The Los Angeles Times Names Hard-Boiled Sentimentality as a 2008 Crime Fiction Favorite

In her Los Angeles Times round-up of the best of 2008, Sarah Weinman makes a special mention of Leonard Cassuto’s Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories. Weinman writes:

“Pick up Leonard Cassuto’s “Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Fiction”, a work of criticism that traces the lineage of hard-boiled writing back to Victorian-era sentimental novels— finding common ground between tough men who are lambs underneath and cozy women with knitting-needle nerves of steel.”

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