Tag Archives: Lazarillo de Tormes

A Defense from the Gutter: the case for Crime Fiction as ‘Serious’ Literature

In a recent review of Jake Hinkson’s latest effort, the reviewer’s choice of words: “The Deepening Shade is very much at the literary end of the crime genre…” chafed me like sand in a bathing suit. I remain perplexed why … Continue reading

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The things that scare us

Readers remember those moments in their reading adventures when they discovered foreshadowing and understood it in perhaps, The Scarlet Letter, or understood symbolism in, perhaps, Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat,” or felt that they were in on the satire of … Continue reading

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