Monday, March 28, 2011

Chelsea Cain's six favorite detective stories

Chelsea Cain's novels featuring Detective Archie Sheridan include Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, and The Night Season.

For The Week magazine she named her six favorite detective stories.

One title on the list:
Trouble Is My Business by Raymond Chandler

All the stories in this collection are great, but “Red Wind” is my favorite. It’s hard-boiled and romantic, which is hard to pull off. The story originally featured another detective, but when Chandler compiled this book, he changed the protagonist to his mainstay P.I., Philip Marlowe.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Novelist Gregg Hurwitz calls Trouble Is My Business "typically brilliant" and backs his assessment with Chandler's simile, “He had an idea and he was holding it like a sick baby.”

The Page 99 Test: Sweetheart.

The Page 69 Test: Evil at Heart.

--Marshal Zeringue