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For Lovers of the Hardboiled Crime Story, Life Began with the Black Bird

Recently I sat in a dark auditorium to watch a screening of “The Maltese Falcon” for what must have been the 100th time. Most of the others in the audience were college students, and within minutes they began to titter. … Continue reading

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In Praise of Bryan Gruley

Bryan Gruley, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, was an Edgar Award finalist in the debut novel category for his first novel, Starvation Lake. The second, which is just out, is every bit as good. I reviewed the book … Continue reading

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Making Graham Greene Complete

Strand Magazine, a fine periodical devoted to crime fiction, has been serializing The Empty Chair, a previously unpublished novella by the late great Graham Greene. But if you are waiting to see how the story turns out, you are out … Continue reading

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This First-Time Novelist’s Big Surprise

After 40 years in journalism, worrying constantly about getting every fact exactly right, I thought it would be liberating to make stuff up.  So last summer I retired as writing coach of The Associated Press to become a full-time novelist. … Continue reading

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