July Is Crime Month

Maybe it’s the murderous heat that bumps off our better angels, but something about summer brings out the outlaw in the Chronicle crew. Thus, we’ve decided July is Crime Month, and for four weeks, our writers and editors will be toasting the unlawful with reviews of recent crime fiction and nonfiction; interviews with authors in the field; plugs for crime-related shows to stream, screenings, podcasts, and events; appreciations of classic crime sagas and their creators; and more.

Crime Month: <i>Criminal</i>
Crime Month: Criminal
This comics series is made for and best enjoyed in the dark

Aug. 1, 2019

Crime Month: Tarantino's Alternate History, Where Women Don't Get to Talk a Whole Lot
Women Don't Get to Talk in Tarantino's Universe
Parsing fact from fiction in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

July 30, 2019

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 5
July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 5
A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 29-31

July 29, 2019

Austin Author Chandler Baker Talks About Creating a Novel for the #MeToo Movement
Austin Author Chandler Baker Talks About Creating a Novel for the #MeToo Movement
Writer of Whisper Network offers a healthy dose of righteous indignation

July 25, 2019

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 4
July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 4
A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 22-28

July 21, 2019

Road Tripping With a Serial Killer in <i>Paper Ghosts</i>
Road Tripping With a Serial Killer in Paper Ghosts
As well as being a riveting psychological thriller, this tale of a road trip across Texas with a serial killer shows the state in an intimate light

July 18, 2019

<i>Houston Noir</i> Anthology Explores H-Town Badness
Houston Noir Anthology Explores H-Town Badness
H-Town badness gets the Akashic rundown in a criminally good anthology

July 18, 2019

<i>The Bird Boys</i> Brings Crime to 1970s Beaumont
The Bird Boys Brings Crime to 1970s Beaumont
Lisa Sandlin's characters try to solve the mysteries of themselves

July 18, 2019

<i>Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee</i> by Casey Cep
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Casey Cep solves the mystery of the true crime book that Harper Lee never wrote

July 18, 2019

<i>A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary</i> by Terry Shames
A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary by Terry Shames
Police chief Samuel Craddock searches for a missing friend while on a visit to Jarrett Creek, Texas

July 18, 2019

Crime Month: A <i>Chron</i> "… and Punishment" Playlist
Crime Month: A Chron "… and Punishment" Playlist
Songs answering the musical question, "Does crime pay?" No.

July 17, 2019

Crime Month: A <i>Chron</i> "Crime" Playlist
Crime Month: A Chron "Crime" Playlist
Hit after hit, for your next hit

July 16, 2019

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 3
July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 3
A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 15-21

July 15, 2019

Drink You a Little Coupe of Crime, Oeneophile
A Little Coupe of Crime
Some would say that the glass is half full … of blood

July 12, 2019

Crime Month: <i>In the Dark</i> Podcast
Crime Month: In the Dark Podcast
Why did a boy's murder go unsolved for 27 years? Just listen.

July 11, 2019

Uncorking the Story to the True Crime/Comedy Podcast <i>Wine & Crime</i>
Uncorking the Podcast Wine & Crime
Amanda Jacobson pairs vino reviews with different varietals of lawbreaking

July 11, 2019

<i>An Accidental Cuban</i>
An Accidental Cuban
Joan Moran's up-to-the-minute page-turner exposes the dark and gritty side of Cuba with schemes full of treachery, double-dealing, and murder

July 11, 2019

The Legend Becomes Fact in New Wyatt Earp Documentary
The Legend Becomes Fact in New Wyatt Earp Documentary
And With Him Came the West explores the truth behind Hollywood's favorite cowboy

July 11, 2019

Crime Month: <i>Gypsy</i> on Netflix
Crime Month: Gypsy on Netflix
In this series, Naomi Watts puts the "psycho" in psychotherapy

July 9, 2019

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 2
July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 2
A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 8-14

July 7, 2019

Crime Month: <i>Dr. Death</i>
Crime Month: Dr. Death
True-crime podcast is every patient's worst nightmare

July 5, 2019

Crime Month: Encyclopedia Brown
Crime Month: Encyclopedia Brown
Can you solve our fondness for Idaville's favorite sleuth?

July 3, 2019

What Happened to Bonnie and Clyde's Missing Gun?
What Happened to Bonnie and Clyde's Missing Gun?
In which we hear the report of a gun and a secret is revealed

July 3, 2019

Day Trips: Texas Prison Museum
Day Trips: Texas Prison Museum
Slammer school in Huntsville

July 3, 2019

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 1
July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 1
A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 1-7

July 1, 2019

Review: <i>The Annotated Big Sleep</i>
Review: The Annotated Big Sleep
Everything you need to know about Raymond Chandler's classic

July 27, 2018

Review: <i>The Big Book of the Continental Op</i>
Review: The Big Book of the Continental Op
All of the Dashiel Hammett PI's cases in one energetic volume

July 27, 2018

Exposing the Art of the Scam in <i>Lie, Cheat &amp; Steal</i>
Exposing the Art of the Scam in Lie, Cheat & Steal
Comics Pat Sirois and Kath Barbadaro school you on the grift in their podcast

July 26, 2018

Recommended True Crime Podcasts
Recommended True Crime Podcasts
Fill your auditory canals with nefarious activities

July 26, 2018

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