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See You in the Darkness

Aug 23, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

One chilly February evening back in 2008, mystery writer Alan Gordon drove me home from a book launch for Queens Noir (Akashic, 2008), an anthology of dark tales set in my home borough. Both Alan and I live in Forest Hills, a pretty serene neighborhood set deep into Queens. As we approached the police precinct […]

’70s paranoia thrillers and why we need them now more than ever . . .

Aug 20, 2010 in Books, Film, Guest Posts

It was never going to last that long. Golden ages rarely do. But for a while there in the 1970s, that’s what we had. Ten years after Richard Hofstadter coined the phrase “the paranoid style” (in a lecture he delivered just days before JFK was assassinated), the national traumas of Vietnam and Watergate were in […]

Dead Mower Dreams and the Weeds of Boo Radley

Aug 19, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

When someone asks me why I think there’s been a resurgence in dark crime, hard-boiled, and noir fiction, I tell them the story about the house across the street. It’s a two-floor split-foyer that nowadays sort of looks like Boo Radley’s place. It’s become one of those legendary homes where kids are dared to run […]

Mark Billingham and Laura Lippman on themselves and everything else

Aug 18, 2010 in Books, Film, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

I’ve known Mark Billingham since 2002, but I feel as if we’re lifelong friends. When I heard he was going to move to Mulholland, I was sad for our mutual publisher but happy for Mark, if that makes sense. We share several enthusiasms, including the music of Elvis Costello and beer. I guess I should […]

Childhood Obsession Turned Bestselling Novel

Aug 16, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

When I was about five years old, I became obsessed with Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. I didn’t know who Captain Kidd was, but I somehow knew he buried his treasure on Long Island, where I lived then and still live. I also didn’t know then how big Long Island was (it’s long), so I figured […]

The Workplace, Wet or Dry

Aug 13, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

When I first began to write as a kid, what I had in the way of an office was a notepad and a ballpoint pen and any place that was flat where I could work. This was when I was writing entirely for fun, without any knowledge of how something was marketed or sold, or […]

Hey, Sinner Man, Where’d You Go?

Aug 12, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

You’ve probably heard the song. It’s a spiritual, and it starts out something like this: Hey sinner man, where you gonna run to? Hey sinner man, where you gonna run to? Hey sinner man, where you gonna run to? All on that day . . . In the verses that follow, we learn that ol’ […]

Batman Is My Mr. Miyagi

Aug 11, 2010 in Books, Comic Books, Guest Posts

I write mysteries. I love writing mysteries. And I also write comic books. So when I was recently at Comi-Con, someone at one of the panels asked me how comics have influenced and/or seeped into my mystery and novel writing. Indeed, one of the editors at Mulholland Books asked if the action-packed nature of comics […]

Making Sense of Nothing and Making Nothing of Sense: A Maundering on the Taxonomy of Writing and I Forget What Else

Aug 09, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

“Fair is where you go to see the pigs race.” — James Luther Dickinson We are uncomfortable with works that can not be placed comfortably into a category. The English-speaking literary establishment has embraced the French word genre since the eighteenth century. We would do well to remind ourselves that the term, via the Latin […]