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On Crime Writing by Ross Macdonald
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Apr 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: crime-mystery, writing

Two short essays -- of which the first (The Writer as Detective Hero) contains some real gems of advice; the second, on writing the Galton Case, is less interesting.

I haven't read any MacDonald -- but this book has made me want to.

One point RMacD. makes is that the first "mature" book he wrote -- breaking free of the conventions of hardboiled narrator/hero -- was the Doomsters. From then on, he was a different writer (he says).
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Tom I've read a few of MacD's books. He's good; somewhere in between Hammett's tersness and Chandler's atmospheric moodiness. Lew Archer is engaging PI, worth following over course of several books.

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