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February 13, 1997
Playwright Anthony Shaffer's murder mystery "Sleuth" opens Friday at Irvine Valley College's Forum Theatre. Performances will be Thursdays through Sundays through March 2. "Sleuth," one of the longest-running plays in the history of London theater, was a winner of the Drama Critics Circle Award. The theater is on the college's campus, 5500 Irvine Center Drive. Performances Thursday through Saturday begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
April 18, 2014 | By Darcey Steinke
When his mother begins getting serious about her new boyfriend, 15-year-old Miles Adler-Hart does what any good citizen of L.A. would do: He hires a private detective. "Casebook," the sixth novel by Mona Simpson, focuses on divorce and its aftermath through the eyes of Miles, who himself is a budding expert in espionage. The book opens with him at 9 lying in wait under his parents' bed gazing up at the box springs' "gray dust towers, in globular, fantastic formations. " He hopes to find out if he'll be allowed to watch the TV show "Survivor," but he learns much more than he bargained for. His father admits his attraction to other women, and his mother reveals that she is deeply unhappy.
November 26, 1990
SURELOCK lost his biggest single bet of the meeting, $200, when Exbourne was third in the ninth race, but finished with an $88 profit Sunday after hitting the exacta in the seventh. SURELOCK's Sun. Bankroll: $1,586 Sunday's Profit: $88 Current Bankroll: $1,674 Bob Mieszerski, who had taken the lead over the computer Saturday, dropped behind again when Bray Bay finished far back in the sixth race. Bob's Sun. Bankroll: $1,767.20 Sunday's Loss: $100 Current Bankroll: $1,667.
November 3, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
If it weren't for Google trying to cover it up, the old sea-worn barge stacked four stories high with customized shipping containers may not have become an object of global fascination. But Google being Google with all its out-there projects - many ripped from the pages of sci-fi bestsellers - the secrecy behind the barge has taken on a life of its own. Google isn't saying anything, and having guards shoo away prying eyes has only added to the mystery. Since the barge was discovered 10 days ago, my imagination has raced through mind-blowing possibilities.
June 8, 2012 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After Swedish author Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels became beloved detective stories but before Kenneth Branagh starred in English-language TV versions of the books, two series of television episodes featuring the character were made in Sweden. One of these 90-minute installments, translated in English as "The Revenge," has been released theatrically in America, although its enjoyment level remains strictly that of something you'd cozy up to at home on the couch: hardly cinematic but economically steered by director Charlotte Brandstrom.
July 14, 2006 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
It goes without saying in detective fiction that the hero will always be the smartest person in the room, though lately on television there has been a rage for the super-gifted, even supernaturally gifted (and usually female) sleuth, whose powers of observation and intuition are insisted upon as part of the premise. (See "The Closer," "Medium," "Cold Case," "Bones," "The Inside" and "Criminal Minds."
July 21, 2008 | Paula L. Woods, Special to The Times
Mysteries and thrillers are two distinct forms of the crime fiction genre. The former revolve around the investigation of a crime by a professional or amateur sleuth; thrillers usually pit a hero against a villain whose diabolical plot is uncovered as the story progresses. Thrillers are particularly distinguished by their sense of urgency, placing the reader in the middle of the action, sometimes alongside the perpetrator. Sometimes mysteries and thrillers get their literary DNA scrambled and give rise to memorable hybrids like Thomas Harris' "The Silence of the Lambs" or Michael Connelly's "The Poet.
November 8, 2009 | By Sarah Weinman
One of the hardest tasks a crime writer faces is how to keep a long-running series fresh. The worst-case scenario is when authors let their detective run amok far longer than necessary, leading to an exasperated fan base that buys new installments out of grudging loyalty. Case in point: The bite and vigor of Robert B. Parker's "Spenser" series has diminished into softened decrepitude, with the Boston private eye more content to sit around and lob gentle sallies at his psychologist lady love Susan Silverman (and marvel at the ones he gets in return)
June 16, 1987
CBS, which is giving viewers a chance to vote on pilot shows being aired this summer on "CBS Summer Playhouse," got a thumbs up on last Friday night's presentation of "The Saint." With Andrew Clarke starring as legendary British sleuth Simon Templar, "The Saint" received 40,218 yes to 3,715 no votes, the network said Monday. Viewers can cast their votes via a special 900 telephone number. Each call costs 50 cents.
February 7, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
Somewhere along the line--specifically with "Sleuth"--the thriller became the fooler, a naked duel between the playwright and the audience as to who could outsmart the other. "Watch out, she's got a knife!" In a thriller--by the second act, anyway--you could be pretty sure it was a real knife. In the fooler, maybe not. Maybe "she" was the gamekeeper's uncle, the one we thought got killed in the first act. Maybe this wasn't a murder story at all.
November 1, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Just what is that Google mystery barge? A floating data center? A Google Glass showroom? A party boat?  One of the things that seems to have thrown off the sleuths trying to deduce its purpose: They're looking at the wrong lease.  A week ago, CNET broke the story of the Google mystery barge, in part by using a bunch of clues based on the current leaseholder for Hangar 3 on Treasure Island: a Delaware company called By and Large....
September 17, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Amid the intense law enforcement search for the Navy Yard shooting suspect Monday, social media site Reddit halted attempts by amateur sleuths on its site to locate the gunman. Within hours after the first shots were fired, a subreddit called “findnavyyardshooters” had already cropped up - and was subsequently banned - on the website. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin said in a statement to The Times that the site banned the forum because it violated its rules regarding the posting of personal information.
July 13, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
When Bridget Reilly and her young son began eating gluten-free, she also began to find grocery shopping a real headache. So many labels to read and so much food that her family didn't really like and that she didn't really like feeding them. "I was driving around to four different stores every week and reading all the labels," Reilly says. Her alternative was to open a store, which she did. It's called the Bite Market, and everything is gluten- and dairy-free. It sits in the Orange business district, among the antique shops and not far from Chapman University, the source of some of her business.
April 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara published her first Mas Arai mystery in 2004; the series starring the Japanese American gardener and crime solver is now on its fifth novel, "Strawberry Yellow. " She visited our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk with staff writer Carolyn Kellogg about the character and its connection to her heritage. Japanese gardeners were iconic in Southern California in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, Hirahara explains. But detectives -- not so much.
April 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Thanks to Sherlock Holmes and his Doctor Watson, we are used to detectives coming in asymmetrical pairs: Your Batman and Robin (superheroes, you say, but their career began in Detective Comics), your Poirot and Hastings, your Morse and Lewis, your Lewis and Hathaway. Your Doctor and his current companion. The hero and the protégé, the genius and the occasionally inspired sidekick. More satisfying to my sensibility is another sort of crime-solving unit: the cooperative team, with or without leader, in which each brings to the table a necessary specialty, the Scooby Gang, as it is often short-handed nowadays.
April 20, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Over the last few days, thousands of people have taken to the Internet to play Sherlock Holmes. Armed with little more than grainy surveillance camera videos, cellphone photos and live tweets from police scanners, they have flooded the Web with clues, tips and speculation about what happened in Boston and who might have been behind it. Monday's bombings, the first major terrorist attack on American soil in the age of smartphones, Twitter and...
January 12, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Guns in hand, groups of camouflaged hunters trudged through the Florida Everglades on Saturday hoping to bag a giant Burmese python and a cash prize. Florida's Python Challenge began Saturday afternoon, a monthlong event officials hope will help end the terror the invasive species has inflicted upon the environment. Nearly 800 people from more the 30 states have signed up for the challenge. Two competitions will be held. A small fraction of the contestants are professional python slayers who will compete among themselves.
December 20, 2012 | By Melissa Healy
Will Adam Lanza's genes help answer the incomprehensible? Connecticut's chief medical examiner, Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, has said that he has asked a geneticist at the University of Connecticut to contribute to the investigation of Lanza , the 20-year-old who last week shot 20 children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Conn., and then turned the gun on himself as police arrived. Hope of peering into Lanza's state of mind as he prepared his final act has been dashed by the assailant's apparent destruction of his computer's hard drive.
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