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The Washington Post…marvelous…Winter captures the tics and trembles of Thompson's style—that conversational, stutter-step narration, with its quick reversals of qualification, correction and contradiction. And…just as smoothly masters Simenon's economical, no-nonsense storytelling and achieves with ease Chandler's potentially treacherous mix of simile-rich description, digressive commentary on class and culture and wry wisecracks…it's difficult not to feel a little spellbound by The Twenty-Year Death. In the final oddly triumphant image…I thought I could glimpse the author's giddy glance back at his achievement here: outrageous, obsessive, playful. Such qualities should win over aficionados of the writers emulated here—and make them fans of this fresh new voice in crime fiction.