John Banville (Benjamin Black): Black-Eyed Blonde

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book.JPGIrish author John Banville has written a new novel under his crime-fiction pseudonym, Benjamin Black, and in the guise of Raymond Chandler. The book's title, The Black-Eyed Blonde (Henry Holt) comes from Chandler's notebooks. Banville heralds Chandler's innovations as a writer: his (crime) fiction is governed by style. Banville, too, favors metaphor, character, and dialogue over gun-slinging action. His black-eyed blonde is an aristocratic beauty, a chimera to the lonely, noble Marlowe.

Read an excerpt from The Black-Eyed Blonde.