"This collection gathers the best of LARB’s standout coverage of crime and noir,” said Boris Dralyuk, Noir Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. “LARB’s growing archive of reviews and essays covering international crime and noir fiction have earned us a dedicated readership around the world, as well as the admiration of leading authors and scholars, many of whom are represented in this ePub. ‘Snappy and Reckless’ gives readers the best of our archive so far, with promises of much more to come."
The “Snappy and Reckless” LARB ebook includes:
• Megan Abbott, “Soft-Voiced Big Men”; on Robert Crais's The Sentry
• Miles Corwin, “Tall Redhead Syndrome”; on James Ellroy’s The Hilliker Syndrome
• Boris Dralyuk, “The Incomplete Cain”; on the noir master Paul Cain
• Dan Fante, “Three-Dimensional Wistfulness”; on P.G. Sturges’ neo-noir Shortcut Man
• Woody Haut, “Snappy and Reckless”; on Richard Hallas's cult classic You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up
• Jefferson Hunter, “Black Blood: Ross Macdonald and the Oil Spill”; on a hard-boiled legend’s ecological consciousness
• Charles Kelly, “The Wrong Marlowe”; on the fascinating life and work of an amnesiac pulp writer in L.A.
• Rohan Maitzen, “Martin Beck Has A Cold”; on the 10 police procedurals in Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö’s Story of Crime series
• Anthony Olcott, “Real Penguins in Imaginary Apartments”; on Andrey Kurkov’s oddball Russian crime fiction
• Neal Pollack, “Artistic Pulp Sleaziness”; on a 23-volume Richard Stark reprint series
• Richard Rayner, “Paperback Writers: Georges Simenon”; on the great French pulpiere
• John Shannon, “A Chilling Vietnam War Novel”; on Kent Anderson’s Sympathy for the Devil