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The Alienist / Caleb Carr [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

November 16, 2016 Perhaps the best book I have read recently is The Alienist by Caleb Carr. It was published in 1994, and was a great success of its time. The reason I had avoided it all this while was … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler / Hardboiled / Writer [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

November 09, 2016 And now, after two weeks of talking with you about the hardboiled revolution, we come to talking about my favourite writer of detective stories. It is a sin for a reviewer to call out a favourite (and … Continue reading

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Dashiell Hammett / Hardboiled / Writer [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not with hand-wrought duelling pistols, curare, and tropical fish. He put these people down on paper as they are, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes. He had style, but his audience didn’t know it, because it was in a language not supposed to be capable of such refinements… Continue reading

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Black Mask Magazine / Hardboiled / History [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

Detective fiction started as a genre in the mid-1800s, with Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ and other adventures of the detective C. August Dupin. Some exceptional novels and short stories followed, most notably those of Wilkie Collins and Émile Gaboriau. The last years of the 1800s saw the arrival of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Age of detective fiction. Mostly, these mysteries eschewed too much of blood-and-gore, and were neither committed, nor solved by the common man. All that would change with the advent of the hardboiled detective and the Black mask magazine. Continue reading

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Sabbatical / Recommendations [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

14 September 2016 Okay, time for a break. I have been writing this detective / mystery fiction recommendation column for almost ten months now, and now is the time for a sabbatical. You would not find my column here for … Continue reading

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Keigo Higashino / Malice / Kyoichiro Kaga [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

September 07, 2016 Regular readers of this page would know that I am a fan of Keigo Higashino. His is the first name I would recommend of any currently active detective fiction writer.  Higashino is a bestselling Japanese writer, whose … Continue reading

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Robert Ludlum / The Matarese Circle / Brandon Scofield [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

31 August 2016 Why does one read thrillers? The apparent answer is rather simple. The edge-of-your-seat thrill-a-minute ride is a departure from the ennui of everyday living. Most of us live still lives. Most of us do not actively seek … Continue reading

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