Victoria Dougherty
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Hard-Boiled Thrillers, Noir, and the Belly Laugh
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Hi, Crimespacers,Recently I started a discussion here about humor and whether it belongs in a hard-boiled thriller or noir.  I've just written a blog post about it and if you've got the time, check…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victoria Dougherty Jan 25, 2019.

The Next Big Thing
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Hey bloggers - anyone interested in being tagged for The Next Big Thing blog series?  I've got three spots left.  Basically, you'll have to send me a link to your blog, answer a series of questions…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.E. Purfield Nov 28, 2012.

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Hi, everyone - here's a question for you:What, in your opinion, would disqualify a story from being classified as "Noir?"Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.E. Purfield Nov 18, 2012.

Fog vs Pollution
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Hi, Everyone. First - thanks for all the replies about comedy and the thriller.  I've got a new question.  What provides better atmosphere in a thriller/mystery/crime novel, fog or pollution?  I mean…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Michael Brantingham Oct 2, 2012.


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Ivy, VA
About Me:
I'm a writer of essays, non-fiction and historical crime/spy fiction who comes from the ultimate WWII/Cold War family. As a child, our family dinner table conversations revolved around daring escapes, underground networks, being chased by secret police, and even the occassional ghost story. Come to think of it, not much has changed since I've had my own family.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Anything by Raymond Chandler or Alan Furst. Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, East of Eden, Child 44, The Alienist, The Man Who Was Thursday, Mickey Spillane is fun, The Captive Mind, most Greek Tragedies, The Name of the Rose, any Uncle Oswald story, Peter Mayle beach reading, Shantaram...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Casablanca, Dr. Zhivago, Raiders of the Lost Ark, TheThomas Crown Affair (old and new), Pan's Labyrinth, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, loved the one episode I saw of Rome, Prime Suspect series, Agatha Christie movies from the 60s and 70s, sucker for James Bond, Ronin, English Patient, The Fugitive, The Pianist...

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Men in Love and War


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Posted on May 30, 2018 at 12:13pm

Men in Love and War

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Posted on May 30, 2018 at 12:11pm

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (scratch the last part)

I’m not by nature a prolific reader. A prolific imaginer, yes, but reader? Hmm. I’m slow, I’m picky, and I tend to want to turn everything into my own tale.

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t preferred the sanctuary of my own private, sometimes weird library of mind-stories to the extensive and fully utilized library my husband and I share in our…


Posted on July 22, 2015 at 7:00am

Life in a Haunted House

We never get any trick-or-treaters. I can tell myself that it’s because we’re the only house on a dead-end street and surely, being off the beaten path is part of the problem. But if I’m to be completely honest, it’s because I know that little kids are afraid of our home.

Yes, we live in THAT house.

It’s the one we all dared each other to visit on Halloween. The…


Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:41am

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At 3:37am on October 24, 2014, Gavin Woods said…

Hi Victoria. I'm in the middle of writing my first novel. I've just started reading some Raymond Chandler. Which other Noir/Detective novels do you recommend?

At 12:46am on February 23, 2014, William G. Davis said…
At 1:35pm on December 5, 2013, Jackson Burnett said…

Thanks for the add, Victoria.  The Past Never Ends didn't make the cut.  I'm just glad it was considered.  The Expats by Chris Pavone got the Edgar for Best First Mystery Novel.

I've been away from here for a while and just read your blog on Dracula.  Nice job!

Dracula is also the first legal thriller.  Stoker beat Grisham by almost a century.

What do you think?

At 11:45am on February 9, 2013, M.E. Purfield said…

thanks for friending back :-)

At 12:42am on February 9, 2013, Martin Roy Hill said…

Yes and no, Victoria. I have more than 20 years of military service, but most of it is reserve time. I did 13 years in the Coast Guard, active and reserve, split between two enlistments, with three years in the Navy Reserve in between. I'm now a major in a component of the California National Guard, and I work for the Navy as a civilian analyst in battlefield medical capabilities. 

At 2:16pm on June 20, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Check out We Can't Dance Together at A Twist of Noir!
(based on that Steely Dan song that's been stuck in your head since 1980)
At 8:05am on June 5, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
Richlands is in southwestern Virginia, about half way between Bluefield, West Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee.
At 1:22am on June 4, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
And you are now in Ivy. Where is that? I once lived in Richlands, Virginia. Editor for the newspaper there.
At 4:46am on June 1, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Thanks for the add.
Now let's go littler the world with provocative crime fiction!
At 11:47am on May 17, 2010, Peter Steiner said…
Hello Victoria. I'm glad you enjoyed the cartoon. I hope you like the book.

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