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Books to Die For

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In a floundering publishing industry, mystery novels are consistent best sellers. The CBS crime drama NCIS competes only with Sunday night football for top ratings on the Nielsen scale. Why do mysteries have such a grip on our imagination? The new book “Books to Die For” (Washington Square Press/2012) examines that question in essays from prominent mystery writers about their own favorite mystery stories. John Connolly, editor of “Books to Die For,” joins host Frank Stasio to discuss why we get such satisfaction from solving a puzzle or pinning a murderer.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Shawn Wen joined the staff of The State of Things in March 2012 and served as associate producer until February 2014.