crime fiction

The Maltese Falcon is seemingly a chase for a valuable statue, but when looked at through the lens of five questions the story can be seen as a quest for justice.

last updated: 31 March 2019; category: story  people: Dashiell Hammett  Sam Spade  Humphrey Bogart 

On first sight, Chinatown feels like a story about political corruption, corporate greed, and financial shenanigans, but as the story develops it becomes far more about the exercise of personal power. By asking five questions we can get to the central core of the story.

last updated: 29 March 2019; category: story  people: Jake Gittes  Roman Polanski  Jack Nicholson  Faye Dunaway 

Crime fiction is wide-ranging genre with many subgenres. The genre can encompass “cops and robbers”, cozies, whodunnits, and beyond to serial killers and psychological thrillers. But the genre can also be a lens through which to view society and to consider …

last updated: 28 March 2019; category: writing 

Devil in a Blue Dress was the first novel by Walter Mosley and features Easy Rawlins, an African American World War II veteran. It is a noir masterpiece pulling together threads of race, friendship and betrayal, and political corruption in the context of post-war …

last updated: 27 January 2019; category: books, tv, and movies  people: Walter Mosley  Easy Rawlins  Raymond Alexander 

Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s best known plays. Traditionally, it is viewed as a tragedy, but it could be viewed as a crime story and the interrogated with five questions.

last updated: 24 January 2019; category: story  people: Macbeth  William Shakespeare 

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth was published in 1971. The subsequent movie based on the novel was released in 1973. In the (nearly) fifty years since these releases many have tried to emulate both, but few have bettered the originals. If you haven’t …

last updated: 7 January 2019; category: books, tv, and movies  people: Frederick Forsyth  Charles de Gaulle 

Killing Eve is the best thing I’ve seen on TV for a while. Let me try and encourage you to watch.

last updated: 8 November 2018; category: books, tv, and movies  people: Kim Bodnia  Jodie Comer  Sandra Oh  Phoebe Waller-Bridge  Villanelle 

Have you been watching The Bridge? If you haven’t, here’s why I think you should…

last updated: 10 July 2018; category: books, tv, and movies  people: Sofia Helin  Kim Bodnia 

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow is a great book. If you haven’t read it, fix that and read it now.

last updated: 11 April 2017; category: books, tv, and movies  people: Don Winslow