August 12th, 2021

The news hasn’t been all the pleasant recently. Not surprising as misery sells but starting your day with the headlines and checking throughout the day is just inviting your own type of misery into your life. What do we have actually have control over? I’m doing my best to stay informed but not obsessed with the daily headlines.

Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:


  • At Crime Fiction Lover, Anthony Horowitz weighs in with his crime classics, including discovering Don Winslow. Is there anything better than discovering a new-to-you author that has a big back catalog to work through?

  • Sarah Weinman’s latest NYT’s crime column continues to eschew the big names to highlight (happily) more under the radar crime and mystery books such as Peace’s latest (still vastly unappreciated in the US), Hirahara, MacNeal, and Winstead.

  • PW checks in with Isabel Maldonado about A DIFFERENT DAWN, THE CIPHER Netflix adaptation, and her law enforcement background.


Two quotes from Don Winslow’s work this week:

  • ““Truth, justice and the American way. The American way is: truth and justice maybe say hello in the hallway, send each other a Christmas card, but that’s about the extent of their relationship.” – The Force

  • “Your strengths are your weaknesses. The more you try to protect something, the more vulnerable you make it.” – Savages


  • What is your favorite Don Winslow book? Do you prefer the series/trilogies? Or the standalones?

Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series

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