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The truth of the matter is, you lose a parent to murder when you’re 10 years old, and in fact at the time of the…
When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I…
Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it’s a simple view. I’ve taken it as far as it can go. I think I’ve…
My mother and I will continue on some level that I haven’t determined yet. I think my mother’s a great character, and I have to…
I was a WASP kid going to a high school that was 99 percent Jewish and I wanted attention and I wanted to make a…
I put on such a good show, the story is outrageous, and people don’t want to hear that I’m basically a reasonable human being. As…
Every one of my books is written from the viewpoint of cops, with the exception of my book Killer on the Road, which is written…
Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.
As much as I transferred my mother to Elizabeth Shore of The Black Dahlia, as much as her dad mutated into an obsession with crime…
I’ve been tremendously moved by a bunch of odd books. Ross McDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books.
I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity.
I’m clenched down, I’m locked in on it, which is my general approach to life.
I haven’t been to a movie in a year and a half.
I love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime.
I don’t know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don’t know any criminals.
I am a writer. I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing career to play detective.
As critical acclaim and response has built up, every interview I give is a chance to puncture the myth I’ve created about my work and…
As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me, but the basic thrust of it didn’t move me.
I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I…
Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.
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