When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy.
Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it's a simple view. I've taken it as far as it can go. I think I've expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist.
I've been tremendously moved by a bunch of odd books. Ross McDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books.
I'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it, which is my general approach to life.
I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.
I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity.
I haven't been to a movie in a year and a half.
I don't know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don't know any criminals.
As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me, but the basic thrust of it didn't move me.
It was interesting to write directly about what things meant to me. A lot of the art of writing novels is in telling things by implication.
I am a writer. I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing career to play detective.
As critical acclaim and response has built up, every interview I give is a chance to puncture the myth I've created about my work and refine it.
Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.
My mother and I will continue on some level that I haven't determined yet. I think my mother's a great character, and I have to say that giving my mother to the world has to be the biggest thrill of my writing career.
I'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people.
I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
The truth of the matter is, you lose a parent to murder when you're 10 years old, and in fact at the time of the murder you hate your lost parent, my mother in my case.
I have a very intense marriage.
I am the most well-adjusted human being I know. I started out this investigation as a very happy man with a great career. I've got the life people dream about I am rich, I am famous, I've got a fabulous marriage to an absolutely, spell-bindingly brilliant woman.
Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.
I put on such a good show, the story is outrageous, and people don't want to hear that I'm basically a reasonable human being. As long as it continues to get me print, I'll continue to perform in an exuberant manner.
I love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime.
Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.
The 1950s to me is darkness, hidden history, perversion behind most doors waiting to creep out. The 1950s to most people is kitsch and Mickey Mouse watches and all this intolerable stuff...
I feel very calm and poised underneath it all, but no less passionate or committed to the work. I won't go soft on you, but I feel calm inside.