International Writers of Crime Fiction: Are the French Eclipsing the Scandinavians?

A new article from The Independent argues that the new epicenter of international crime fiction is no longer Scandinavia, but France.

Read the article and find out:

  • The recent winner of the Crime Writers Association International Dagger
  • What criminal literary character the French adored as the British followed Sherlock Holmes
  • 5 recommendations of great French Noir in translation

 

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J.K. Rowling a Noir author??

It has just been revealed that JK Rowling has published a crime novel some three months ago under the name Robert Galbraith. Unlike her first post-Potter work, The Cuckoo’s Calling received positive reviews form critics who also noted its rich and mature texture, unusual for a “first-time author.”

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Rowling isn’t the first to foray into the world of crime fiction…John Banville publishes crime fiction under the name Benjamin Black and Stephen King generated a few works behind the name Richard Bachman. The unexpected run of sales has tapped most booksellers, so, as we wait for our chance to judge Ms. Rowling’s work for ourselves…who is your favorite pseudonymous author?

Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” Reboot

How does Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s revenge masterpiece look? Does it hold true to the grim sensibilities of the original? Watch the bloody red-band trailer and post your thoughts below…

 

 

“A Blond Satan” – Blaser’s essay on Film Noir’s Detective Hero

Check out Blaser’s essay on the development of the noir hero in which he explains:

  • Why Citizen Kane is the one of the best early examples of modern film noir…
  • How cynicism and doom form the foundation of film noir…
  • Why the detective hero is not so different from the noir villain…
  • How Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade differ in degree of humanity…
  • Why martyrdom is essential to the noir tale…

Very interesting essay. Read, ruminate, and discuss below…

Weekly Content Quiz: July 1st – 8th

How much do you know about the free-wheeling life of Seth Morgan? Take the weekly content quiz to find out how you rate…