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Novels of Ross Macdonald and Patricia Highsmith

Reading stories about crime plunges you straight into the genre wars. What do Sophocles, Dostoevsky and Faulkner have to do with Agatha Christie, Chester Himes or Elmore Leonard? More germane, … Continue reading

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Saturday, 11 February, 2017 · Leave a comment


We all of us need guidelines to negotiate our lives, and most of us know it. If we’re not to be swept away by calamity or confusion, we need a … Continue reading

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Saturday, 28 January, 2017 · Leave a comment