Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 4.18.59 PMIn an uncertain world there is one stark certainty.  Crime.  It is the reality we cannot escape, the salt of life that both fascinates and terrifies.  Here in America we have had criminals at the highest levels of our government and our corporations, not to mention the predatory criminals that ravage our mean urban streets.  Our police departments are inundated with crime and corruption and our more than 2 million prisoners, state, local and Federal, wile away their weary hours by augmenting and refining their criminal techniques.  This is the setting for  All Things Crime, spearheaded by Los Angeles Private Investigator and crime writer Patrick H. Moore.

In this blog, we will discuss True Crime, both as it exists in reality and as depicted in works such as Capote’s In Cold Blood  and Ed Sanders’ exhaustive Manson family saga, The Family, as well as the literature of Crime as it appears in illustrious works of fiction.  The literature of crime begins with European giants such as Francois Villon, Dostoevsky, Dickens, and Conrad, and crosses the Atlantic to manifest in the strange mind of Edgar Allen Poe.  Crime then seeps into the best work of some true American heavyweights – Faulkner, Algren and Flannery O’Connor come to mind.  Crime writing emerges as a full-fledged obsession (and marketable genre) with the great noir writers: Hammett, Chandler, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, James M. Cain and Chester Himes.  The genre then expands to include such diverse talents as Norman Mailer, Robert Stone, Walter Mosely, Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men), Truman Capote, Ed Sanders, the brilliant and problematical James Ellroy, and that eminent practitioner of gritty crime writing (and PHM’s personal inspiration), Dennis Lehane.  We now also have a whole slew of transgressive work from folks such as Jerry Stahl and Tony O’Neill.  The list is long and getting longer.

It’s illuminating to see how international writers have taken the best elements of American crime writing and adapted them to suit their own needs.  We enjoy stellar books from the likes of Jean-Patrick Manchette, Roberto Bolano, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo, to name just a handful.

The field is a rich landscape of endless possibility and in All Things Crime we will wrestle with this field.  Fellow crime aficianados, we invite your thoughts and ideas and with your permission, we look forward to posting your contributions in the form of short articles and reflections on this important and fascinating topic.

 

15 Responses to Welcome to Our World

  1. Congrats and good luck with it!

  2. Bmac says:

    Patrick, you’re a master of images with words. Good luck to you and yours and keep us all posted for the coming out party.

    • Patrick H. Moore says:

      Bmac,Thanks for the your kind words. I’ve had a lot of help from two good friends in setting up our Blog. I couldn’t have done it without them. let me know if you have a site or Blog. Send me a link and I’ll check it out… Wow, I just found out that it’s you, Bob McCormick, who sent us this comment. Great to hear from you. By the way, I was always impressed by the fact that although you were essentially on the conservative side, you had real reservations about the death penalty. So, it would be great if you would “blog” with us.

  3. Hanna says:

    The blog looks great! I’m looking forward to reading the different articles. Woohooo!

    • Patrick H. Moore says:

      Great! I have some talented friends helping me with this. Please comments on all the Posts that intrigue you. And spread the word. Gotta make this whole thing work out!

  4. BJW Nashe says:

    Congratulations on the blog. It looks fantastic. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute. My therapist is having fits, however (just kidding; don’t have one). Can’t wait for your book, The Mental Health Club, to hit Amazon.

  5. Bondbabe says:

    Patrick, your vision for this blog is inspiring! I like the blend of fiction and true crime. My first blogging adventure is recent, although I’m an avid enthusiast of particular bloggers. With the start of the Amanda Knox appeal in Florence, it has become my primary focus although I’ll gradually expand into other cases. I look forward to regular visits to All Things Crime!

  6. Lori says:

    Hi Patrick,

    I did write a review for Darcia’s book. How do I send it to you?

    Lori

  7. April says:

    Hi Patrick. Thank you for this blog. I am only a laywoman but I have a great interest and compassion towards serial killers. Of all the serial killers, I feel very sad is John Wayne Gacy. His childhood was really scarred and he chose to shut that part of emotion to feel as a child and a lot of rage and angers were suppressed in him. I watched all his biography and also Jason Moss’ s work about Gacy. I personally feel most serial killers shared one thing in common that was been outcast and victimized while they were child mostly from someone close to them. It is sad they wanted to be heard a long time ago but it was too late by the time they committed those crimes. Yes. They killed many people but those killings were a form of symbolic way of ‘self imposing’ pains. It is sad but I also believe they are n were very highly intelligent people; most of them.They know people want to know their minds. So IMO the most accurate information is really through constant study of their body languages via their own interviews and the way of how they expressed and their tones of expressions. Thanks and Best Regards!

    • PatrickHMoore says:

      Thank you, April, for your sensitive and insightful comment and welcome to All Things Crime Blog! :-)

  8. Tabatha Perry says:

    Do you take true crime books for review?

    • PatrickHMoore says:

      I try to but lately I haven’t had time to read them and write reviews, which makes me feel guilty. What is the book about? THX…

  9. Paul Anthony says:

    Thanks for putting ‘Paul Anthony’ on your side bar – very kind of you. I write ‘British Crime Thrillers’ based on my career – but regularly host author interviews and promotions for crime writers all over the globe (and beyond? Please contact me on the email provided. I would love to do an interview with you and promote it on my blogspot. Thank you.

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