Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Help me out: Crime Stories
I have a few things I will definitely use: The Big Sleep. Sjowall and Wahloo's The Laughing Policeman. One heist novel, probably one of Richard Stark's Parker novels. One genre-buster, perhaps Jonathan Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music or China Mieville's recent The City And The City. I will of course use a Poe story and a Conan Doyle story.
But what else? I'd like more women (besides Maj Sjowall). Dorothy Sayers? Patricia Highsmith? (Maybe Strangers On A Train.) I wouldn't mind using Tana French's The Likeness, but it's rather long. Ruth Rendell / Barbara Vine? She writes great crime novels but I don't know what I'd say about them in a college class. Karin Fossum perhaps? Can a case be made for Shirley Jackson? I am thinking of We Have Always Lived In The Castle.
Or writers of color--Walter Mosley? I'd like to get a couple more pre-war writers maybe. It's a 14-week semester and each week will be either one or two short stories, or a short novel, or half a long novel. Would love your ideas. Especially if you are a Cornell freshman who happens to be registered for the class.