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...."Classic Crime Fiction, a
resource for collectors & readers alike.
This site is constantly updated....."

Thank you Wiggy.

Carroll John Daly: Hard Boiled Detective Writer

I believe I have Wiggy to thank for this one.

This is the official website for Donna Leon in the UK.

I can only hope that the fact that Brookmyre's official website hasn't been updated for some time means that he is hard at work on his next book.

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This is the official site for the Rebus novels and their author.

It's a shame that Rankin - and therefore REbus - kind of tailed off towards the end.

Sam Spade

Dashiell Hammett

All about Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade, bio, pictures, links to books

....."This website contains information on the Modesty Blaise books, their cover artwork, and related media.

The original focus of the site was the book covers: there were so
many reprintings of the books, yet very little information was
available on them.

The site content has now been expanded, however, to include lots of
related material, information, and even some downloadable goodies!".....

Many thanks to Wiggy for sending me this little gem.

Hardboiled Heaven

For the hardcore fan of hardboiled crime, mystery, and detective fiction.

Hardcore fan of hardboiled crime? That would be me, then.

Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction

This is a pretty exhaustive HardBoiled list - arranged A - Z, for the alphabetists amongst us.

Sam Spade

Mystery Time Line

Hard-Boiled Mysteries

HHard-boiled, or Black Mask, fiction was born in America during the
1920s, a time when magazines known as pulps were flourishing. Since the
turn of the century, these cheap publications had grown increasingly

I'm addicted to HardBoiled.

1000 novels everyone must read

"Over seven days our writers recommend the best books to read about crime, war, fantasy, travel, science fiction, family and love. Don't agree with their choices? Series editor Philip Oltermann will be blogging on Saturday; come back and tell him why not"

While I'm not a huge fan of lists, I was interested to see that I've read over 900 of the books on the "definitive" list. I'm not sure about the "must" factor - and there are loads more "not-to-be-missed" books out there - some of which I would definitely swap for some of the choices listed here. Maybe "1000 Novels Every Guardian Reader Must Read" would be a better title.


Kenneth Millar, circa 1973.

"When Ross Macdonald died on July 11, 1983, America lost
not only a master of mystery fiction, but also one of its
finest writers. The Moving Target, The
Galton Case
, and The Goodbye Look became
bestsellers because they transcended the genre of
who-dunit to become why-dunits. Their hero, private
detective Lew Archer, does much more than track down the
killer; he also penetrates the mystery of human lives, in
which riddles are buried in victim and murderer alike. It
was for this extra dimension that Ross Macdonald
ultimately won the critical acclaim that now ranks him
with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as a major
figure in twentieth century American letters."

I ws fortunate enough to have a boyfriend, years ago, who had all of Ross MacDonald's books. That was in another time and another country and when I got back to the UK for a brief spell, I couldn't get my Lew Archer fix. No RM books to be found.

Thank fuck for Amazon.

Chester Himes and Early African-

American Detective Novelists

"Chester Himes'
(1909-1984) role in hard-boiled fiction has its roots far outside the
typical pulp and dime novel origins. His early life and works were
similar to those of African-Americans Richard Wright and James Baldwin,
and like them he exiled himself to Paris. It was there, in desperate
need, that he began writing his "Harlem Domestic" series about
Detectives "Coffin" Ed Jones and "Grave Digger" Johnson, the first
black detectives to reach a wide audience. Many critics feel that these
ten novels, devoid of the didactic preaching in his earlier, serious
works, achieve Himes' aim more effectively. They are certainly his best
known novels."

The only Chester HImes novel I didn't like very much was the last one in the "Harlem Domestic" series. Not just because I didn't think it was as good as the others, but I hate it when good things come to an end.

All the latest news on what Mr Easton Ellis is writing/doing.

Informative, but the music is dead irritating.

Born Under A Bad Sign - The Life of Edward Bunker

....."When Eddie Bunker was released on parole in 1975, he had spent 18 years of his life in prison institutions. Despite his new career as a writer, for a time, a life of crime still had its temptations, particularly when money got tight. But once Bunker was earning money from his writing and film appearances, he had no need to resort to crime to survive. His own view of his descent into criminal activity was that it was dictated solely by circumstances and necessity - once those circumstances changed for the better, the criminal impulse died in him." .....

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Victorian novels helped us evolve into better people, say psychologists

"Classic novels like Dracula and Middlemarch instilled the values of cooperation and the suppression of hunger for power"

If this is true, it's a pity that more people didn't read the classics. So much for psychobabble.

"This site is dedicated to the wonderful stories found in the books,
Winnie-The-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, written by
A. A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard. These books were first
published in the 1920s, and star the familiar characters of Piglet, Owl,
Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and Edward Bear,
commonly known as Winnie-the-Pooh."


EH Shepard: The Man Who Drew Pooh

"Despite being a political cartoonist for "Punch" magazine for five decades, EH Shepard is best known for his delicately innocent drawings of Winnie-the-Pooh."

As I'm a Winne The Poohrist, I prefer Shepard's original illustrations to the horrifyingly cutesy-poo Disneyfied versions.

Winnie the Pooh drawing - Winnie-the-Pooh sequel to be published

Winnie the Pooh sequel to be published

An authorised sequel to AA Milne's children's classic The House at Pooh Corner
is to be published later this year, more than 80 years after the original.

I'll look out for this one. I still have the tattered copy of WTP which I forced my mother to read to me every night until I could read it myself.

On a side note, Disney should be bloody well hanged, drawn, and quartered for what they did to Pooh et al.