The Big Sleep

by Raymond Chandler "I don't mind if you don't like my manners. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings." Because nearly everyone who reads this book today will have already seen the seminal film, there are a few things we’ve got to get out of the way. First, the characters in... Continue Reading →

Kiss Me Deadly

Directed by Robert Aldrich, written by A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Mickey Spillane (novel) “First you find a little thread. The little thread leads you to a string. The string leads you to a rope, and from the rope you hang by the neck.” At the film’s opening, Mike Hammer is driving his sports car down a... Continue Reading →

A Hell of a Woman

by Jim Thompson I told her the world was full of nice people. I'd have hated to try to prove it to her, but I said it, anyway. Dolly, a man who’s been mistreated by life and can never catch an even break, hustles through his life as a bottom rung door-to-door salesman in a... Continue Reading →

Black Wings Has My Angel

by Elliot Chaze He smiled awfully and left, and she came in and shut the door and there we were in the room together, just like that. We weren’t—and then we were. An escaped convict has successfully blended in to a low-profile, modest income job when he cashes in, deciding to live a little, and... Continue Reading →

Dune

by Frank Herbert "They tried and failed, all of them?" "Oh, no." She shook her head. "They tried and died." OK. Wow. Monster of a novel. But it’s not just the length. We’ve all read books this long and much longer. But there’s a unique quality here in terms of world realization—this one’s got it,... Continue Reading →

Rendezvous in Black

by Cornell Woolrich “I haven’t an enemy in the world.” “No man can safely say that until after his death.” A young man meets the love of his life every day at 8 p.m. in front of the local drugstore. One days he’s running a couple of minutes late, and when he arrives she’s been... Continue Reading →

The Complete Slayers

by Paul Cain This is going to be a lot of fun, even if it doesn’t work. Fast One (novel) Kells, a tough guy, gun-for-hire and one man army, is asked to enter into a partnership with a city crime boss in order to stave off rivals due to Kells’ heavy reputation. A bloodbath is... Continue Reading →

Laura

by Vera Caspary “But I warn you, McPherson, the activities of crooks and racketeers will seem simple in comparison with the motives of a modern woman.” A girl has been murdered in her upper-class apartment, and a murder investigation is beneath the qualifications of the lieutenant assigned to the case. But he does his duty... Continue Reading →

Some of Your Blood

by Theodore Sturgeon It is, it is, it really is fiction. Unless you’ve had it ruined for you, and I’m not going to do so, you can’t possibly expect what you’re in for with this novel. Even a brief story synopsis will be detrimental to those who’re interested, so you get only the broadest stroke:... Continue Reading →

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