GETTING CLOSER TO THE DREAM!

Almost exactly a year ago, I reported to you that I had enrolled in an evening course on Scandinavian crime fiction at Stanford University. If you follow my exploits with any regularity, you all know how that turned out! (above) The mood evoked when reading a Scandinavian crime novel. My professor was an extremely affable … Continue reading GETTING CLOSER TO THE DREAM!

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THE LOVE DETECTIVES: Hammett’s The Thin Man

REPORTER: Say, is he working on a case? NORA: Why, yes – REPORTER: What case is it? NORA: A case of Scotch. Go in and help him. I rarely venture into hard-boiled territory, but I have always had a deep fondness for Dashiell Hammett. I bought myself a copy of his Five Collected Novels years … Continue reading THE LOVE DETECTIVES: Hammett’s The Thin Man

CALLING DR. DEATH: The Wonderful World of The Inner Sanctum

“This is the Inner Sanctum - a strange, fantastic world controlled by a mass of living, pulsating flesh – the mind. It destroys, distorts, creates monsters . . . commits murder. Yes, even you, without knowing, can commit murder!” Every month over at Past Offenses, Rich Westwood picks a different year to celebrate for the … Continue reading CALLING DR. DEATH: The Wonderful World of The Inner Sanctum