Writer Raymond Chandler. Photograph: Ralph Crane//Time Life Pictures/Getty

Raymond Chandler, the quintessential crime writer, master of the noir genre, is remembered as chronicler of the grimy underside of rapidly expanding m(...)

 Lou Reed in New York in 2011: I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics shows him to be a true rock ’n’ roll poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Faber & Faber’s forthcoming reissue of Lou Reed’s I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics revives a question that’s been kicking around since B(...)

Colm Tóibín: “I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.”  Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

That thing Voltaire didn’t actually say about defending loopy opinions to the death (I paraphrase) has gone out of fashion in recent years. Too often (...)

‘It’s hard to tell who has more of a lion’s heart and soul, Philip Marlowe or Liam Neeson.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It seems as if Liam Neeson is about to play Philip Marlowe. William Monahan, writer of The Departed, will be adapting Benjamin Black’s The Black-Eyed (...)

The terrace at Salon de Ning at the Peninsula Hotel in New York. You can see Trump Tower from here – but you can also look the other way

Ahh, pubs. Time was, you hitched your horse outside, walked in (presumably flashing your pistols), spat in the direction of a receptacle and gulped d(...)

Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in 12 Years a Slave. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

The great Chiwetel Ejiofor is contemplating the inevitable business of allowing corners of your private life to become public. He doesn’t much like t(...)

John Banville writes crime novels under the Benjamin Black pseudonym. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The first Imagine Crime Writing Award will be presented to Irish novelist John Banville during this year’s Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford. Waterfo(...)

Crime writer Ken Bruen photographed in his native Galway city in 2003. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The story has been told before but deserves another airing. One evening, close on 30 years ago for us, herself and myself were in the Galway Arms, a g(...)

Neil White is a criminal lawyer who writes crime fiction novels. ‘People are much worse than writers are able to imagine them.’

What was the first book to make an impression on you?Any one of the Enid Blyton Famous Five books. I remember well the feeling of mild terror as the m(...)

Michael Connelly: wears his Raymond Chandler influences lightly. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

The shot was fired a decade ago, but Orlando Merced, a mariachi band member, has only now succumbed, which means Harry Bosch has a very unusual open-u(...)

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