Friday, June 20, 2014

(Dan J.) Marlowe plus more noir shots

I resume my reading of hard-boiled American crime fiction from the weird, twisted 1950's with Doorway to Death by the great Dan J. Marlowe. The book is loaded with sex and adverbs, it's the first crime novel I've ever read whose protagonist is a hotel bell captain, and it's a terrific piece of hard-boiled crime writing. More to come.

First, though, just a few more noir shots from your humble blogkeeper's new camera. I call the first one The Ladies' Room From Shanghai. And no, I did not shoot it where you think I did.

© Peter Rozovsky 2014

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Charles Kelly said...

Peter, I don't think I've ever heard a better description of this novel than "This book is loaded with sex and adverbs."

June 20, 2014  
Anonymous Charles Kelly said...

With horror, I noted that I forgot to put a comma after the "than" in my previous comment.

June 20, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Charles, I hate to plunge you even deeper into an abyss of uncertainty, but I'd say you were right to not to include a comma. The material between the inverted commas is not, i9n fact, a quotation. Hence (according to me), no comma needed.

The adverbs smack of hard-boiled writing from the 1940s. I wonder if Marlowe included them as a sly reference.

June 20, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

That window blind with the Roman numeral on it would make a great book cover for the right title. Very ominous.

June 20, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana, would you believe I had never seen the pattern as a Roman numeral until now? "The Ninth Blindness." "X Minus 1." The mind overflows with possible titles for a book to lie beneath such a cover.

June 20, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

Not quite the Tenth Degree. Bottom of the Ninth. The possibilities are endless.

June 20, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

"X Marks the Shot."

June 20, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana (and anyone else who should happen to read this), I should add that the Charles Kelly who commented above is author of the Marlowe biography Gunshots In Another Room.

June 20, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

Your photo could almost be the cover for his book, depending on how many gunshots there were...

June 20, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The real cover includes a photo of Marlowe looking like a pudgy, middle-aged local councilman--which is exactly what he was. The man is very much worth reading. Take a look at some of my previous posts about him.

June 21, 2014  

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