Fiction’s greatest detective duos – chosen by Stav Sherez

Stav Sherez, author of the Carrigan and Miller crime series, has chosen his five favourite literary crime duos. His new novel, The Intrusions, is out on 2nd February 2017, which has been described by Ian Rankin as ‘A Silence of the Lambs for the internet age’. The classic image of the detective is that of a solitary figure silhouetted…

Editor to Author: An interview with Doug Johnstone

In the latest instalment of our Editor to Author interview series, Doug Johnstone has a frank and illuminating conversation about his latest thriller Crash Land with his Faber editor Angus Cargill.   Angus Cargill: I wanted to start by asking if you had the title before you started writing this one? Doug Johnstone: I didn’t, not this time….

Where are All the Women?

As her latest novel hits the shelves, bestselling American crime novelist Laura Lippman wonders why the genre is lacking female protagonists, when they have just the same potential to make compelling characters as their male counterparts. Laura Lippman writes … Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday falls on January 19th, despite what it says on the memorial…

Destination Murder

From Agatha Christie to Patricia Highsmith, there is a long tradition in crime, thriller and mystery writing of bloodying a holiday destination with a treacherous murder. But what’s the appeal of taking a picture postcard destination, some people’s idea of paradise, and saturating it with human remains? Crime writer Nicola Upson explains why she has…

How Does a Man Write a Woman?

Q. What do Lady Macbeth, Holly Golightly and Lisbeth Salander have in common? A. They are famous fictional women created by famous, very real men. But whilst it’s not uncommon for male novelists to feature female protagonists, writing the opposite sex is not always easy and does not always go without criticism. Here, crime author…

Digging Up the Past: Researching Historical Crime

Meet four of the new generation of crime writers published by Faber and Faber: R. N. Morris, whose second novel featuring Dostoevsky’s celebrated detective Porfiry Petrovich has just been published in paperback; Andrew Martin, whose steam detective Jim Stringer has now embarked upon his fifth mystery; Jason Goodwin, author of the Edgar Award-winning historical thrillers…