| Jan 17, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Are there detectives anywhere in pop culture more fun than Nick and Nora Charles? Oh, Inspector Clouseau may be amusing, but you'd never want to have dinner at his house: at best, he'd spill the soup in your lap. At......
| Jan 10, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Jan. 10, 1961: Author Dashiell Hammett diesâ¦ Paul Coates didnât get invited to the John F. Kennedy inauguralâ¦. notice the Page 1 story on Frank Sinatraâs wardrobe for the Kennedy bash!...
| Jan 11, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Jan. 11, 1961: Dashiell Hammett dies at the age of 67. A Times editorial the next days wonders about a âslight odor of Communist mentalityâ in âThe Maltese Falcon.â No, really! Also from The Timesâ editorial page The Japanese Menace,......
| Dec 24, 2010
| 9:33 PM
Five literary treats that will last through 2011: free short stories, a new app, near-extinct words and author interviews form the Paris Review....
| Jul 14, 2010
| 4:35 PM
The website M + E -- run by author Emma Straub and her husband, Michael Fusco -- is selling a new series of four literary posters, each with an illustration of a writer's home (with address). The illustrations by Aislinn......
| Sep 30, 2010
| 7:14 PM
Black Mask, the great pulp fiction magazine, was launched by H.L. Mencken in 1920 but really started to come into its own some six or seven years later under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw, who would in time publish almost the entire pantheon of classic...
| Apr 14, 2010
These days, Ireland sometimes seems to export writers the way it once did priests. Not least among them is a fine group of first-water crime novelists, including the redoubtable John Banville writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black.
Declan Hughes also...
| Nov 14, 2010
Channel-surf almost any night of the week in Britain and chances are you'll come across a gruesome crime drama featuring a dark and tortured soul whose brutal, morally repellent deeds make you recoil in horror.
And that's just the detective.
| Dec 23, 2010
NEW YORK — For someone steeped in murder, grift and shady characters, Otto Penzler is remarkably cheerful.
"I'm the happiest person you know. I am an optimist, I'm happy, I love life, I love friends, I love my job," he says in his book-lined...
| Jan 14, 2011
Joe Gores, a former San Francisco private investigator who became a prize-winning author of hardboiled mysteries such as "Hammett," "Come Morning" and "Spade & Archer," has died. He was 79.
A resident of San Anselmo, Calif., Gores died of a stomach...
| Mar 18, 2011
Walter Mosley's latest, "When the Thrill Is Gone," is the third installment (after "The Long Fall" and "Known to Evil") in the series featuring Leonid McGill, a tough, philosophic African American private detective who plies his perilous trade in today'...