Yes, Virginia, There Really Were Female Private Eyes In Hard-Boiled Stories

Great reading for anyone who writes or read crime fiction, or is simply interested in what real private investigators actually do, Writing PIs has a fine retort to that recent NY Times review of Inherent Vice masquerading as a think piece declaring the death of detective fiction. Check it out.

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  1. This prompted me to peruse about half of The Drowning Pool – 133 pages or so – to see how many similes I could count. (I’m using the Vintage Crime Black Lizard edition from May 1996). I counted thirty four and no doubt missed a few. I haven’t done the legwork, but I think some of the later books might have a slightly higher ratio. That’s a lot, but in any case I would argue that many of Macdonald’s similes are so strong that they infinitely enrich the work. Not only that – they are so strong that they put many “serious” writers of fiction to shame.
    http://postmoderndeconstructionmadhouse.blogspot.com/2014/11/ross-macdonald-drowning-pool.html#.VHQTZtKUeRZ

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