"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell

Crime cracks open four women’s contained existences.


He lodged the American noir in the post-war 20th century.

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A scene from THE LONG GOODBYE (1973)

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Dashiell Hammett vs. The Situationists

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What linked her lowbrow mysteries and highbrow scholarship?


Toni Schlesinger on a panel from REAL CLUE (1947)

Chandler (seated) in a recently-discovered cameo in Double Indemnity.images

Something in the city he gave us betrayed him.


Beneath golden-age charm, a moody mastery of crime fiction.


Crime writer Robert B. Parker is dead. HiLobrow.com contributor Sarah Weinman, who writes “Dark Passages,” a monthly online mystery & suspense column for the Los Angeles Times, and “The Criminalist”, a monthly online column for the Barnes & Noble Review, has linked to dozens of tributes. Today, in a Los Angeles Times appreciation, she tactfully […]


If you know CORNELL WOOLRICH’s (1903-68) oeuvre at all, it’s most likely through the films of the standout directors who’ve interpreted it: Hitchcock’s Rear Window, for example, was based on Woolrich’s story “It Had to Be Murder,” while Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black jumps off the 1940 novel of the same name. That’s a shame, […]


If CHESTER HIMES (1909-84) hadn’t found himself broke in France in the mid-1950s he might today be remembered only as the author of some acute, painful treatments of racism and prison life — the kind of books that are shelved under O for “obligatory” and seldom if ever read for pleasure. But an encounter with […]