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The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

PHILIP KERR is best known for his Bernie Gunther series, now at nine books and counting. They are phenomenal, a riveting glimpse into the mass psychosis of Nazi Germany. Kerr’s novels span 1934-1954...

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...

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...

No Big Sleep for Raymond Chandler

No Big Sleep for Raymond Chandler

EARLY IN MARCH, I attended one of the Writers Bloc interview sessions that Andrea Grossman presents regularly in Los Angeles, this one featuring Dublin author John Banville. He was touring from his na...

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

A Bright, Guilty World: The Biography of a Film

I like reflections — as long as they aren’t mine.— Orson Welles The Lady from Shanghai is far from a good film.— David Thomson Welles made The Lady from Shanghai to show Hollywood that he wa...

Carry On Sleuthing ...

Carry On Sleuthing ...

TO BE HONEST, I think Colin Dexter had the right idea: in hopes that no one would be inclined to continue his Inspector Morse series after his death, the author wrote The Remorseful Day, in which his ...