Former journalist and prize-winning author Chris Karsten has written two books for children as well as crime stories and a biography of Charlize Theron. His thriller, The Skin Collector, the first book in the Abel trilogy, is out now.
I love a really good, hard-boiled mystery, with sharply defined characters. To appreciate this, it is occasionally necessary to revisit the old pros, like Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy, as opposed to the old British writers, say Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and PD James.
Then there was Dashiell Hammett, dubbed the creator of the modern hard-boiled suspense novel. As the New York Times extolled on his death: “His stories were as consistent as mathematics and as intricate as psychology.”
Amen, I say, while reading The Novels of Dashiell Hammett, a collection of his five books – Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), The Maltese Falcon (1930), The Glass Key (1931), and The Thin Man (1934).
- The Skin Collector and Die afreis van Abel Lotz are published by NB Publishers
- The Skin Collector by Chris Karsten
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