News & Views » Columns

Wise guys

comment

Novels are usually the first thing that pop into your head when you think of mysteries. Have you ever seen a bookstore without a mystery section? There are thousands of mysteries to choose from, but the common marketing strategy seems to be that women buy books by female authors while men purchase the male-penned ones. Yet, while people of both genders dig mysteries, we assume that most detectives are male. This assumption comes from the movies. For proof, just look at Otto Penzler’s recent book, 101 Greatest Films of Mystery & Suspense (Simon and Schuster, $14). Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe, Steve McQueen as Bullitt, Jack Nicholson as Jake Gittes in Chinatown — I dare you to find a strong female who fits the classic archetype of the hard-boiled crime solver. In addition to plot summaries, this guide offers useful classifications of each film, such as Crime, Detective, Noir, Suspense, etc. Also included is the best line of dialogue from each film — for when you need a good comeback.

Playin' a hunch
Follow that car
Tough looks
Nothin' like a dame

What grabs your attention? E-mail letters@metrotimes.com

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.