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January Magazine's Crime Fiction Report

Edited by J. Kingston Pierce


The Rap Sheet, January Magazine's crime fiction report, has been reincarnated as a blog, accessible here. Below are listed partial contents of the original newsletter editions:


September-November 2005

New releases by Peter May, Sandra Scoppettone, Michael Kronenwetter and Denise Hamilton; Nancy Drew goes manga; John Rebus takes down a president; Wilkie Collins' long-forgotten legal thriller


June 2005

New releases by Robert Goddard, Rebecca Pawel, Linwood Barclay and Laura Lippman; Don Winslow's artistic inspiration; Henry Porter's publishing frustration; James Crumley's peculiar dedication


March/April 2005

New releases by Richard Rayner, Naomi Hirahara, George Pelecanos and Elizabeth Peters; Red Harvest's offspring; Sara Paretsky's political wellspring; Denise Mina's new fictional springboard; a groaning shelf-load of awards


January/February 2005

New releases by Domenic Stansberry, Jan Burke, Duane Swierczynski and Kate Atkinson; Kris Nelscott's double life; Massimo Carlotto's troubled history; Margaret Millar's durable legacy; a wealth of awards nominees


October-November 2004

New releases by Stephanie Kane, Max Phillips, Natalie R. Collins and Sam Hill; weighing Graham Greene's impact; displaying James Ellroy's obsessions; overdosing on Bouchercon


September 2004

New releases Robert Ferrigno, Anne Perry, Steve Hamilton, Karin Slaughter and Benjamin M. Schutz; Anthony Horowitz turns to adult comic thrillers; women prefer crime-reading gents; Ellis Peters Historical Dagger nominees


July 2004

New releases by Carl Hiaasen, Laura Lippman, Qiu Xiaolong, Betty Webb and Kevin Wignall; J.A. Konrath mixes humor and homicide; Hugh B. Cave loses his stake in vamps and vampires; Sherlock Award winners


June 2004

New releases by Edward Wright, Mo Hayder, J.A. Konrath, G.M. Ford and Julia Spencer-Fleming; Mark T. Conard talks Nietzsche, while Walter Mosley talks nudity; Shamus Award nominees and Edgar winners


April 2004

New releases by David Liss, Elizabeth Peters, Chris Mooney, Robin Burcell and Lee Child; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle speaks from the grave; Denise Hamilton's favorite cross-cultural crime stories; Gumshoe Award winners


February/March 2004

New releases by Shelly Reuben, Ed Gorman, Susan McBride, Chris Simms and Laurence Klavan; Peter Lovesey's low boredom threshold; Sherlock Holmes' sexless life; Edgar, Agatha and Hammett award nominees


January 2004

New releases by Elmore Leonard, M.G. Kincaid, Ken Bruen, Jodi Compton and Andrea Camilleri; Walter Mosley's empower plays; "cool" Canadian crime fiction; Dilys Award nominees


November 2003

New releases by Mickey Spillane, Barbara Cleverly, Jeffrey Cohen, Deborah Crombie and Marshall Browne; Chester Himes in L.A.; Bruce Alexander dies; Bouchercon's wealth of prize winners


September/October 2003

New releases by Sara Paretsky, Stephen Hunter, Karin Slaughter, David Corbett and Margaret Coel; S.J. Rozan tackles her first standalone; Julian Rathbone's literary evolution; winners of the 2003 Ned Kelly Awards


July/August 2003

New releases by Stuart M. Kaminsky, Barbara Nadel, Janet Evanovich and Simon Kernick; Laura Lippman on child-on-child crime; the deaths of Nicholas Freeling and Newgate Callendar; an intimidating line-up of fall book-award nominees


June 2003

New releases by Stephen Booth, Edward Wright, Naomi Rand and Steve Hamilton; the comic returns of beloved detectives; Harlan Coben's "bleeding balls"; book awards out of Britain, Canada and the States


May 2003

New releases by John Shannon, Val McDermid, Carole Nelson Douglas and Stuart Pawson; on hand for the Edgars; Otto Penzler's legal woes; book award nominations from the States, Canada and Australia


April 2003

New releases by Robert B. Parker, Beth Saulnier, Jonathan King and Laura Wilson; Mrs. James Ellroy's debut novel; Cara Black's 10 favorite French mysteries; Sherlock and Los Angeles Times award nominees


March 2003

New releases by Tom Bradby, Denise Hamilton, Steven Saylor and Louise Welsh; Henning Mankell discusses his divided life; "junk science" in TV forensics thrillers; Agatha and Hammett award nominees


February 2003

New releases by Peter Robinson, Robert Wilson, Jill McGown and Lawrence Block; John Le Carré on war with Iraq; heartfelt Valentine's Day mysteries; Edgar Award nominees


January 2003

New releases by Eddie Muller, Bill Pronzini, Susan Wittig Albert and Michael Crichton; year-end thoughts about books past and promised; celebrating Georges Simenon's life; Robert Barnard's new Dagger; Dilys Award nominees


December 2002

New releases by Ruth Rendell, John Connolly, Edna Buchanan and H.R.F. Keating; Patricia Cornwell's defamation risks; Christmas crime fiction; nominees for the 2002 Nero Wolfe Award


November 2002

New releases by Larry Millett, Cornelius Lehane, Jan Burke and Walter Marks; Tony Hillerman makes it to PBS-TV; a James Bond trivia quiz; Dagger Award nominees from the British Crime Writers' Association


October 2002

New releases by Martin Cruz Smith, Paul Johnston, Nancy Pickard and Lindsey Davis; a beautifully illustrated study of classic mystery fiction; the flavorful fusion of crime and cuisine; winners of the Hammett and Ned Kelly awards


September 2002

New releases by Kris Nelscott, John Harvey, Carole Nelson Douglas and Paul Doherty; a new resource for fans of hard-boiled detective fiction; Peter Robinson's hometown headache; Ruth Rendell talks about Inspector Wexford's roots


August 2002

New releases by Robert Skinner, James Lee Burke, Edward Marston and Jeannine Kudow; last good-byes to Bartholomew Gill and Jack Olsen; Anthony Award nominations


July 2002

New releases by G.M. Ford, John Shannon, Barbara Seranella and Lynne Murray; foul play on the fairway; Max Allan Collins' five favorite mob hits; nominations for the 2002 Macavity, Barry and Herodotus awards


June 2002

New releases by Peter Lovesey, James Swain, April Henry and Brent Monahan; 10 top mystery picks to chill your sunny vacation; Arthur Rosenfeld goes postal; nominations for the Arthur Ellis and Shamus awards


May 2002

New releases by Harlan Coben, Laura Joh Rowland, Lee Child and Wendy Hornsby; a fond farewell to novelist/TV producer Roy Huggins; the winner of this year's Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery; nominations for Australia's Ned Kelly awards


Rap Sheet #10

Changing the "Sheet"; new releases by Robert B. Parker, William Diehl, Carl Hiaasen and Eddie Muller; a report from Left Coast Crime; a farewell to William X. Kienzle; Agatha Award nominations


Rap Sheet #9

New releases by Stuart M. Kaminsky, Robert Skinner, Robert Ferrigno, Michael Kilian and Joseph Heywood; nominees for the 2001 Shamus Awards


Rap Sheet #8

New releases by Richard E. Crabbe, Randall Silvis, Anne Perry, G.M. Ford, Robert Wilson, S.J. Rozan, Eric Garcia and Stephen Cannell; Val McDermid wins the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mystery fiction; winners of the 2001 Edgar Allan Poe Awards


Rap Sheet #7

New releases by Robert Wilson, Laura Lippman, Max Allan Collins, Leah Stewart and Stephen Lewis; winners of the 2000 Anthony, Shamus and Agatha awards; Martin Cruz Smith picks up the Hammett Prize


Rap Sheet #6

New releases by Nevada Barr, Robert Crais, Karen Harper, David Liss, Aaron Elkins and Ellery Queen; Martha C. Lawrence talks about her longstanding interest in Native Americans; Daniel Stashower explains the magical magnetism of Harry Houdini; the death of Sarah Caudwell; Edgar and Agatha award nominees


Rap Sheet #5

Assessing the crime fiction of 1999; new releases by Meg Gillis, Julia Wallis Martin, Marc Behm, Bill Knox and Michael Dibdin; Eric Garcia talks about the future of his dino detective, Vincent Rubio; the death of George V. Higgins; Mary Reed and Eric Mayer explain the roots of their John the Eunuch historical series; the "lost years" of William J. Reynolds; winners of the 1999 Dagger Awards


Rap Sheet #4

The enduring popularity of women gumshoes; new releases by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Annette Meyers, H.R.F. Keating, Peter J. Heck and Lawrence W. Raphael; the 150th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's death; Cara Black talks about her first Paris-backdropped detective novel; saying good-bye to Morris West; winners of the 1999 Anthony Awards


Rap Sheet #3

The flexible boundaries of crime/mystery fiction; new releases by Scott Flanders, Jeremiah Healy, Deryn Lake, Robert B. Parker and Joe R. Lansdale; historical San Francisco mysteries by Dianne Day and Oakley Hall; Gary Phillips and Les Standiford talk about their busy writing schedules; recipients of the 1999 Shamus Awards


Rap Sheet #2

New releases by Martin Cruz Smith, Paul Doherty, William Kent Krueger, Robert Goddard, Lev Raphael, Denise Mina and Nicci French; Steve Hamilton recounts his amazement at winning an Edgar Award; Fredrick D. Huebner talks about his forthcoming novel; Roderick Thorp dies; winners of the Edgar, Agatha and Shamus awards


Rap Sheet #1

Introducing the "Sheet"; new releases by Steve Brewer, K.K. Beck, Stuart M. Kaminsky and Anne Perry; Edgar and Agatha award nominees; John Peyton Cooke's unpublished private-eye novels

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