Simon sought to put an innovative spin on private-eye fiction. He didn’t wish simply to re-wrap the field’s hard-boiled conventions in new, shinier paper, but instead hoped to reboot the genre in a way that would resonate with a generation of readers less wistful for the quieter “good old days” than they were hopeful about how late-20th-century upheavals might redefine modern culture for the better. Moses S. Wine would chronicle that evolution through the course of his cases.You’ll find the full column here.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
My latest Mysteries and Thrillers column has now been posted on the Kirkus Reviews Web site. The topic this week: Roger L. Simon’s novel The Big Fix, which introduced Los Angeles private eye Moses Wine--and celebrates its 40th birthday this year. As I write in that piece, Fix was Simon’s attempt to bring something new to a genre then in need of an overhaul: