Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction

Thursday, February 27, 2014 Film Noir 

The air was cold—thin and clawing like an animal in an iron trap. The other day I heard a blonde call the snow “pretty as a postcard.” It was pretty as a postcard, if the postcard had a secret message on the back written in blood, or ink as ashen as the frostbitten feet of bodies at the morgue, and it was asking you to walk in it. I needed a drink. What I had was a book.

This long winter is enough to make anyone as cynical as a hard-boiled sleuth. Take a day in with one of these
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Ann Allen Shockley and Black History Month

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  

Addressing prejudice in more forms than one, Ann Allen Shockley’s writing frequently features interracial lesbian couples. The groundbreaking work Loving Her, first published in 1974, was the first novel to feature an interracial lesbian relationship.

The intriguing, sympathetic characters created by Shockley make her writing both engaging and groundbreaking. Meet a few of her characters, whose love stories will capture your attention
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