Posts Categorized: crime fiction

Jake Lassiter: Wry Wit and Cynical Wisdom

By Paul Levine My first Jake Lassiter novel, TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, was steeped in Miami lore, which is to say it dripped with heat, humidity…and murder. I dedicated the book to “the city of Miami, where vultures endlessly circle the courthouse, some on wings, and some in Porsches.” This irritated many of my…

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Writing Tips — Put Your Butt in the Chair

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Novelist Paul Levine has some writing tips. Why is “write what you know” bad advice? What does Stephen King say about rewriting? How does Paul find so much humor in court? And why does he pay homage to John D. MacDonald? Q: Paul, you frequently speak to aspiring authors. Any writing tips you want to…

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Crime Fiction: Brash New Kid on the Block

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By Paul Levine Crime Fiction authors Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman remind me of Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks. And no, neither Lee nor Joel has a mustache. Ninety-five years ago, Chaplin and Fairbanks (along with Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith) opened their own studio: United Artists. They’d been working for the big-name studios and thought they…

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Mystery Books Hard-Boiled: From Spade to Lassiter

By Paul Levine This question recently appeared on Facebook: “Who’s your favorite character in hard-boiled fiction?” The answers were smart and reflected knowledge of both classic and post-modern noir crime fiction. Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer were among the answers. So, too, of course was Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. How could he not…

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