James Sallis

One of the most interesting and provocative of modern writers, James Sallisís four crime novels feature a black private eye called Lew Griffin, although Sallis is himself white. The novels are set in Louisiana and are moody and dark, with the emphasis on atmosphere and character rather than plot. There are deep hidden meanings in these books. And structures like nothing youíve read before.

For instance the Long-Legged Fly takes place in 1964, 1970, 1984 and 1990 which some readers may find confusing. But Sallis is a great writer and is there to make you think. Other Lew Griffn novels are Moth, Black Hornet, and Eye of the Cricket. Also highly recommended is his recent novel Death Will Have Your Eyes, an existential road novel featuring an ex-spy. Sallis does things differently.

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