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jm-cornwell's picture
Sep.18.2012
To think that I could be taken in by an 87-year-old Jewish private investigator from page 1 is possible, but hasn't happened before. It might happen again if Barry Fantoni writes more of Harry Lipkin's adventures, and I sure hope he does. Harry Lipkin, Private Eye is a gumshoe novel in a class by...
pauline-rowson's picture
Aug.23.2012
There are many different types of crime novels and crime short stories ranging from gritty gruesome, cosy comfortable to cops, robbers and gangsters, racy, action-packed thrillers, historical or contemporary crime novels, detective or private eye and many more variations in between. Then...
stephen-brayton's picture
Aug.10.2012
With the forthcoming release of my latest book, Alpha, I know one of the popular interview questions will be: “How did you ever come to write this story?” Another will be: “But wasn't your first book entitled Beta? Why the reverse titles?”   Allow me to answer the first part of the second...
cliff-burns's picture
Aug.20.2011
Evere since I upgraded my old Mac, I've been offering daily thanks to the Creator for inspiring such a wondrous device as the iMac.  Which can do almost anything, except balance my bank account (a feat, methinks, that would stump even the latest supercomputer). I've used it as a word processor...
larry-schliessmann's picture
May.12.2009
Noir mysteries sculpt imagery from the ice of vocabulary not the stone of definition. Stone is brittle, shaped only by tools. Mood alters ice as it weaves around characters while they struggle to live the plot without knowing their destinations or the consequences of their decisions. Like the...
larry-schliessmann's picture
May.09.2009
Michael Hacker McKaybees is a troubled man. Those who know him call him Hacker. Most do not know that his legal name is Michael. Back in college, after a stint in the Gulf War, he perfected the art of computer hacking, and years later, while working with the FBI, uses the skill to aid their search...
larry-schliessmann's picture
Apr.25.2009
Modern noir mysteries anchor the genre in its 70+ year history with the temper of emotion mentioned in the first post regarding this style of writing. Which is this: the mood of good noir mystery fiction should be set in the first page, paragraph, or in the first sentence. The mood must be dark...
larry-schliessmann's picture
Apr.21.2009
Originally, I planned to start this series with examples of modern authors who I feel write Noir Mysteries. However, the longer I dug through my pulp fiction collection the more I knew that my decision would prove itself incorrect. Running backwards creates blind spots, so I've altered my approach...
craig-mcdonald's picture
Apr.01.2009
(Author’s note: Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations About the Writing Life, is my second collection of author interviews. This one includes James Ellroy, Pete Dexter, Daniel Woodrell, Elmore Leonard and the late, great James Crumley. Rogue Males also features an account of a trip to the...
harry-shannon's picture
Jun.11.2008
"Facing the Pressure of Darkness" By Harry Shannon              So there I was, parked in my personal darkness. Stuck, facing an empty white screen and a blinking cursor... After three horror novels and two Mick Callahan mysteries (‘Memorial Day' and ‘Eye of the Burning Man') I'd decided...