It's now the summer of 2015, and the website revamp remains delayed indefinitely. Here's what else you should know:
My new editorial project is WOMEN CRIME WRITERS: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s, published by the Library of America on September 1. A companion website, with much more about the eight books included in the two volumes, scheduled events across the country, as well as specially commissioned appreciations by some of the world's most renowned crime writers, will launch very soon.
TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, was published by Penguin Books on August 27, 2013 and was nominated for an Anthony Award. The anthology was also hailed by the Los Angeles Review of Books as "simply one of the most significant anthologies of crime fiction, ever." Much more information about Troubled Daughters, the authors, the stories, current news, critical acclaim and reviews, advance praise, and recent and upcoming events is at the anthology's companion website, DomesticSuspense.com.
You may have also landed here because of my Hazlitt article "The Real Lolita", on the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner and its inspiration for Vladimir Nabokov's iconic 1955 novel, or from my New York Times Magazine article "The Murderer and the Manuscript", about a debut private detective novelist currently serving a life sentence for murder. So far in 2015 I've profiled Mary Higgins Clark for the Guardian and reviewed some of my favorite books of the year so far for the Globe & Mail and the National Post.
2014 also saw me writing about the new Philip Marlowe novel by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) and the weird world of literary brand management for The Nation, on the puzzling trend of novels about the wives of writers (and other creative types) for The New Republic, and on the novels of Helen MacInnes, the great 20th century lady spy novelist, for the New York Times Book Review.
I also launched a weekly newsletter called The Crime Lady to get back some of the old mojo this blog used to have, but also because it is a good idea to have a newsletter.