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Born Thursday 4 March 1948

Occupation: Writer

Nationality: American

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As critical acclaim and response has built up, every interview I give is a chance to puncture the myth I've created about my work and refine it.

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Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.

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I'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people.

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I haven't been to a movie in a year and a half.

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I've been tremendously moved by a bunch of odd books. Ross McDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books.

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I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.

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Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.

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When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy.

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As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me, but the basic thrust of it didn't move me.

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I put on such a good show, the story is outrageous, and people don't want to hear that I'm basically a reasonable human being. As long as it continues to get me print, I'll continue to perform in an exuberant manner.

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I have a very intense marriage.

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I'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it, which is my general approach to life.

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Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it's a simple view. I've taken it as far as it can go. I think I've expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist.

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I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity.

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My mother and I will continue on some level that I haven't determined yet. I think my mother's a great character, and I have to say that giving my mother to the world has to be the biggest thrill of my writing career.

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I was a WASP kid going to a high school that was 99 percent Jewish and I wanted attention and I wanted to make a spectacle of myself because I couldn't stand to be ignored.

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Every one of my books is written from the viewpoint of cops, with the exception of my book Killer on the Road, which is written from the viewpoint of a serial killer.

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I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I would rather err on the side of too much authority than too little.

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I don't know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don't know any criminals.

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Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.

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