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»In his introduction to this new edition, Walter Mosley asks, but does not answer, why Hughes has not been as celebrated as her peers, like Raymond Chandler or James Ellroy

With this summer’s reissue of the 1963 noir The Expendable Man, New York Review Books has given readers the opportunity to rediscover the extraordinary Dorothy B. Hughes. Christine Smallwood about the author and her novel at

»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.