“Crime-fiction buffs are perhaps America’s least parochial readers…”

From Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution, a quote from an Atlantic article on Australian crime fiction, delving into Peter Temple, an author I have yet to read. Further:

They certainly seem to be the only ones still buying imported and even translated novels in large numbers.



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PI Mistakes Crime Fiction Writers Make

From Jungle Red—Writing well is the best revenge: At the link, “Steven Kerry Brown, a real life private investigator, is here to tell us about mistakes fiction writers make with their fictional PIs.”

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Elmore Leonard Interview, Part 3

From Crimeculture, via The Official Elmore Leonard Website:

Charles Rzepka, is working on a study of Elmore Leonard provisionally entitled Being Cool.  This is the third installment from an interview conducted in 2010.

Read the previous two installments, here and here.


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Interview with Elmore Leonard and Sons

Elmore Leonard And Sons’ Recipies For Writing, And Fried Spam via Frank Wilson. The beginning of the transcript from NPR News:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I’m Scott Simon. Got to interview America’s number one crime family couple weeks ago at the Tucson Book Festival, and not the Corleones. Elmore, Peter and Chris Leonard.

Elmore Leonard, of course, is one of the most esteemed writers in the world. He left the Detroit ad business to write westerns, then switched to crime fiction, and has since produced more than 40 novels, including “Get Shorty,” “Cuba Libre,” “Maximum Bob,” and the forthcoming “Djibouti.”

Peter Leonard also left the ad business to write crime novels, including “Quiver” and “Trust Me.” And Chris Leonard, the youngest son, is writing his first novel.


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Elmore Leonard Interview—”The Dickens of Detroit”

The interview can be read at Metro Times, found at Paul Davis in Crime.


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Philip Marlowe is out.

Not for me, but in an article called, “Writing American Crime Fiction in the Wake of Stieg Larsson,” the author suggests the world has changed and offers some advice for those wanting to write crime fiction:

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Crime Fiction’s Leading Ladies

Ten of crime fiction’s leading ladies, from Mulholland Books. In the article, Jen Forbus writes,

I’m looking for real women. Women who have strong character, are intelligent, can exercise independence but also appreciate the value of relationships. These women have goals and dreams, flaws and imperfections. I guess these are the women I would like to know and be friends with. The women I’d enjoy spending hours with.

Yes, I think I would enjoy spending hours with these women also—in books.

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