Monthly Archives: August 2015

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 9-10

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? Chandler, Raymond.  The Long Goodbye.  Boston: Houghton, 1954. In creating Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler followed the model that Dashiell Hammett provided in Sam Spade.  Both are hardboiled detectives who expect the worst of most people and are seldom proven to be overly pessimistic.  Both operate on the dangerous ground…

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 7-8.

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Capote, Truman.  In Cold Blood.  New York: Random House, 1966. With In Cold Blood, Truman Capote not only established himself as a major voice among writers of his generation, but also created the prototype for several new genres.  The book has been classified as a “true crime” book, a “nonfiction…

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 5-6.

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Burke, James Lee.  A Morning for Flamingoes.  Boston: Little, Brown, 1990. In James Lee Burke’s novels featuring Dave Robicheaux, the Louisiana setting is a character as vividly drawn as the protagonist himself. The bayou country is, at once, a lush paradise and the dismal swamp. The plantation architecture harks back…

My Predictions about What Will Be Revealed and What Will Occur in the Finale of Season Two of True Detective

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After this past week’s penultimate episode, it is clear that the crime that set much of the current action in motion occurred two decades earlier. During the 1992 L.A. race riots, several corrupt Vinci police officers committed an armed robbery of a jewelry store, with the most conspicuous loot being…