Max Thursday

Monday, June 5, 2017

These six books are among the finest detective stories I’ve yet read, with honest-to-God mysteries, cracking pace, and a relatable hero. The first one is what helped convert…

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Hardboiled Monday: The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories

Monday, May 22, 2017

When Chris Hocking and I set out to talk hardboiled fiction every Monday it turned out we (or maybe it was just me) were a little too ambitious….

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Pulp and Sundry

Monday, May 8, 2017

I do like to write quickly and to be able to report vast thousands of words written, but as I think I mentioned, for me at least that…

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Word Count Musings & Hardboiled Thoughts

Friday, May 5, 2017

As I’ve only just now finished the final story in The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories, I’m moving the official discussion of it out another week so…

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Hardboiled Treasures

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Look what turned up in the mail the other day! And it wasn’t even Christmas! The Mighty Hocking had some duplicate hardboiled paperbacks lying about (as well as…

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Hard-Boiled Monday Returns

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sort of an ironic thing to post on a Friday, isn’t it? I’ve had numerous requests for the return of the ongoing column, and I’ve spoken with Chris…

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Private Eye

Friday, April 21, 2017

Here at Jones central things have been on the quiet side lately, which is nice. I’m working away on the revision of the second novel of my new…

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Chandler Collected

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I became a Raymond Chandler fan only a few years ago because I’d seldom wandered beyond the genre walls I threw up for myself — historical fiction, history,…

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Devil May Care

Friday, June 10, 2016

The old saying goes that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, which is a nice sentiment and all, but doesn’t usually hold water as far as…

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Dabir and Asim Return

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

For the first time this year I’ve sold a short story. I’m delighted to relay that the upcoming Skelos magazine will be carrying a never-before-published Dabir and Asim…

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