|"Shadow Man" by Peter Rozovsky|
for Detectives Beyond Borders
is the title both of Richard Layman's 1981 biography of Dashiell Hammett and of the self-portrait at left, which I shot last night.
Today I had lunch with Hammett's granddaughter and editor Julie M. Rivett, who is visiting my part of the world to talk to high school students and other groups about Hammett and The Maltese Falcon
|Richard Layman, Julie M.|
Rivett. Photo by your humble
Rivett, who joined Layman in a discussion I moderated at Bouchercon 2015, talked Hammett, and we discussed one of last year's best non-fiction crime books, Nathan Ward's The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett
. I was also tickled to learn that Rivett is a big fan of James Lee Burke
, whom I've begun to read as part of my recent but abiding love affair with New Orleans. We talked at some length about Burke and his writing, which Rivett knows a lot better than I do. The woman has good taste in crime writers, whether she is their lineal descendant or not.
© Peter Rozovsky 2016
Labels: Dashiell Hammett, James Lee Burke, Julie M. Rivett, Nathan Ward, noir photos, photography, Richard Layman