NPR stories about Crime In The City
August 2, 2011 At 11 years old, novelist George Pelecanos witnessed the aftermath of Washington, D.C.'s 1968 race riots, and he's never forgotten it. Now he uses fictional Detective Derek Strange, one of D.C.'s first black cops, to explore the intersection of crime, race and class in the nation's capital.
August 12, 2010 The protagonist of Naomi Hirahara's novels isn't a seasoned police detective or a private investigator — he's a gruff, 72-year-old gardener who lives in the hills above Pasadena, Calif. The Mas Arai character was inspired by Hirahara's father and guides readers into the hidden corners of L.A.'s Japanese-American communities.
August 9, 2010 When the Garden State's seediest crooks skip bail, it's up to lingerie buyer-turned-bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to track 'em down. Novelist Janet Evanovich sets her best-selling satirical thrillers in Trenton, N.J., a city Evanovich remembers from her youth.
July 28, 2009 Writer Gabriel Cohen bases his Detective Jack Leightner series in Brooklyn, where he says the neighborhoods "are not static at all. The lines where things are changing create conflict and sometimes create violence," which is reflected in his books.