Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Look Back at Robert B. Parker

Another new site on the block is CriminalElement.  There's a lot of great stuff on there from various people in the crime fiction web world.  Like this piece on Robert B. Parker from The Night Editor's Jake Hinkson.

I haven't read much Parker, so a couple of Jake's recommendations ended up on my to-be-read list.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ross Macdonald's Landscape

Messing around on the 'net the other day, I stumbled across the site for the LA Times Review of Books. There's some nice stuff on there, like "Soft-Voiced Big Men" by Megan Abbott, which is about Robert Crais's most recent book centered on Joe Pike.

The one I really liked was the entry "Ross Macdonald and the Oil Spill". Author Jefferson Hunter talks about how Macdonald always used his California setting as part of his stories. Hunter is particularly fond of the moment in Sleeping Beauty (1973), when Archer sees an oil spill from an airplane and describes what he sees:

An offshore oil platform stood up out of its windward end like the metal handle of a dagger that had stabbed the world and made it spill black blood.

Damn. I love me some Ross Macdonald.

I also love the line StephenD quotes from The Ivory Grin:

I looked straight up into its dark blue well, moon-washed and dripping with stars, and wondered what the man at the window was seeing there, or looking for.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Citizen Kane (1941)

Released 70 years ago today - May 1, 1941.

I remain your obedient servant.