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Christopher Fowler
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Benoit Blanc, the New Orleans detective essayed by Daniel Craig in the surprise hit 'Knives Out', channels his inner Foghorn Leghorn and has a hoot in its sequel 'Glass Onion', which is yes, an old Beatles song and also, literally, a very big glass onion. If the template last time was 'The Old Dark House' via 'Cluedo', this one owes a fair amount to Stephen Sondheim and his meticulous whodunnit…
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Christopher Fowler
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I published a short review of this film a couple of months back, but now that it's on general release I've revisited it with some further thoughts. NO SPOILERS There's an in-built snobbery about the crime novel, a look of disdain from literary writers who disregard genre writing as having nothing to say. They should check out 'Knives Out', because here's another example of the murder mystery…
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Christopher Fowler
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There are certain constancies to British life, things which have been set in place all my life; the Queen, London, the Beatles and Bond being among them. Every generation is seeing changes of course but London has a fundamentally stable culture. The first 007 book was published when I was 5 years old, and I'm pretty sure that Bruce Forsyth was on television, just as he is today. We have a middle…
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Christopher Fowler
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With the spectre of 'Spectre' on the horizon, it's worth taking a look at the very peculiar world of James Bond in more detail. Bond is the idealised man for a generation of men who missed the war. It is hard to overestimate the effect 007 had on post-war readers and audiences. Here was the first English hero who didn't own a cardigan (until now - read on). He didn't need one because he was likely…
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Christopher Fowler
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Balancing character and plot is a trick I've only properly learned in recent times. For many years I hid my characterisation deficiencies beneath overly clever and carefully structured writing, but my Bryant & May mysteries forced me to reconsider my working methods. The reading journey must always remain true to the characters. The moment you have your leads acting because of plot demands…
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