Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.
I am the most well-adjusted human being I know. I started out this investigation as a very happy man with a great career. I've got the life people dream about: I am rich, I am famous, I've got a fabulous marriage to an absolutely, spell-bindingly brilliant woman.
I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.
I'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people.
As much as I transferred my mother to Elizabeth Shore of The Black Dahlia, as much as her dad mutated into an obsession with crime in general, well, I have thought about other things throughout the years.
Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it's a simple view. I've taken it as far as it can go. I think I've expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist.
Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.
I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity.
I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I would rather err on the side of too much authority than too little.
I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me, but the basic thrust of it didn't move me.
As critical acclaim and response has built up, every interview I give is a chance to puncture the myth I've created about my work and refine it.
I don't know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don't know any criminals.
I have a very intense marriage.
I've been tremendously moved by a bunch of odd books. Ross McDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books.
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