Tuesday 29 January 2013

Ellroy on Hammett

                 Detective work was a job. Writing was a job. The craft within both was The Manoeuvre. The workday Hammett stealth-walked through was one of laudanum-guzzling grifters and bent cops susceptible to night sweats and visions.
            The Manoeuvre was steeped in drudge work punctuated by brief bursts of action. Read files, tail, surveill. Write reports, proffer bribes, track down suspects and on occasion risk danger.
           Take The Manoeuvre, exalt it's language and turn it into popular fiction.

The Poet of Collision
James Ellroy
The Guardian
Sept 2007

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