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The Rabbi Who Knew Too Much

The Rabbi Who Knew Too Much

I BOUGHT MY FIRST Rabbi Small detective novel with a smirk. I had spotted the book, a slowly disintegrating paperback from 1967, in the mystery section of a used bookstore in New York. The very ide...

LA Women

LA Women

YOU'RE GOING to have a tough time if you invoke Philip Marlowe in your LA-noir novels. Steph Cha’s debut, Follow Her Home, introduced nascent gumshoe Juniper Song by following Song — it’s what e...

From Whodunits to Why Bother? Noir at MoMA

From Whodunits to Why Bother? Noir at MoMA

TODAY’S FILM HISTORY is largely yesterday’s Hollywood gossip. With that in mind, Columbia Pictures co-founder Harry Cohn’s reputation as Golden Age Tinseltown’s most hated studio head seems as...

Reality Is Mayhem

Reality Is Mayhem

MARC PASTOR has one of the coolest day jobs a writer can have. He is a forensic detective and police sketch artist — a crime scene investigator — in the Barcelona area. In his spare time he has wr...

Neo-Noir and Anti-Realism in Sam Fuller

Neo-Noir and Anti-Realism in Sam Fuller

CLASSIC FILM NOIR was in its last throes as the 1960s began. Many of the genre’s most important directors and stars were either dead or relegated to television, and the B-movie production machine ...

YAC Hit List: Noir

YAC Hit List: Noir

INSIDE THE INSTITUTION WALLS, under the thumb of corrupt authority figures, and beholden to arbitrary rules, the school day slowly passes, venetian blinds in every classroom casting the walls in strip...

Manchette’s Mayhem

Manchette’s Mayhem

IN THE MIDDLE of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Mad and the Bad, the two central characters, Julie and Peter, pursued by kidnappers, seek refuge in a department store. Calls for police create a ...

The Criminal Kind: Noir Women

The Criminal Kind: Noir Women

TO SAY IT IS long overdue is a criminal understatement — Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense Paperback is simply one of the most significant anthol...

“The Writer Should Be Invisible”

“The Writer Should Be Invisible”

TIMOTHY HALLINAN is a very busy man, currently writing two books a year. He says it “feels a lot like writing four books a year. It really scoops me out.” His first series was published in the 19...

Two Tough Cops (Who Happen to Be Female)

Two Tough Cops (Who Happen to Be Female)

POLICE OFFICERS are expected to deal with the darkest sides of society without showing any cracks in their Kevlar-tough exteriors. Add personal problems to the daily pressures of being a cop, and ...

The Criminal Kind: Attica Locke’s Cutting Season

The Criminal Kind: Attica Locke’s Cutting Season

ATTICA LOCKE’s The Cutting Season begins with a cottonmouth snake interrupting a wedding, dropping from a tree into the lap of the bride’s mother-in-law. In Locke’s own words, it is a symbol for...

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

WE SEE THEM on the news, holding photos of daughters who never came down for breakfast. Or huddled in airports, waiting for information about planes that have mysteriously disappeared. We catch glimps...