May 31, 2012 Critic Maureen Corrigan's list includes the latest installments in long-running series by mystery genre veterans. She says coming back to familiar plots and characters is as rewarding as returning to a favorite vacation spot each summer.
December 23, 2009 Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick.
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December 23, 2009 Brooklyn-based PI Moe Prager can't find a moment of peace. Just as his home-life begins to unravel he finds himself pulled into an investigation of political scandal The plot may be old, but is Reed Farrel Coleman's mystery The James Deans' as easy to solve as it seems?
May 14, 2009 Reed Farrel Coleman holds down a job as a commercial truck driver. But that doesn't stop him from writing mysteries in his free time. His Moe Prager series has won a slew of major awards.
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