Capsule Reviews

The Forgers by Bradford Morrow (The Mysterious Press) is one of those self-consciously literary novels that is cross-marketed to the mystery market thanks to its subject matter—in this case a bloody murder, a number of rival literary forgers working the antiquarian book and holographic manuscript circuit, and an unreliable narrator. Unfortunately, the book stumbles on […]

W.R. Burnett—The Iron Man Who Chose to Rust

Contemporary writers and readers of serious crime fiction, meet the grandfather you never knew—W.R. Burnett. Born in 1899, he single-handedly invented narrative forms that would be thought of as innovative when other writers used them into the 21st Century. Have you seen Little Caesar, the first of the great gangster films? If you read this […]

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