Hate and Love Mystery and Romance

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

—Raymond Chandler

When I was in junior high, I consumed Agatha Christie novels. I went on to the Nero Wolfe detective novel series and later discovered Walter Moseley. I love crime fiction and binge on it occasionally, consuming three or four books by a favorite mystery writer. I say binge because that is what it feels like when you find a good crime writer. It's like finding a good éclair—you go back to the same bakery because you know what you are going to get. Mysteries are pleasurable reading because they are not really about mystery. Despite the gruesome crimes and misdeeds a crime novel might portray, it is comforting to read, especially if you are familiar with the writer. If you read a few of Walter Moseley's Easy Rawlins mysteries, you will become familiar with the way Moseley constructs a mystery.

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