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That’s Balto.

There’s a little post-it stuck in my copy of The Black Dahila on the page where Bleichert first goes to the Sprague mansion and gets introduced to Balto. It says, “people who are not like us.” What kind of a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Ellroy

My introduction to the work of James Ellroy was White Jazz. I was browsing the crime/mystery section in the public library and the typography on the spine caught my eye. The jacket and flap copy made it sound intriguing so … Continue reading Continue reading

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What does he get out of this?

Good question. I’m doing this totally for fun. I love hardboiled detective stories and film noir – it’s something I’ve been into for more than twenty years. But if I wasn’t playing along with this course, my only reading would … Continue reading Continue reading

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Those were different times

Looking at the popular reception of some of these books back when they were published is kind of fun in a way because it sometimes shows them in a different light. We look at Mildred Pierce and see a hardworking … Continue reading Continue reading

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Paretsky

I had never heard of Sara Paretsky before. I knew of V.I. Warshawski from the title of a movie I never bothered to watch. The 1980′s, from whence Indemnity Only comes, seems to me to be pretty far removed from the  … Continue reading Continue reading

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Don’t mess with Shaft

If there’s one thing I like as much as noir, it’s blaxploitation films. Cotton Comes to Harlem was one I hadn’t seen before I found it on Youtube last week. The novel had funny moments, but the movie seemed to really … Continue reading Continue reading

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Who are you and how did you get in here?

Sometimes when I listen in on the hardboiled class, I hear people ask, “Who is that guy?” I probably should have done some sort of introductory post a long time ago, but I’m so used to shooting my mouth off … Continue reading Continue reading

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Parental Warning: Explicit Language

One thing that jumps out at me about Cotton Comes to Harlem is all the mother-raping profanity. I’m assuming Himes had to put it that way because he couldn’t get away with the F-bomb. Or maybe the publisher changed it … Continue reading Continue reading

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Coffin & Grave

So it’s the week of Halloween, and we’re reading a book starring Coffin Ed and Grave Digger. Funny how that worked out. I thought I’d take a look at Chester Himes to find out what he’s about. From his biography, it … Continue reading Continue reading

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Stranger thoughts

I tuned into radio ds106 last night for the hardboiled class, but the ds106ers were using it instead. Too bad – I wanted to hear what people had to say about Strangers on a Train. One thing that caught my … Continue reading Continue reading

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