The Light Inside Noir

The Light Inside Noir

The Light Inside Noir In 2010, James Ellroy and Otto Penzler edited an anthology of noir fiction, The Best American Noir of the Century. A writer for the New Yorker asked Penzler what accounted for the popularity of such dark tales. He said, “Have you ever lifted up a rock and seen slugs and millipedes and other ugly […]

Top Ten Crime Novels Set in Boston

Top Ten Crime Novels Set in Boston

TOP BOSTON CRIME NOVELS by Thomas O’Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy, authors of Serpents in the Cold and We Were Kings   Promised Land (1976), Ceremony (1982), The Widening Gyre (1983) – Robert B. Parker With the dean of American crime fiction, the forefather of all Boston crime writing, there are simply too many books […]

Ten Things to Learn from Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett

Ten Things to Learn from Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett   If you can’t learn from the best, then you’re not reading carefully enough. Here are ten writing tips I learned from the books of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, who together pretty much invented the modern detective story. A detective always has a code. […]