Dateline: Robert Carraher
I was born in Pomona, California at a very young age. I had a pretty normal childhood…or I was a pretty normal child hood if mom is telling the story. I was a paperboy and washed cars, I bussed tables, I was a soda fountain jock jerk and a manic mechanic, but my first real job was as a labor organizer in a maternity ward. Then, because of the misjudgment of a judge I spent nearly 10 years in the service of our country mostly on KP duty, our country sure turns out a lot of dirty dishes. I was a master at pots and pans. Uncle Sam eventually recognized my real talent and let me wander around some very unfriendly places carrying a big radio that didn’t work.
Along the way I took up the bass guitar, jotting down stories and electronic engineering. I spent most of my adult life, if you can call it that, working in the I.T. industry, which I was particularly suited for since we worked in rooms with no windows. On and off I taught in colleges, universities and reform schools as a student teacher…
I like smog, traffic, kinky people, car trouble, noisy neighbors, and crowded seedy bars where I have been known to quote Raymond Chandler as pickup lines. I have always been a voracious reader, everything from the classics, to popular fiction, history to science but I have a special place in my heart for crime fiction, especially hard-boiled detective fiction and noir. I write a book and music review blog for all genres at The Dirty Lowdown. And another dedicated to Crime Fiction and all-things Noir called Crimeways. It’s named after the magazine that appeared in the Kenneth Fearing classic, "The Big Clock". There I write scholarly reviews of the classic hard boiled, noir and crime fiction books from the 20's through today. Mostly I like the salacious pictures on the covers.
Beautiful, ruthless and a bizarre mix of elegance and brutality. One of the most important pieces of crime fiction of the past 50 years.
When evil incarnate meets the toughest female detective alive.
Hard hitting, ambitious, even literary, crime fiction.
Kimberly LaRocca reflects on times of love, friendship, bitterness, desire, anger, joy, loss, forgiveness and determination.
Will Boast ROCKS. Power Ballads sings and has the power to move you.
The worst killers are the survivors. They know that life is cheap, no matter what the rest of the world says.
They have everything they could hope for... until they lose it all in one horrifying moment.
Small is a man who delivers the blues with his various guitars, a love of music, and intensity.
Look it here, baby, listen to my song.
Ill-tempered, aggressive and borderline psychotic, Fox is also compassionate, introspective and highly principled.