Great Moments in Crime Fiction History
1494: The Exchequer Rolls document the first recorded sale of Scotch.
1839: Amid a laudanum-induced rampage through Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe utters the nonse phrases “Dupineriffic” and “I smell genre.”
1864: A boarding school chum drops trow and moons Wilkie Collins with a perfectly English, alabaster bum.
1883: A highly attractive female client enters the Pinkerton offices in Wichita, Kansas. The detective on charge makes a note of it.
1919: H.L. Mencken, desperate for a Halloween outfit, settles for a black mask at Woolworth’s.
1922: An automobile ride through the Cotswolds awakes in Agatha Christie a latent desire to murder county folk, school marms and exotic visitors elaborately. She does so again and again, entire hamlets, fortunately only on the page.
1935: Raymond Chandler takes a really, really good look at Los Angeles.
1973: A buddy tells Robert B. Parker that the novel is great. “But,” he says, “it feels like it needs a black guy.”
1984: After years of turning them down, Thomas Harris tries fava beans.
2002: Stieg Larsson witnesses a painful tattoo removal.