100 American Crime Writers (Crime Files) by Steven Powell

By Steven Powell

A hundred American Crime Writers  gains dialogue and research of the lives of crime writers and their key works, studying the advancements in American crime writing from the Golden Age to hardboiled detective fiction. This examine is key to students and a terrific creation to crime fiction for somebody who enjoys this interesting style.

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Lovecraft, casting the late writer’s tales of demonic gods as a harbinger of coming doom for the earth. In Night Of The Ripperr (1984), Bloch returned to the mystery of the unidentified Victorian serial killer that had proved a creative muse throughout his career. Bloch died of cancer on 23 September 1994. In a 1935 interview with a local Milwaukee journal the 17-year-old Bloch said of death with characteristic dry humour, ‘The more I read of it, the more I fear it. ’ Suggested reading R. Bloch (1993) Once Around the Bloch: An Unauthorized Autobiography (New York: TOR).

Auster married Lydia Davis in 1971 and they had one son. His second wife is the novelist Siri Hustvedt whom he married in 1981. They have a daughter together. Though not generally considered a crime and detective fiction writer as such, early in Auster’s career he wrote a well-executed detective novel, Squeeze Playy (1978), under the pseudonym Paul Benjamin. Having written the novel ‘for the money’ (Auster, 1998, p. 121), Auster has said that it is not a ‘legitimate’ book (Mackenzie, 1999). But in fact Squeeze Playy illustrates the depth of Auster’s understanding and affection for crime and detective fiction, in particular the work of Dashiell Hammett.

In 1947 he divorced his first wife, became a full-time writer and, in 1948, married Elizabeth Charlier. Brown travelled extensively in America but lived for several years in Taos, New Mexico, from 1949 before moving to California in 1952. Apart from the two years he spent scriptwriting in Van Nuys, California (1961–62), he lived in Tucson, Arizona from 1954 due to his deteriorating ill health. Brown is best known for his sense of humour, his mastery of the ‘shortshort’ (short stories of two or three pages which he wrote predominantly for the science fiction market) and his strongly plotted stories which often involved some form of plot twist.

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