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Hard-Boiled Sentimentality by Leonard Cassuto
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it was amazing
bookshelves: crime-noir, noir-fiction-theory, literary-criticism

I've been reading and re-reading this book for a month now and think it is a quite important work, not just on crime fiction, but of literary criticism in general. At the beginning I was skeptical about the connection between hard-boiled crime fiction and sentimentality. No longer. Cassuto's argument is totally convincing, as is his linkage of the devolving domestic detective and the rise of serial killer as counterpoints to the same sentimentally idealized image of the American family.
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Reading Progress

December 4, 2014 – Started Reading
December 4, 2014 – Shelved
December 4, 2014 – Shelved as: crime-noir
December 4, 2014 – Shelved as: noir-fiction-theory
December 4, 2014 – Shelved as: literary-criticism
December 5, 2014 –
page 46
14.07%
December 7, 2014 –
page 108
33.03%
December 7, 2014 –
page 151
46.18%
December 11, 2014 –
page 181
55.35%
January 3, 2015 –
page 181
55.35%
January 3, 2015 –
page 327
100.0%
January 3, 2015 – Finished Reading

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