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altHistory is one of the enduring mysteries. There is so much we don't know about what happened before us -- and, of course, we continue to repeat our mistakes.
 
Brad Meltzer is a history buff and he's about to take his love of the historical into homes with the new 10-part series Brad Meltzer's Decoded premiering at 10 p.m. Dec. 2 on the History channel. It will continue to air on Thursdays with encores.
 
Meltzer is known for his meticulous research, which has earned him so much respect that he was part of the Department of Homeland Security's Red Cell program, helping to explore new ways that terrorists may attack the U.S. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have aided him in his research.
 
Teaming with a professor/journalist, a mechanical engineer and a trial lawyer, Meltzer will try to unravel some of our most provocative enigmas.
 
Brad Meltzer's Decoded's first episode investigates the secret presidential codes of Thomas Jefferson and how they may be partially responsible for the death of explorer, Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark. Meltzer finds that the Lewis family has been working for 15 years to exhume his body, but has been thwarted by the National Parks. This episode attempts to answer why the federal government is keeping the body buried against the family’s wishes and what really happened to this iconic explorer.
 
Meltzer is the author of seven novels, the non-fiction New York Times best-seller Heroes For My Son, and two acclaimed comic books. He is the first author to ever reach the No. 1 spot on both the New York Times and the Diamond comic book bestseller lists simultaneously. His newest thriller, The Inner Circle, will be released in January 2011.
 
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altOne of my new favorite TV shows is old to many viewers.
Luther is one of the grittiest, darkest police dramas to come around in a while. It's also one of the most fascinating.
Luther, now airing on BBC America, stars Idris Elba as Luther, an intelligent detective whose own torments mirror those of the criminals he hunts. Luther is emotional, impulsive and prone to take the law into his own hands. He is both appealing and repulsive and
impossible to resist.
Luther is as much a psychological thriller as it is a police procedural, giving an insider's view to the mean streets of London.
The smart scripts are matched by the insightful performance by Elba, who also was so wonderful as Stringer Bell in HBO's brilliant series The Wire.
Luther airs on BBC America on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 9 p.m. CST.
The finale is tonight, Nov. 28. And judging from last week's amazing, emotional roller coaster, this should be quite an episode. (For those trying to catch up, Luther is available On Demand.)
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On the leading edge of e-publishing, David Morrell releases his full-length thriller, The Naked Edge, along with nine of his previously published  books, in electronic book format exclusively in the Kindle Store on Amazon.
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Crusading journalists who solve murders may seem a fictional fantasy and, truth be told, in real newsrooms, of course, most journalists don't moonlight as sleuths. But many journalists' reporting has helped get innocent people released from custody, or bring to light corrupt politicians. So these mysteries have a sense of reality.
In his 2009 novel The Scarecrow, Michael Connelly, a former newspaper reporter himself, returned to character of Los Angeles Times crime reporter Jack McEvoy, who was introduced in The Poet (1996). The Scarecrow tackled the downsizing of newspaper staffs, the embattled newspaper industry and the rise of the Internet in a tense action-laden plot. In my review, I also mentioned that "The Scarecrow also works as a tale about work ethics, integrity and pride in a job well done, even if that employment is ending."
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Jason Pinter's action-packed series about New York newspaper reporter Henry Parker show how the all-consuming business of covering the news can control one's life. The Darkness is a good place to start with this series.
Jonathon King, the Edgar-winning author of the Max Freeman novels, set his Eye of Vengeance (2006) in a South Florida newsroom -- a place King knows well having worked at a South Florida newspaper for some 18 years. In Eye of Vengeance, crime reporter Nick Mullins' articles about a sniper shooting leads him to believe that a killer is targeting criminals that he has written about.

Jan Burke's series about California newspaper reporter Irene Kelly have earned the author numerous awards. In these novels, Burke has delivered deep, rich plots about the devastating effects of crime as seen through the prism of an insightful, ethical journalist. A personal favorite is Bloodlines.

Edna Buchanan's Britt Montero covers crime for a Miami newspaper.

Although Lisa Scottoline is best known for her legal thrillers, she focused on a newspaper reporter and single mother in Look Again (2009).
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Who do you want to see play Lee Child's Jack Reacher in the movie version?
We actually may be getting closer to the day that we see Lee Child's Jack Reacher character make it to the screen.
altAccording to the Hollywood Reporter and a couple of other sources, Christopher McQuarrie has been tapped to rework an existing script for the Paramount thriller One Shot and to become its director.
McQuarrie won an Oscar for writing The Usual Suspects and co-wrote the upcoming Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist. The first and last time he directed was the 2000 The Way of the Gun.
One Shot, the ninth book in the series, is about a military sniper accused of murder who seeks Reacher's help.
Now that the script and the director are set, can the casting be far behind? Who to play Jack Reacher, the former military cop turned drifter? I think it has to be an unknown or a TV actor who can carry a movie.
Like I said, Who do you want to see play Lee Child's Jack Reacher in the movie version?
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