NPR stories about Crime In The City
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.
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.