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»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.«

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.


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  1. August 14, 2012

    Thanks for the link! The LARB’s headline is misleading, though, as I talk about ALL of Dorothy B. Hughes‘ novels to varying degrees. The point of the essay was to be comprehensive, not just stick to a couple of books.

  2. krimiblogger #
    August 14, 2012

    Hello,

    thank you very much for your correction. I’ve just update and corrected my entry. And of course, thank you very much for your excellent essay on Hughes. I’m looking forward for „The Expendable Man“ and „In a Lonely Place“, which – as far as I remember – Megan Abbott selected recently for „Books to Die For“.

    All the best
    Ludger

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