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On the hunt for a killer read? Join us as we track down the best scary books, horror books, and true crime books around.

Wayfaring Stranger: The Thrilling Fiction of James Lee Burke

This Edgar-winning author sets his sights on the American Dream in a powerful new thriller of epic proportions.

by Otto Penzler

Inside the Author’s Bookshelf: Alan Jacobson

Our favorite mystery and thriller writers share the books that have stuck with them through the years.

by The Lineup Staff

Ellis Peters: Beloved Creator of “Brother Cadfael”

Edith Pargeter (a.k.a. Ellis Peters) once said, "It is probably true that I am not very good at villains. The good interest me so much more."

by Sue Feder

Identifying Evil in Fact and Fiction

Thriller writers conjure up bad guys like it's their day job. But what happens when real-life villains become scarier than imaginary ones?

by Jon Land

TLU Pick: The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett

The hard-boiled detective classic captures our attention with twisted murders and post-Prohibition era partying in New York City.

by Jennifer Jackson

The Ultimate Mystery Genre Vocab List

How to keep your Marlowe separate from your Miss Marple

by The Lineup Staff

Find Your Next Great Read … on Twitter?

Follow 11 tweeps who love a good mystery as much as you do.

by The Lineup Staff

TLU Pick: Midnight Crossroad, by Charlaine Harris

The Sookie Stackhouse author mixes murder with mystics in small-town Texas.

by Jennifer Jackson

What Is Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction?

Here are five ways to know it when you read it.

by Otto Penzler

9 True Crime Books Better Than Gone Girl

When a real-life love story goes downhill, the fallout can be fatal.

by Kyle Davis

Case of the Wednesdays: The Efficient Assassin

Who killed Stephenson Charlecote? Collect the clues and solve the murder in this old-fashioned, 1920s mystery from H.C. Bailey’s Reggie Fortune series.

by Grace Srinivasiah

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