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Charles Taylor has written for numerous publications, including Salon, The Boston Phoenix, and The New York Times Book Review.

Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House

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Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House

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A new book about LBJ takes on a presidency of Shakespearean dimensions.
In a Lonely Place

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In a Lonely Place

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A new edition of Dorothy Hughes's classic work of crime fiction paints a portrait of an all-too-human monster. Essay by Charles Taylor....
Robert Wagner: “I Live in Gratitude”

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Robert Wagner: “I Live in Gratitude”

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The actor and memoirist talks with Charles Taylor about his new book "I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses."
American Undertow: The Stories of John O’Hara

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American Undertow: The Stories of John O’Hara

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A new volume of short fiction from an American master highlights the writer's commitment to honesty and freedom from nostalgia. Essay by Charles Taylor.
Valley of the Dolls: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Valley of the Dolls: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Charles Taylor looks back at Jacqueline Susann's controversial bestseller on the occasion of its 50th birthday.
Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

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Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

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The series of London crime novels famously adapted for Michael Caine, and a rediscovered gem from its creator.
The Martini Shot

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The Martini Shot

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One of crime fiction's most trenchant writers captures the heat of our current moment while patrolling a new beat: Hollywood.
The Hollywood Trilogy

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The Hollywood Trilogy

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A lost master's reissued gems balance grime and luster on the mean streets of Los Angeles.

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Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt

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Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt

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The creator of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller on jazz, comparing American mystery writers to Scandinavian ones, and how crime novels report from society's front lines.

Complex 90

Reviews & Essays

Complex 90

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A hard-boiled icon's posthumous yarn hits the streets.

Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson

Reviews & Essays

Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson

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Will the life and writing of a lost American genius receive a posthumous second act?

Chain Reactions: An Interview with Jo Nesbø

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Chain Reactions: An Interview with Jo Nesbø

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The author of Phantom on Harry Hole's struggle and the crime novel's moral mission.