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Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.
Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.
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 expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist.
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 say that giving my mother to the world has to be the biggest thrill of my writing career.
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'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people.
I'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it, which is my general approach to life.
I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.
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 spectacle of myself because I couldn't stand to be ignored.
I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity.
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 long as it continues to get me print, I'll continue to perform in an exuberant manner.
I love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime.
I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
Live For The Moment
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Trust In God
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