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What's the Point?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Sep 13, 2007.


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I have a wide ranging interest in literature and the arts. I am studying and developing my skills in these areas and aspire to be published someday.
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Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon), Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep), Erle Stanley Gardner (The Case of the Runaway Corpse), Chester B. Himes (Cotton Comes to Harlem), Ed McBain (Cop Hater), W. R. Burnett (Underdog), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tony Hillerman (Skinwalkers)
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Don't be a sap!

I was surfing Google and found this San Diego Tribune article about police officers carrying saps:

Posted on September 12, 2007 at 5:48am

Main character Introductions

I'm in the middle of A Rage in Harlem by Chester B. Himes and there is a big difference as to how he introduces the main chacaters to his series of books.

In the first paragraph of the first chapter of The Maltese Falcon we get a detailed description of Samuel Spade. Through the course of the novel where we are Sam Spade is as well. Philip Marlowe guides us through every step of Raymond Chandler's novels.

In A Rage in Harlem Grave Digger Jones and…


Posted on September 7, 2007 at 5:07pm

In the newspaper

There is a riveting account of a police raid in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle. You can check it out here.

Posted on September 5, 2007 at 2:53pm


The introduction of The Ultimate Spy Book has a section titled "Who Spies?". It divides the motive of spies into 4 categories, encompassed by the acronym M.I.C.E.: Money, Ideology, Compromise, Ego.

Money is pretty straight forward. Financial gain or financial troubles are strong motives for just about anybody.

Ideology is the beliefs a spy has in the country they spy for. The book mentions people who believed in communism and spied for the USSR. On the other hand I…


Posted on September 2, 2007 at 4:12pm

I can't make this up.

Really, I can't.

The case is The People vs. Dota, 33 F3d 1179. A business president is sweet on his secretary, but she won't return the favor because she has a boyfriend. So the president hires someone to kill the boyfriend. The guy he hires turns around and hires someone else to do the killing for him. That guy hires 2 more people to help him.

They beat the boyfriend with bats and shoot him. The boyfriend survives. When the secretary phones work that that she can't…


Posted on August 29, 2007 at 5:07pm

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At 4:29am on August 28, 2007, PulpStar said…
Hiya, fellow APE attendee. Here's pulp in your eye!
At 11:27am on August 27, 2007, Newt Love said…
Hey! If a author writes a novel in the forest, and nobody reads it, did it make a sound?
I'm newt, slithering from the shallow end of the gene pool, into the open ocean. Sharks are likely to eat me before the salt water kills me, but who wants a quiet life?

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