Sarah Weinman about the American crime writer and literary critic Dorothy B. Hughes. Hughes (1904 – 1993) wrote fourteen crime and detective novels. Recently her novel The Expendable Man has been republished with an afterword by Walter Mosley. Sarah Weinman’s worth-reading essay on the author and her books can be read at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
»When one all but closes a book, as Hughes does with The Expendable Man, with a line like “when man wants an evil, he’ll always find someone evil to supply him,” what is left? Hughes had saved up for years to write this book, and said everything she had wanted to say in fiction.«