“Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke. Simon & Schuster, 464 pages. I know, I know – I had you at “Robicheaux,” right? If you’re a fan of James Lee Burke’s philosopher poet, you don’t need a tempting plot summary, which is good, because this one resists summarizing. It involves amoral politicians, a righteous assassin, a murder Dave Robicheaux can’t remember whether he committed, rape accusations and film rights to a Civil War story, plus the usual cast of characters and their personal demons.
“The Big Book of the Continental Op,” by Dashiell Hammett, edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 752 pages. Paperback. Here’s a lovely present for that fan of Golden Age mysteries on your gift list. It’s everything Dashiell Hammett ever wrote about the Continental Op: 28 short stories, two novels and one unfinished piece, with commentary. If you’ve read Hammett, that’s all you need to hear.
“The Man in the Crooked Hat,” by Harry Dolan. Putnam, 368 pages. Ex-cop Jack Pellum is obsessed with finding his wife’s killer. He posts fliers daily and checks all homicides in the city for similarities. His fixation on the killer’s hat seems insane, especially since he’s seeing a psychiatrist. But then he learns of a suicide where the note mentioned a killer in a crooked hat, and this is the key that eventually pulls his farfetched theories solidly into the realm of reality.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".