A couple of crime fiction novels may hit the movie theaters in the next couple of years. Emphasis on “may,” as one never knows when it comes to filmmaking.
But if these novels do become movies, we should be in for a treat.
Olen Steinhauer’s All the Old Knives
Olen Steinhauer has adopted his latest novel, All the Old Knives, into a screenplay. Neil Burger (Divergent) is attached to direct the movie, which is now fully funded and casting will begin immediately, according to Variety and St. Martin’s Press, the novel’s publisher.
Principal photography is expected to begin by the end of the year.
All the Old Knives is a taut, tightly plotted story by Steinhauer, who is best known for his sweeping spy thrillers. All the Old Knives is akin to My Dinner With Andre, only with spies.
All the Old Knives starts out as a quiet little tale in which two ex-lovers—one a CIA spy and the other an ex-CIA spy—get together for dinner in the lovely town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
What could go wrong?
After all, they are just going to reminisce about the old days.
But have they come for the memories or to renew their romance? Or is something more sinister afoot?
Both were involved in the disastrous hijacking of a Jordanian plane in which everyone onboard died. Was it a conspiracy all those years ago?
And will each of the dinner partners survive through dessert? Or in time to pay the check?
All the Old Knives is to be the first project from the newly launched indie studio the Mark Gordon Company and Entertainment One.
Apparently this is the second time Willis has attempted to film the 1987 novel.
If it does happen this time, Willis wants to play the lead of Jack Delaney, an ex-con, a jewel thief turned mortician. The ensemble drama is to be scripted by Mitch Glazer, Deadline.com reports.
Willis first optioned Bandits shortly after it was published in 1987.
After Willis let the rights lapse, Bandits was one of the four Leonard titles that were once acquired by Quentin Tarantino.
Apparently, Tarantino let the other options lapse after he turned Leonard’s novel Rum Punch into the movie Jackie Brown.
By OLINE H. COGDILL
Mystery writers are always cooking up some devious plot, nasty villain, or compelling hero or heroine.
And we hope they are not cooking up bad puns like I just used.
But some mystery writers are also good in the kitchen as two new cookbooks show.
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For, edited by Kate White, published by Quirk Books, is now on bookshelves and reading devices.
The Cozy Cookbook from Berkley doesn’t list an editor on my advanced copy but will be coming out on April 7.
Both books are chock-full of a variety of recipes that sound terrific.
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook is illustrated with beautiful photography with more than 100 recipes from authors whose offerings continue the mystery theme with breakfasts, entrees, desserts..., well, you get the picture. And of course there is a section on cocktails.
The offerings are quite varied.
The description alone of Alafair Burke’s Ellie Hatcher’s Rum-Soaked Nutella French Toast alone makes me hungry. Just wait until you see the photo. But Burke’s offering, like those of the other authors, also pays homage to her series character, NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher.
But nothing beats simplicity as Lee Child’s “recipe” on making a cup of coffee. Well, what do you expect from Jack Reacher, the epitome of simplicity?
One would expect authors of culinary mysteries such as Diane Mott Davidson to contribute but it also is nice to see offerings by Harlan Coben, Frankie Y. Bailey, Alison Gaylin, Greg Herren, Peter James, among others. And the editors have gotten a good range of authors, too, from the well known such as Mary Higgins Clark to authors you may not be familiar with, but should.
The authors featured in The Cozy Cookbook have each somehow written about food and include an excerpt from their novels to introduce a recipe.
Julie Hyzy, who writes about a White House chef, offers three egg recipes that go with the snippet from her novel State of the Onion, and then returns to offer recipes for entrees, side dishes, and more.
Cleo Coyle’s Murder by Mocha is the introduction for her recipes of Roasted Rock Cornish Game Hens with Rosemary and Lemon Butter and Clare’s Roasted Chicken with Rosemary and Lime for Mike.
Chicken also is on the menu for Leslie Budewitz, who uses her segment from Crime Rib to offer The World’s Best Grilled Chicken Breasts.
The Cozy Cookbook offers a list of novels by each author along with a short bio, a handy guide to end the book.
This is one time when I will say neither of these books belong on your bookshelf. Instead, both cookbooks deserve to be in the kitchen.