The last of the small pieces I’ve been contributing to Hilobrow.com is online, an appreciation of Out, by Natsuo Kirino. Only three of Kirino’s many novels have been translated English, but Out – her breakthrough book in Japan – is one of the best noir novels I’ve read in years and I just can’t recommend […]
Part two of my recent interview with Clare Diston, a Bristol-based writer whose writings on reading can be found at 50ayear.com, is now online. The first part of the interview – taken from a long skype call between Bristol and Palm Springs, where I happened to be working – is up here.
Another small piece is online now at Hilobrow.com, an appreciation of the American mystery author Ross Macdonald. To my mind he’s the man who carries the American hard-boiled mystery into a recognizable present from its origins with Hammett and Chandler. I really can’t recommend Macdonald’s books enough – tough and tender, intricately wrought, and mindful […]