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dfordoom [userpic]

In The Telegraph Charles Frazier chooses five outstanding hardboiled novels. Four are uncontroversial choices, but the fifth choice is a contemporary author, Daniel Woodrell.

Has anyone here read any of Woodrell's work? Is it any good?

And do you think the hardboiled style is still a viable approach to crime fiction? Are there any other modern authors you would agree as being worthy to stand alongside Hammett, Chandler and Cain?

dfordoom [userpic]

What would you regard as the crime/mystery novels of the 21st century so far?

dfordoom [userpic]

Following on from my recent post on vintage_crime about Clayton Rawson’s The Footprints on the Ceiling - what other crime novels deal with stage magic or illusionism?

dfordoom [userpic]

I read a couple of Arturo Perez-Reverte's mystery thrillers a while back, The Club Dumas and The Fencing Master, and quite enjoyed them. Especially The Club Dumas. I can't really explain why I haven't read any more of his books.

Do we have any fans of this author here? Any recommendations?

dfordoom [userpic]

It's gone rather quiet here. So has anyone read any good mysteries recently that they want to tell us about?

dfordoom [userpic]

Is anyone familiar with the work of British crime writer Peter Lovesey? I'm particularly interested in his books and stories set in Victorian London featuring the adventures of Detective-Sergeant Cribb of Scotland Yard.

The Cribb novels were adapted for television back in 1980 and the TV series is out on DVD. I'm quite tempted by it.

x-posted to cult_tv_lounge

Slapstick [userpic]

killer_culture is a community for those interested in true crime as well as related books, movies, television shows, etc. Anything related to true crime (even fictional) is welcome here: debates, discussions concerning TV shows, movies, books (Dexter, Criminal Minds, Forensic Files, Law & Order, Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.), icons, questions, news articles, pictures, reviews, pretty much anything relevant is permitted!

We're looking for interested members, "fans" of various crime-based shows/movies/books/etc. to keep debates/discussions fresh and interesting and to get the ball rolling. We don't want to focus on just one show or just one subject or be an all icons/graphics community. We want it to be open to people from all fandoms and walks of life to discuss their likes/dislikes or ask questions (example: "how accurate would what Dexter did (by doing this) be?") or whatever your pleasure may be! If this turns into a "one-trick-pony", it's going to die fast, and we don't want that!

We're trying to stand out; since there are tons of true crime communities and tons of fandom communities. We're combining the two, in a sense!

If anyone has any questions, concerns or suggestions, contact me or the other mod, ar_poe.

Thank you very much to dfordoom for approving this!

dfordoom [userpic]

When you read a crime story, do you prefer endings that tie everything up neatly, and leave no doubt that justice has been served? How do you feel about stories that leave some nagging uncertainty that perhaps justice hasn’t really been done? Even if the perpetrator of the crime has been caught, does that necessarily always equate to justice?

There’s at least one Sherlock Holmes story for instance (in fact I think there’s more than one) where Holmes allows a criminal to walk free because he feels it would not be just for that person to face trial. How do you feel about these kinds of endings?

x-posted to vintage_crime

castallia [userpic]

As a longtime follower of the Spenser series, I was very sad to learn of Robert B Parker's death. Were any of you fans of his books? What were some of your favorites?

dfordoom [userpic]

What were the best mystery/crime novels you read in 2009?

They don't need to be new stuff.

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