"...This series, originated in Philadelphia and since replicated in cities from coast to coast, has authors who specialize in crime fiction read from their work where the kind of stuff their heroes swig down between beatings is served for the public's enjoyment. MysteryPeople – the crime fiction specialists from local indie BookPeople – have brought the concept to our fair city, and they're giving you the opportunity to sample the heady cocktail of hardboiled fiction and hard liquor tonight at Opal Divine's South..."
"...Misdeeds know no season, but when a curiously large number of new mystery and true crime books slated for summer release was dumped off at the Chronicle offices like so many dead bodies, it seemed an optimum time to indulge our love for the unlawful. Thus, we give you July Is Crime Month, four weeks' worth of Chronicle writers and editors going down those "mean streets" and sharing what they've found there: reviews of recent crime fiction and nonfiction, interviews with authors and publishers in the field, plugs for upcoming crime-related readings and screenings, and appreciations of classic crime sagas – and their creators – in print and onscreen..."
"...Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria De Medeiros, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken and Bruce Willis. Screw pulp fiction..."
"...I dig crime fiction a lot. I especially dig L.A.-based crime fiction..."
"...There’s a paragraph in The Killing Kind, where the author is describing what his protagonist Mike Hendricks, the hitman, is fixing himself for breakfast. And it’s a succinct little description, to be sure – no suddenly Proustian ramble turning the narrative into a swamp of recollection or maximalist detail – but it’s evocative enough, vivid enough, that eventually I’m going to excerpt the thing for this collection of fictional-descriptions-of-food-prep-and-eating that I’ve been compiling...."
"...VL: I read just about everything. I read a lot of crime fiction..."
"... Again: It was as if the author had decided, Well, okay, I put enough work into the first novel, and never mind reveling in the depths of character, let's just streamline this one so it requires less effort for me to write and for the average reader to consume. Sad, y'know? [ Listen: If we wanted to read Teflon-coated Lite fiction, we'd already be doing that (we already do do that, occasionally) with the wide variety of options available and constantly renewed everywhere else..."
"...Indeed there was, and had been for years. Brown's arrival coincided with the 20th anniversary of ArmadilloCon, the homegrown annual sci-fi convention that was not just a celebration of the more fantastic genres of literature and one hell of a fannish good time, but somewhere aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror could meet and polish their craft via workshops led by their fellow writers from the local scene..."
"...MG: I do like to read crime and thrillers: Tess Gerritsen, Sue Grafton, Lee Childs, Carl Hiaasen, James Lee Burke. I read a lot of science fiction as well and nonfiction..."
"...On Monday afternoon, Willie Siros, the owner of Adventures of Crime and Space Books, was waiting for the UPS man to pick up 30 boxes of books that needed to be returned to publishers. Everything was supposed to be out of the mystery and science fiction store by Sunday, March 31, but "it's been tough going for quite a while," Siros said, as he pointed out that the store still had about 6,000-8,000 books left after a liquidation sale rid him of nearly 35,000 titles..."
"...Let no one ever say that Dark Streets doesn’t have the perfect title. It may not be much more than a stylized regurgitation of creaky film-noir clichés and crime-fiction conventions … but its streets are undeniably dark..."
"...That's what makes Noir at the Bar such a smart concept. This series, originated in Philadelphia and since replicated in cities coast to coast, has authors who specialize in crime fiction read from their work where the kind of stuff their heroes swig down between beatings is served for the public's enjoyment..."
"...Highsmith's reputation doesn't seem to be in doubt. Nevertheless, critics tirelessly argue that the Texas-born writer should be rescued from the crime fiction shelf and placed alongside her more highbrow literary influences, which include Dostoevsky and Henry James...."
"...2. I met the man at Bennu Coffee on East MLK and we had an excellent conversation about the love of books and the state of publishing in general, and about the origins of Melville House, and about the company's vigorous lines of vintage literary fiction and essays, paperback novellas, modern crime novels, and more...."
"...Starring: Gregory Itzin, James Haven, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Thomas Jane, Allison Mackie, Joan Pringle, Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas. Although his name is somewhat less well-known than some of his more famous contemporaries, author Cornell Woolrich is regarded by many people as the father of noir crime fiction..."
"...More than 100 series – that's series, not just single books – have been created around gumshoes and sleuths figuring out whodunit in what's supposed to be the Friendship State, and more are being added all the time. You might figure that in such a cutthroat bidness, good ol' boys would dominate, just as they do at the Lege, but when it comes to penning Lone Star crime fiction, the gals outgun the guys roughly 10 to 7..."
"...The tall pine bookcases take up the entire west wall of our living room. Roughly half the titles are crime fiction novels, the rest are split between Texana, military history, and miscellaneous subjects..."
"...illustration by Penny Van Horn Believe it or not, mystery musketeers, there are people in the world who maintain a certain snotty conceit that all genre fiction is somehow inferior to so-called "literary" fiction, that Hammett was a hack, that the MacDonalds (John D. & Ross) were mediocre..."
"...Ellroy survived by getting cleaned up and eventually channeling his obsessions with sex, crime, and the scandal-breeding psycho-history of L.A. into writing crime fiction..."
"...Where is the line between fact and fiction in documentary cinema? For many moviegoers, documentaries are synonymous with truth, a re-creation of historical events using primary documents and firsthand accounts. Like any piece of storytelling, though, documentaries involve choices..."
"...All the way. That's where the answers are. He should have known because that's the way it is in noir fiction..."
"...Lansdale may be the most famous unknown writer working today. The 46-year-old Nacogdoches native has been consistently churning out a string of novels, short stories, screenplays, anthologies, and -- more recently -- comic books since he co-wrote, with his mother, a non-fiction piece for a regional farm journal way back in 1971..."
"...But his beats are so slow, and the backing story so slight, that the narrative diversions and long-winded, semi-philosophical anecdotes swamp any forward motion. It wants so hard to be Pulp Fiction, but it ends up 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag...."
"...Lenny Kleinfeld’s one of our favorite modern crime-fiction authors – and relatively unsung, although not without a certain acclaim beyond us repeating this hosanna as often as possible. He’s also a man we turn to for recommendations in the genre, because he’s got excellent taste; and, because we’re not so stingy after all, we’re sharing those recommendations with you, dear criminally curious reader:..."
"...A surprising number of thoughtful offerings are around to buck the restrictive mindlock of summer escapism: Warren Beatty's political satire Bulworth, Peter Weir and Jim Carrey's provocative meditation on media totalitarianism in The Truman Show, Robert Redford's intelligent reworking of romantic pulp fiction in The Horse Whisperer, and Steven Spielberg's non-Jurassic war drama starring Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan...."
"...In the field of crime literature, Westlake has few peers, a legion of admirers, and innumerable imitators. Since the 1960 publication of his smash debut The Mercenaries, he's written more than 70 novels (40-something under his own name and dozens more under a gaggle of pseudonyms), including two of the best crime fiction series ever written, and dozens of one-shot genre-twisting classics..."
"...Truth is stranger than fiction, and sometimes vice versa. But when the elements of a mystery become so impossibly obscured by the sheer emotional drama of a crime – a crime that actually might not have occurred – well, to paraphrase Mission of Burma, that's when you reach for your revolver..."
"...Essentially a one-joke movie, Curdled began life as a 30-minute student film by Reb Braddock and John Maass, and though I haven't seen the original short, I suspect that the feature-length version has very little over the earlier work. Quentin Tarantino came aboard as the feature's executive producer, and brought with him Curdled's lead actress Angela Jones, whose first film role was that of the cabdriver in Pulp Fiction..."
"...The opening credits of this French import declare that In the Name of My Daughter is a “fiction based on real events,” a common narrative strategy in this era of amorphous truths. Based on the Affaire Le Roux, which rocked France in the late Seventies and continued through the next three decades, the film will not provide similar touchstones for North American viewers..."
"...The ridiculously prolific director Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, 24 Hour Party People) fouls out badly with this screen adaptation (penned by John Curran) of Jim Thompson’s 1952 crime novel, The Killer Inside Me. Nearly everything about the film is miscalculated, although the primary offenders are the casting of reedy-voiced Affleck in the title role and the misinterpretation of the term “pulp fiction” to mean something on the order of beating all women to bloody pulps..."
"...Instead, he finds himself on the short end of the stick once again as everyone from the cops to his old hoodlum pals plots against him. As Detective Calvin, Jimmy's police contact, Samuel Jackson is given a punchy, layered character who is the opposite of the one he played in last year's Pulp Fiction..."
"...Ever since he knocked our socks off with The Wrong Case (1975), then rolled out two classics in a row -- The Last Good Kiss (1978) and Dancing Bear (1983) -- Crumley has been practically without peer. He's not the most prolific American crime writer, but crime fiction aficionados have learned that, like good scotch, Crumley's novels take a little more time than the ordinary stuff..."
"...The modern detective fiction tradition, using Vidocq as the prototypical master detective, was born during his lifetime. First was Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin, premiering in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in 1841, followed in 1865 by the not-so-subtly-named Lecoq, the protagonist of four stories by Emile Gaboriau in 1865, and Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, who debuted in 1887, 12 years after Vidocq's death..."
"...Despite its setting in 2028 and the inclusion of some medical advances, Hotel Artemis is not a science fiction film. It’s a crime thriller unconcerned with whodunit and why..."
"...It’s cracked from the get-go. Loosely based on the 1997 robbery of a Loomis Fargo vault by seemingly dim-witted employee David Ghantt (a then-record $17 million payday!), the stranger-than-fiction premise about a romantically besotted buffoon (Galifianakis) who recklessly risks imprisonment to win over the trailer-trash femme fatale (Wiig) enlisting him to commit the crime is pilfered by the film’s sense of scattershot humor..."
"...Heavyweights of fiction? Check. Besides the previously mentioned DeLillo, who will discuss his latest, Zero K, in a conversation with local screenwriter and novelist Noah Hawley (the FX series Fargo, the new book Before the Fall), the festival will include T..."
"...Charles Willeford published 18 novels, many of which were highly literary works that passed under the fence as pulp fiction, others under the guise of contemporary crime fiction. Another way of summarizing his unusual output (which also included poetry, screenplays, and plays) is that Willeford never met a genre that he couldn't subvert..."
"...The stars in tough-guy heaven will shine on Austin, Texas on Friday, December 6. Not one but two of the toughest, most important writers of hardboiled crime fiction will be in Austin to meet their fans and sign their new books. Former Texan James Crumley (The Wrong Case, Mexican Tree Duck) will be in town to sign his latest, Bordersnakes, in which the protagonists from both of his landmark series (Milo from The Wrong Case and Sughrue from The Last Good Kiss and The Mexican Tree Duck) combine forces for at least twice the mayhem and dark humor..."
"...As Peter Winter, the schizophrenic wanderer searching for the young daughter he lost years ago, Greene is eerily compelling; if eyes are indeed the windows to a man's soul, then Greene's haunted blue eyes in Clean, Shaven reveal the soul of a man in perpetual torment. (It's hard to believe that this is the same actor who played the sadist in Pulp Fiction.) The pace and detail here are strictly minimal, while the tone is unquestionably paranoiac..."
"...Then Chronicle marketing director Tommi Ferguson and I look at the scores, read over every story between ourselves to make certain we haven't missed any budding Amy Blooms or George Michael Chabons, and then send on the best stories -- 10, this year -- to the final judges. Fiction lovers Julie Carpenter, Shawn Badgley, Scott Blackwood, Michael Chamy, Denise Hutto, Eli Kooris, Kim Mellen, Deborah Wilson, and Kevin Wood were our dedicated first readers..."
"...Nightmare Town collects 20 long-unavailable short stories from Dashiell Hammett, an icon of 20th-century literature whose influence will continue to be felt well into the 21st. With a handful of novels and a few dozen short stories, Hammett invented a totally new idiom -- American hard-boiled crime fiction -- and he did it with clever, compact, hard-hitting use of the English language -- language that evoked both a specific time and place and was so classic and elemental it seemed both preordained and timeless..."
"...From this comfortably appointed South Austin home, Barrett has spent the last five years carving out a niche for himself as a leading purveyor of crime fiction with a trenchantly humorous twist. Although largely identified with his numerous science fiction-ish titles, the 1992 publication of Pink Vodka Blues represented another major genre-shift for a writer who had made it his custom to cross-pollinate the world of fiction..."
"...It doesn't provide an easy entry to the book but eventually a rhythm asserts itself and Robbers chugs along at the on-the-run backroads pace of its characters. Cook is clearly intent on breaking some of the crime fiction clichés that haunt the genre and he succeeds to some extent when he follows his storyline down some genuinely unexpected avenues..."
"...Elmore didn't think that at all, and Elmore wrote Westerns, so he should know. On the other hand, what I read of Elmore's Western fiction was always, at its heart, crime fiction..."
"...Dealing as it does with incest and the tribulations brought unto a tightly knit British family in their wind-and-rainswept Devon farmhouse, it can be a harsh task to keep one's eyes focused on the sporadically graphic horrors onscreen. On the other hand, British actor Tim Roth's (Pulp Fiction) debut as a feature film director is a small, dark gem of a film, relying more on atmosphere and the interpersonal dynamics of rural family life to give it a cutting edge sharper and more menacing than even the keenest razor..."
"...You assemble a band of diverse and clashing talents, throw in a few hiccups and betrayals, and voilà! It’s also the Han Solo origin story. Or at least the new version, since the old, pre-Disney iteration had explained most of that in the vast array of spin-off fiction known as the Expanded Universe..."