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»Since Chandler is so famous, you can find criticism of his work. I haven’t found much criticism of Thomas; people say that he is great and underrated and leave it at that. Probably his place in 20-century literature is reasonably secure but it would be nice to get him a little more respect. It doesn’t matter that Thomas doesn’t always provide a satisfying dénouement. He provides voice, subtle perception, history, and a passionate but cynical love of politics unrivaled by any other author in the genre.«

Ethan Iverson

In remembrance of Ross Thomas: Ethan Iverson about the writer Ross Thomas, who died 18 years ago. His essay Ah, Treachery! at his blog Do The Math.

Pianist, composer, and critic Ethan Iverson about the crimes of the century. Mr. Iverson compiled various lists with his favorit crime fiction books. In his blog Do The Math you will find lists like 15 Hardboiled/American Crime Essentials, 15 Cozy/English Crime Essentials, 10 Espionage Essentials, 10 Unusual One-offs that Connoisseurs Like to Talk About, 5 Unlikely Suspects Show They Can Hold Their Own Against the Professionals, 25 books I’ve really enjoyed since the Millennium, and 65 more books. Great lists, via Sarah Weinman.