At the end of the day, Pochoda’s „Visitation Street“ has given Banerjee more respect for Denis Lehane, for choosing such a nuanced story about urban America. Hopefully, the imprint will continue to find authors who aren’t afraid to go beyond labels and safe places.
At the outset of the book, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova, daughter of famed and reclusive horror film director Stanislas Cordova, is found dead, an apparent suicide. “There’s something he does to the children”, an anonymous caller claims.
Up until about 1982, I wouldn’t have wanted to be a woman in crime fiction. The options were so limited: spinster, dame, victim, femme fatale. In noir fiction for example, as Ian Crouch observes, the women are “often no more than projections of male desire.”
The Tree Breaks Free of the Forest: Charlie Smith’s „Men in Miami Hotels.“ Stolen emeralds, a transvestite performer, and gunshots, are just some of the obstacles Charlie Smith’s latest protagonist faces in order to save his mother’s Florida home.
Sepinwall’s book, alongside GQ journalist Martin’s „Difficult Men“ constitutes the first attempt to tell the story of the television paradigm shift put in motion by Fontana, Chase, and some risk-taking executives at HBO around the turn of the century.
Heal, Dog, Heal! – Officer James, the hero of „Suspect“, Robert Crais’s latest novel, was a promising LAPD cop slated for bigger things whose career seems to have ended the same night his life almost did.
Why has Ross Thomas fallen out of favor? It’s not uncommon these days to stumble across some critic extolling the merits of the latest hotshot crime writer. When it comes to crime fiction, flavors-of-the-month are a dime a dozen, and self-parody is an occupational hazard.
Gil Brewer’s career spanned from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s. In that time, he wrote 50 novels, 33 of which were under his own name, as well as numerous short stories. The last novel published in his lifetime (under his own name) was in 1970.
If you’re a snob, you might as well stop reading now. „Joyland“ is quick reading, and its pleasures are simple ones. And yet it’s just complicated enough to force us to question the distinction between high and low literature.
As it does in all noir fiction — and Countdown City is more noir than whodunit — the specter of mortality haunts the characters. Unlike most novels, however, death is the text here rather than the subtext.
So, what began as L.A. noir, Gopnik posits, has since been transmuted as the fiction of Florida glare.
Adrian Raine’s new book, which was published in the spring of this year and went to press shortly after Newtown, intervenes in the political discussion with arguments based on comprehensive studies of the human brain, using the latest technology.
Twenty years ago, Manuel Ramos introduced lovers of noir fiction to Luis Móntez, a burnt-out Denver attorney, in the acclaimed novel, „The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz“. This year has seen the publication of Ramos’s eighth novel, „Desperado“.
„Black Pulp“ tackles the problem of lacking black charakters head-on — appropriately enough — and with an admirable lack of subtlety, giving us a dozen unabashed adventure stories with black protagonists.
After the first episodes of Jane Campion’s crime drama resist any typical whodunit structure, the third slackens the rope. What makes „Top of the Lake“ different? For starters, the object of obsession is a young Thai girl named Tui, not a blonde prom queen.
Rachel Monroe has read the tragic tale of young Sharon Tate’s untimely and bloody death written by Brie Tate and Alisa Stratman. „Restless Souls“ narrates:The War on Murder: Sharon Tate and the Victims‘ Rights Movement.
The kind of stalking described in James Lasdun’s meditative new memoir, „Give Me Everything You Have“, is new in history. His stalker never presents herself in person , which lends a sinister twist to the story.
The most powerful myth surrounding Rowling is how the author created „Harry Potter.“ The myth is so irresistible that any single mother with limited means writing a book will hear someone at some point say to her in a spirit of encouragement: “Look at J.K. Rowling.”
Jenkins examines the history of “Hollywood confidential” in „The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television“. Short and dry, her book raises serious ethical and legal questions about the relationship between the CIA and Hollywood. .
2013 marks the 45th anniversary of one of crime fiction’s most enduring and hardest working PIs: Bill Pronzini’s Nameless Detective. Nameless has appeared in 36 novels and more than 40 short stories.
„Detour“ is an ultra-low-budget 1946 film noir that packs an undeniable punch. “He went searching for love,” the „Detour“ poster said, “but fate forced a detour” — to accidental murder. The film is one of Richard Lingeman’s touchstones in his new book.
Despite the critical superlatives heaped upon Marek Krajewski’s „Death in Breslau,“ the first of the Polish author’s Inspector Eberhard Mock Investigations series released in the U.S., the novel fails to ignite fully as a thriller.