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According to the critic of mysteries and thrillers for The Wall Street Journal, we are in a Golden Age of crime fiction

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Who better to discuss the state of mysteries and thrillers than a critic who specializes in the genre? The topics Tom discusses run the gamut: from the greats of yesteryear—Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald—to current authors writing historical mysteries—Kelli Stanley, Robert Harris, Alan Furst, Simon Sebag-Montefiore and Robert Olen Butler—and crime fiction writers now available in translation—Fuminon Nakamura and Shuichi Yoshinda. Oh, and along the way he also weighed in on Sophie Hannah’s turn as the grande dame of mysteries, Agatha Christie, and the consistent excellence of Michael Connelly.

Tom Nolan’s most recent book is Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake, a biography of Artie Shaw. Next summer, Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, co-edited with Suzanne Marrs, will be published.

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