the ...

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George Orwell’s 1984 is riding the bestseller lists again, spurred by Kellyann Conway’s ominous reference to “alternative facts” when discussing the crowds at President Trump’s inauguration. This passage from 1984 leapt to many people’s minds: In the end, the party would announce that two and two made five and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they would make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the ... Read More

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Pulling Out the Nail: Writing Lessons With Irvin Kershner

Pulling Out the Nail: Writing Lessons With Irvin Kershner By Steven Axelrod

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I’ve been thinking about film director Irvin Kershner, as I work on a flat scene that desperately needs a jump start. Kershner died a few years ago, and even then I hadn’t seen him in decades — since an extraordinary pair of meetings in 1982. Still, he remains one of the most vivid figures I ever encountered in Hollywood. I didn’t know much about him when the producer of my little family drama movie script set up the meeting, but ... Read More