NPR stories about Crime In The City
August 20, 2012 From murder in the Venice canals to human trafficking in the desert, Los Angeles serves as the perfect setting for Robert Crais' noir novels, starring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, two PIs who are desperately seeking normal — both for their clients and themselves.
August 13, 2012 In Victoria Kneubuhl's mysteries, dashing detectives Ned and Mina explore the darker side of a sunny tourist paradise — Honolulu. In their debut, Murder Casts a Shadow, Ned and Mina set out to discover who killed a crooked museum curator, and get drawn into a deeper mystery about the death of Hawaii's last king.
July 30, 2012 Growing up near Atlanta, Karin Slaughter learned that tragic crimes can happen to anyone — even children. She says she sets her crime fiction in Atlanta as a way to honor the city's people and turning points, from the election of its first black mayor to the 1996 Olympics.
July 16, 2012 For author Bruce DeSilva, Providence, R.I.'s storied history of mob violence and small-town sense of intimacy make it the perfect place to set his crime fiction. The only trouble, he says, is toning down the truth just enough to make it believable.
September 2, 2011 John Banville (who writes crime fiction under the pen name Benjamin Black) describes the exploits of his oddball sleuth named Quirke. His plots are set in Dublin, a city that lends itself to noir fiction. "I love this place in a strange, embittered kind of way," Black says.
August 4, 2011 Seattle would seem the ideal setting for noir crime novels, what with the rain, the port and the gloomy Scandinavians. But it's not as noir as it used to be. Lowen Clausen, a Seattle cop turned Seattle crime writer, brings back the city's seedier days.