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Review: Alan Wake

Alan Wake  proves, once again, that developers don’t need to reinvent entire genres to make a good game — they simply need to play to their strengths.
Shadowplay: Remedy Entertainment puts on a light show
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 04, 2010
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Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

In recent screen-adapted crime fiction, detectives are heroes and children are victims. In the trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson, the child victim is the hero.
... Is a drag
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 19, 2010
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Wolf man

A lone wolf lopes across a border, searching for food.
Henning Mankell stalks globalization
By CLEA SIMON  |  February 12, 2010
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Noir comes to Providence

Former Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s new novel, Loot the Moon , is the second in a series focused on obituary writer, inveterate gambler, and investigator Billy Povich.
 In Cold Blood
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 30, 2009
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Interview: Mark Arsenault

Former Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s new novel, Loot the Moon, is the second in a series focused on obituary writer, inveterate gambler, and investigator Billy Povich. And the early reviews are strong. Booklist, for one, calls it a “top-
Noir comes to Providence
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 30, 2009
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Water Dogs

A sort-of mystery novel that may or may not involve a crime, Water Dogs is also the story of a family broken by the death of its patriarch, "Coach," whose three children (fail to) cope with his death in highly individualized and complicated ways.
Lewis Robinson's first novel picks up where Officer Friendly left off
By ALEX IRVINE  |  January 28, 2009


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Murder, she wrote

"It’s always more fun to write people who are really messed up or really vicious."
Interview: Tana French's deep crime novels
By CLEA SIMON  |  August 05, 2008
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Local colors

Two and a half years after publication of the well-received debut novel, Carom Shot , fans of the Providence-set mystery novel are finally seeing a series get underway.
Mysterious doings in Providence
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008
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Masterful mysteries

Not in the Flesh is Ruth Rendell’s 21st Inspector Wexford novel since she and the character debuted in 1964.
Rendell and Nabb transcend genre
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 09, 2008
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The pro

During dinner parties nowadays, everyone, writers included, talks about movies. Rarely does a “serious” novel dominate conversation, but crime novels sometimes have a moment.
Robert Crais’s winning formula
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  February 27, 2007
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Rhode Island’s man of mystery

The hard-luck obit writer has just made his literary debut, in Gravewriter , a fast-paced mystery that represents a promising new chapter in Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s budding sideline as a fiction writer.
 Projo reporter Mark Arsenault carves a budding sideline in fiction
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 14, 2006


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More the mystery

What’s the big deal about Kate Atkinson? If you read the rapturous reviews of her previous novel, Case Histories , you’d conclude she had written an engrossing mystery that was, you know, more than just a mystery.
Kate Atkinson’s fear of genre
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 05, 2006
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Appetizers

Before Dennis Lehane found success — or success found him — with the publication of Mystic River in 2001, and even before he built his reputation with the Kenzie/Gennaro crime novels, he wrote short stories.
Dennis Lehane’s short cuts
By SARAH WEINMAN  |  August 31, 2006
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Med noir

It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
By DANA KLETTER  |  April 27, 2006
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Magical Mystery Tour

A thoughtful tribute to the pulp classics of the 1940s and 50s, The Colorado Kid is just the latest installment in an increasingly diverse and interesting body of work written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
Stephen King does pulp
By BRENDAN HUGHES  |  January 13, 2006