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Jonathan Hayes knows whereof he whiffs

Murder most foul
Forensic scientists, bit players in crime fiction since the era of Sherlock Holmes, became bestseller material in the 1990s with Patricia Cornwell's cut-and-slice procedurals featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.  
By: JUSTINE ELIAS  |  April 19, 2011


Plain talk

Jesse Sheidlower gives the f-word its due
Jesse Sheidlower, an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary , an expert in slang, and the author of The F-Word , can't stop talking about fuck.
By: JUSTINE ELIAS  |  September 15, 2009


Hard times

Life and debt in Dickens's Little Dorrit
When last year the BBC interrupted its broadcast of Little Dorrit — which hinges on the downfall of a Bernie Madoff–like figure — for a tawdry true-crime documentary, thousands of viewers complained: don't leave us hanging!
By: JUSTINE ELIAS  |  March 24, 2009


Belle de nuit

Secret Diary of a Call Girl on Showtime
Belle is, as she introduces herself right up front, “a whore.” Or, if you please, “prostitute, call girl, escort, hooker, courtesan.”
By: JUSTINE ELIAS  |  June 16, 2008


OSS 17: Le Caire nid d'espions/OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

A hot, tight, seductive, vaguely bisexual James Bond
Imagine a blithe, covertly bisexual James Bond swanning around pre-Suez Cairo in a send-up directed by the early Zucker brothers.
By: JUSTINE ELIAS  |  May 14, 2008
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