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My crime classics by Steph Cha

American crime fiction is changing, and one of the people driving that is the Californian author, Steph Cha. Of course, it always has been changing, but Steph is a writer who has brought a much needed fresh perspective on things. She’s a Korean American and…
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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: My classics by Joe Hefferon

Joe Hefferon is a New Jersey writer turning what he knows about real detective work after serving 25 years on the force into noir-inspired crime fiction. We reviewed his novel The Last Meridian here, and in November his new book, Countdown to Osaka, hits the…
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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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