Posts By: Paul Levine

Hard-Boiled Dialogue: From Philip Marlowe to Jake Lassiter

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Hard-boiled dialogue…the literary equivalent of a quick punch to the gut. “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.” “Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.” Those hard-boiled lines come from the mind of tough-guy P.I. Philip Marlowe, which is to say from author Raymond…

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Mystery Novels vs. Thrillers

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By Paul Levine At a conference recently, I was asked, “Do you write mystery novels or thrillers?” “Yes,” I answered with a smile. Okay, it’s a wise ass reply. There are discernible differences between the two genrea.  As Wikipedia succinctly explains, the thriller hero must stop the villain’s plans, rather than uncover a crime that…

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Best Books Ever…My List or Yours?

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By Paul Levine A “Best Books” list is inherently flawed.  Just as with “best teams” or “best movies” or “best pizza,” beauty is in the eye of the blogger. A meme has been spreading through Facebook — as memes are inclined to do — asking people to name the ten best books they’ve ever read….

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LeBron James Homecoming and the Power of the Past

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DISPATCH FROM MIAMI–THE MORNING AFTER By Paul Levine This is not only about the LeBron James homecoming.   It’s about us all. In Miami, we are coming to grips with LeBron leaving.  Nearly everyone respects his decision.  He didn’t leave the Miami Heat for the glamour of New York or the glitz of  L.A.  …

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