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A historical fiction writer considers the Roman Empire’s lasting appeal ‘CrimeReads

Why is ancient Rome such a good setting good for historical mysteries? When I tackle it by future budding writers, I always recommend, perhaps viciously, that they should choose an original background that no one has used otherwise so far; that was what I did in my innocence. When I want to be really evil …

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Let’s talk about sneakers, the most charming, amazing espionage / heist film of the 1990s ‹CrimeReads

What is Sneakers, the early 90’s film starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Ackroyd, David Strathairn and River Phoenix as a motley group of security specialists pulling an impossible job? What is it? Is it an elevator movie? A caper, an espionage thriller, and a comedy? I know that movies can exist in several genres …

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Where are the foster-promoting fathers of those fictions? ‹CrimeReads

This started as a normal piece for CrimeReads. You know the one: the author dutifully changes their recently released title and gathers a lively summary of books that are black-sort like theirs, with a headline involving a number and some click-bait teasing (Eight thrillers to help you choose better draperies, or Twelve coziness you can …

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