April 20, 2013 |
In "The Simple Art of Murder," Raymond Chandler wrote that the world inhabited by good crime fiction "is not a fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it. " During a conversation tantalizingly titled "What We Can't Tell You" on Saturday, four such authors pulled back the curtain on how they craft compelling mysteries....
April 4, 2013 |
Raymond Chandler is among the undisputed masters of crime fiction, especially for stories set on the mean Southern California streets. His influence on crime fiction helped expand the genre's settings from sunny vicarages to gritty urban centers, set a high standard for using place as character, made the witty observation de rigueur and gave a new twist to the term "gimlet-eyed. " Chandler's detective hero Philip Marlowe was very much a man of his times, and Chandler a faithful chronicler of them, which included slurs against minorities and gays and a not-so-subtle demonization of many female characters.
March 15, 2013
A look at some recent and recommended books: BIOGRAPHY Photojournalist Tim Hetherington died in 2011 in Libya, two months after attending the Oscars for “Restrepo,” the documentary he made with Sebastian Junger. In “Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer” (Grove Press, $25), the companion to an April HBO documentary, Alan Huffman vividly chronicles the short life of a man drawn to danger zones to capture the horrors of modern warfare. THRILLER Scandinavian crime fiction finds a new voice in Alexander Söderberg, whose dark, intricate debut novel “The Andalucian Friend” (Crown, $26)
October 21, 2012 |
Kingston Noir Edited by Colin Channer Akashic Books: 285 pp; $15.95 trade paper original Starting in 2004 with "Brooklyn Noir," the more than 50 titles in the Akashic Books series of crime fiction have been distinguished by contributions from writers who live in or write about cities and areas rife with Hollywood-influenced dark sensibilities (Los Angeles, Manhattan, San Francisco) as well as unexpected places (the Twin Cities, Orange County, Delhi) but whose stories teem nonetheless with betrayal, rage and revenge.
April 22, 2012
* Panel: Crime Fiction: Buried Secrets When: 11 a.m. Sunday Where: Seeley G. Mudd building on the USC campus Who: Denise Hamilton, Gregg Hurwitz, Thomas Perry, Dan Pyne, moderator Tod Goldberg * Panel: Does this book make me look fat? Laughter on the page When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Davidson Continuing Education Center on the USC campus Who: Merrill Markoe, Dani Klein Modisett, Jill Soloway, moderator Tod Goldberg For more information: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks
October 24, 2011 |
The Irish crime-fiction wave rises to new heights with Stuart Neville's third novel, the tight, telescopic thriller "Stolen Souls. " The writing here is mature and assured: There are no extraneous words or characters, no discussion of Northern Ireland's long and sorrowful "Troubles. " We are beyond politics, beyond the Celtic Tiger and its financial meltdown, mired in a crumbling 21st century Belfast wasteland where Lithuanian gangs bed down with Ulster Loyalists and Republicans as law enforcement looks the other way. And in this world, there is only a girl on the run. The bad guys chasing her. The worse guy waiting with duct tape and pliers.