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.
Fans of eclectic, avant-garde rock, blues and jazz music are in for a treat as The Magic Band of Captain Beefheart fame will play the U.K. and Dublin later this year.
Classy, stylish noir at its very best.
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