've been touting Northern Ireland crime fiction for years, so it's no surprise that I liked the books I'll discuss when I moderate Belfast Noir: Murder and Mayhem from Northern Ireland
on Friday, 11:30 a.m., at Bouchercon 2014
in Long Beach. The real revelations for me have come as I prepared for Beyond Hammett, Chandler, and Spillane: Lesser Known Writers of the Pulp and Paperback Eras
, which I'll moderate at 3 p.m. Friday.
The panel will consist of five authors or editors talking about one or more favorite crime writers from out of the past. You may not have heard of all those writers; I certainly had not before I put the panel together.
You'll read more about those writers over the next few weeks, but suffice it to say that each of my five panelists will discuss at least one book that has turned out to be among the highlights of my year's reading.
I won't pick a year's best yet, but I have read no more virtuoso authorial crime fiction performance this year, or maybe ever, than Charlotte Armstrong's 1947 novel The Unsuspected
. The book is a masterfully told tale of suspense in which everything, everyone, is in doubt and knocked out of balance from the first scene to the last, a sort of Agatha Christie meets Georges Simenon meets Cornell Woolrich, with a few sly jabs thrown in. I thank panelist Sara J. Henry
for choosing to discuss Armstrong.
See you in Long Beach.
© Peter Rozovsky 2014
Labels: Bouchercon 2014, Charlotte Armstrong, Sara J. Henry