I talk to investigative journalist Hella Winston about working at the New York Post, the current popularity of media focused on wrongful convictions, and the process of writing a book based in two different decades.
Full article at Los Angeles Review of Books
CONVICTION makes the list!
Full article at PopSugar
Thrilled to be among some seriously badass writers on this list from LitHub. Lisa Levy writes of CONVICTION:
‘“I didn’t do it.” Four words scrawled on a piece of paper by a man serving a life sentence make their way into the hands of reporter Rebekah Roberts and a novel is born. Conviction is the third in Dahl’s series centered around young reporter Roberts but it’s a great leap forward in style, pacing, characterization, and plot. The point of view shifts, as does the time frame from when the murders were committed to the present. Dahl’s confidence in writing about the Hasidim and other Jewish sects in Brooklyn has gotten notably stronger: she describes their lives with authority and compassion, and her Jewish characters are also more complex. Conviction boasts a long list of complex and interesting characters of all walks of life, from the put upon Jewish sects in Crown Heights who feel oppressed by violence and shortchanged by the horrible conditions of their apartments to their African-American neighbors, who don’t understand the dress and the customs of their new neighbors. Dahl has written the novel about the Crown Heights conflict, and in these times when it takes so little to turn a neighborhood conflict into something bigger, it’s worth studying how she thinks it might have been averted.”
RUN YOU DOWN is number one on this amazing list!
Full article at PopSugar
On the occasion of the paperback launch of RUN YOU DOWN, I talk to the Mystery Writers of America about bad reviews, what I’m reading, and why I don’t outline.
Full article at Mystery Writers of America
I talked about my interfaith upbringing and how it inspired me to write about the ultra-Orthodox of NYC with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s The State of Things
Full article at WUNC
Julia Dahl and Steph Cha are writing two of the most interesting series around, and both have new installments out this summer. Set in LA and New York City, respectively, Steph and Julia use both their settings and their strong willed female protagonists to dive into issues of ethnicity and community, but their books are neither didactic nor dull. They are mysteries with a social conscience, and their protagonists, both young women making their way in the world (and occasionally stumbling into a crime) are both sympathetic and wry.
Full article at The Life Sentence
I talk crime fiction, Bruce Springsteen and True Detective, Season 2 with author Alex Segura
Full article at Stuff & Nonsense
I was ecstatic to hear Maureen Corrigan recommend RUN YOU DOWN as one of 4 thrillers to read this summer:
“…Dahl is an evocative writer, never more so than when she’s describing the nascent yearnings of those younger members of [the ultra-Orthodox Jewish] religious community — gay, vaguely feminist, simply different — who can’t quite fit in, but can’t quite leave.”
Link: NPR's Fresh Air