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Thursday, September 22, 2011

MYSTERY CORNER: UNDERRATED CRIME WRITER!

MYSTERY CORNER: UNDERRATED CRIME WRITER!

GREAT ARTICLE BY NOIR WRITER ERIC BEETNER . . .

PER CRIMINAL ELEMENT . . .

I have a favorite crime writer. I bet you’ve heard of him. But you may not be able to come up with his name. Here, have a sample and see if you can guess who it is:

Well it’s 9th and Hennepin and all the donuts have names that sound like prostitutes and the moon’s teeth marks are on the sky like a tarp thrown all over this. And the broken umbrellas like dead birds and the steam comes out of the grill like the whole goddamned town is ready to blow.

Did you guess? Was it Chandler? Hammett? Cain? Nope.

One of the best crime story writers—ever, if you ask me, and you didn’t—has never been on any best of lists, has never won an Edgar or an Anthony or any other award, has never been anthologized. But he’s written so many concise and poetic crime stories and noirs and done it all this time right under our noses.

I’m talking about Tom Waits . . .

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

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