Jan 21 2010
Margaret Eby: The Cartography of Crime
In a noir novel, the cityscape is as crucial as the crime spree, and investigators like Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade are our sleep-deprived, chain-smoking, gin-soaked tour guides. The following books render their city's cartography through the cadences of detective fiction, sketching blood-spattered maps of the world's mean streets. As Philip Marlowe described Los Angeles in The Long Goodbye, "A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness. It all depends on where you sit . . ."
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