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With seamy characters and monkey-puzzle plots, there are no juicier books than the well-written crime novel. A good thriller has the impact of a shovel to the face. Do you love 'em like you should with intention, enthusiasm and from the gut? Of course you do, and that's why you'll be at the Saint Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-994-3300) this evening at 7 p.m. to enjoy Suspense Night, a distinguished panel of crime-noir authors. Peter Blauner, Reed Farrel Coleman, Michael Kahn, Scott Phillips and Ridley Pearson read from their books, which encompass descriptions like slick, sick, airtight and meticulously forensically detailed. All of them have received nominations for their work, and Phillips (who resides in St. Louis, as does Pearson) saw his book The Ice Harvest made into a critically-acclaimed film as well. This free event is the perfect opportunity for avid readers and casual thrill seekers alike to slip into darkness with a jaunt across the yellow tape.
Thu., May 25