The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Their Detectives
Karydes, a Maryland librarian, offers a new and unsettling reading of the lives and fictions of three canonical mystery novelists as they attempted to “write themselves well.” “Perusing her compassionate but unsparing accounts of these men's psychic case-histories is often as thrilling an experience as reading their legendary novels. The brilliant Hard-Boiled Anxiety should become a benchmark work in Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald studies.” --Tom Nolan, author of Ross Macdonald: A Biography.
The investigators become the investigated in this illuminating examination of the inner lives of three beloved detective-fiction writers. An illuminating glimpse into the psyches of three prominent American detective novelists, "Hard-Boiled Anxiety" by Karen Huston Karydes offers snippets of...