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Hammett Unwritten

Written by Owen Fitzstephen — Samuel Dashiell Hammett was the author of five novels and many short stories and is one of the most famous authors of hardboiled detective fiction. Born in 1894, Hammett left school when he was only 13 and eventually went to…
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Interview: Robbie Morrison

If you read comic books and graphic novels, the name Robbie Morrison might be familiar to you. Over the last 20 years, he has been prolific for 2000AD, writing stories for Judge Dredd, Shakara, Nikolai Dante and more. However, with the publication of Edge of…
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My crime classics by Gary Phillips

He’s written for TV, he’s written graphic novels, he’s a top-drawer crime author and he has also edited short story anthologies. But today we’ve given LA crime author Gary Phillips a new assignment – we asked him to pick out his favourite classic crime fiction…
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CIS: My classics by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Graeme Macrae Burnet’s first novel, The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau won the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award in 2013. But it was his second novel that really caught people’s imaginations. His Bloody Project turned one of those ‘skeleton in the cupboard’ moments that family…
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CIS: The Big Sleep revisited

It’s impossible to imagine a proper historical survey of noir fiction without reference to Philip Marlowe, the iconic character created by Raymond Chandler in his ground-breaking 1939 debut novel The Big Sleep. Marlowe is the prototypical hardboiled private eye. Street-smart and tough, he reads people and situations at…
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