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Raymond Chandler, ‘The Long Goodbye’ (1953)

“The French have a phrase for it. The bastards have a phrase for everything and they are always right. To say goodbye is to die a little.” In 2009 James Ellroy was quoted in The Paris Review thus: ‘Chandler wrote the kind of guy that he wanted to be, Hammett wrote the kind of guy that he was … Continue reading

Stephen King, ‘On Writing’ (2000)

‘Stopping a piece of work because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.’ As I’m not a religious man … Continue reading

Adrian McKinty, ‘Gun Street Girl’ (2015)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a great admirer of Adrian McKinty’s work – so I was pleased as Punch to receive an advance copy of his latest book Gun Street Girl, due out next week. And not only because McKinty is such a class writer; its arrival also confirmed that his Sean Duffy … Continue reading