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Maigret’s Jurisdiction

Maigret’s Jurisdiction

THESE MIGHT BE Jules Maigret’s best years ever. It is not hard to picture the sardonic hero of Georges Simenon’s best-selling novels smiling down on us from policier heaven. And why wouldn’t he?...

The Mysterious Life of David Goodis

The Mysterious Life of David Goodis

LITERARY OBSCURITY is a curious beast. Why do some writers get discovered and stay famous, while others, perhaps just as good, possibly even better, remain undiscovered or burn brightly for a brief pe...

A Mormon Mystery

A Mormon Mystery

THE PREMISE of The Bishop’s Wife, by Mette Ivie Harrison, is a compelling one: Linda Wallheim, a Mormon mother with four grown sons and one nearly out of high school, is married to an accountant who...

Chandler’s Shadow

Chandler’s Shadow

The following is a feature article from the new intern issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: The Magazine. The issue, which our interns produced as part of this past summer’s LARB Publishing Co...

The Fun of Frost

The Fun of Frost

SIX BOOKS. That is all the Inspector Frost you can read by R.D. Wingfield (1928–2007). A unique writer, Wingfield managed to blend two disparate genres: serious, sometimes brutal, crime and laugh-ou...

Politics and Pool in Providence

Politics and Pool in Providence

GOOD MYSTERY SERIES create familiarity. I recently binged on Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, mystery stories so solidly set in the Eastern Townships of Quebec that I actually jumped in my c...

The Roughneck’s Lament

The Roughneck’s Lament

CRIME FICTION follows a tried-and-true formula — PI, reporter, intrepid reporter/lawyer is drawn into an investigation, they meet resistance, resistance is conquered, heroes go after baddies, hero b...

The Apotheosis of Envy

The Apotheosis of Envy

I DEVOURED Keigo Higashino’s novel Malice. I read it in one sitting, curled up on my couch with my knees tucked under a blanket. As Higashino peeled back the mystery, I felt deliciously uneasy. Some...

The Devil’s Merry-Go-Round of Cape Town Noir

The Devil’s Merry-Go-Round of Cape Town Noir

IN THE PAST 15 YEARS there has been a blossoming of noir in South African literature, flourishing in an environment that combines a hope for the future with the hard realities — poverty, crime, and ...

A Rabbi and a Hit Man Walk into a Subdivision

A Rabbi and a Hit Man Walk into a Subdivision

WHAT’S LEFT TO SAY about the trials and tribulations of the Italian-American mobster? We’ve seen him in strip clubs, and we’ve seen him in therapy. At this point, his biography nestles somewhere...

Something Rotten in Denmark

Something Rotten in Denmark

I WAS INTRODUCED to Nordic noir in the same way as most readers: someone handed me a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. When the novel was at the peak of its popularity, I had resisted reading i...