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Only to Sleep

Written by Lawrence Osborne – Writing a Philip Marlowe novel must be one of the most intimidating jobs in crime fiction. There are few characters who share the sardonic Californian private eye’s iconic status within the genre. Perhaps that’s why, in an era when so…
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CIS: The Big Sleep revisited

It’s impossible to imagine a proper historical survey of noir fiction without reference to Philip Marlowe, the iconic character created by Raymond Chandler in his ground-breaking 1939 debut novel The Big Sleep. Marlowe is the prototypical hardboiled private eye. Street-smart and tough, he reads people and situations at…
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NTN: The Forgotten Addiction

Written by Michael Lion — This is Michael Lion’s second novel and it follows on from The Butcher’s Granddaughter in 2009, also published by American independent New Pulp Press. Lion has found a novel way to update the PI genre – by making the protagonist…
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Truth Dare Kill

Written by Gordon Ferris — Over the last five years, Gordon Ferris has established himself as a distinctive Scottish voice in crime fiction. He’s written one successful series featuring private detective Danny McRae, and another with investigative journalist Douglas Brodie. Truth Dare Kill was his…
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The PI Case Files - Part 4

In our final edition of The PI Case Files, we meet arguably the two greatest investigators of all, plus a relative newcomer whose inclusion may surprise some. However, we think that the verdict of history will place him shoulder to shoulder with the very best….
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CIS: Meet Me at the Morgue

Classics in September — Meet Me at the Morgue by Ross Macdonald — When Crime Fiction Lover announced the Classics in September series, it was a certainty that a Ross Macdonald novel would feature. After all the American writer forms the holy trinity of hardboiled…
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