“Blood Grove,” by Walter Mosley (Mulholland Books)
Walter Mosley’s Los Angeles detective, Easy Rawlins, has always invited comparisons to the original hard-boiled Southern California...
NEW YORK (AP) — Two of crime fiction's most famous storytellers, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie, also knew how to get a laugh.
Chandler, beyond the terse and cynical narratives of...
NEW YORK (AP) — The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle.
"Only to Sleep: a Philip Marlow Novel" (Hogarth), by Lawrence Osborne
As only the third author ever authorized by Raymond Chandler's estate to write a Philip Marlowe novel, Lawrence Osborne declares, in his postscript to "Only to Sleep," that the task was "perilous."
He's got that right. After all, even crime fiction legend Robert B. Parker wasn't up to it, producing two Marlowe novels that are best forgotten.
"The Outsider" (Scribner), by Stephen King
Stephen King's new novel, "The Outsider," opens with witness interviews in a typewriter font, laying out the details of a grisly crime and setting the scene for a detective story.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Author Matt Goldman was a "literary fiction snob," a former standup comedian and "Seinfeld" writer from Minnesota who had never read a crime novel. Then he read Raymond Chandler's stories of private investigator Philip Marlowe walking the mean streets of Los Angeles, and everything changed.
"Sunburn" (William Morrow), by Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman's versatility as a writer ascends to a new level with her excellent 22nd novel, "Sunburn," which ignites as a classic hard-boiled mystery and contemporary domestic thriller.
NEW YORK (AP) — A newly discovered Raymond Chandler story has everything from an indictment of the medical industry to some mysterious scribble.