Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Eight top red herrings in contemporary crime fiction

Karen Dietrich is the author of The Girl Factory: A Memoir (2013) and several poetry chapbooks. She also plays drums in the indie rock band Essential Machine. Dietrich received a BA in English from University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in poetry from New England College. She has worked as a college professor and high school English teacher.

Her new psychological thriller is Girl at the Edge.

At CrimeReads, Dietrich tagged eight contemporary "books [that] play with the reader’s mind in wonderfully twisted ways, using red herrings masterfully and keeping the reader guessing. And second-guessing." One title on the list:
Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

While not a mystery in the conventional sense, Cha’s novel is the gripping crime thriller about a shooting in Los Angeles that tears a community apart. The narrative, unfolding in various timelines, is uncovered slowly, and the main crux revolves around a main character, Grace, who must come to terms with her family’s involvement in the murder. Cha, who is also the author of the excellent Juniper Song mysteries, reveals details on a need to know basis, her own art of distraction, and eventually lets the simmering tension roll to a full boil.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue