In an uncertain world there is one stark certainty.  Crime.  It is the reality we cannot escape, the salt of life that both fascinates and terrifies.  Here in America we have had criminals at the highest levels of our government and our corporations, not to mention the predatory criminals that ravage our mean urban streets.  Our police departments are inundated with crime and corruption and our more than 2 million prisoners, state, local and Federal, wile away their weary hours by augmenting and refining their criminal techniques.  This is the setting for  All Things Crime, spearheaded by Los Angeles Private Investigator and crime writer Patrick H. Moore (PHM).

In this blog, we will discuss True Crime, both as it exists in reality and as depicted in works such as Capote’s In Cold Blood  and Ed Sanders’ exhaustive Manson family saga, The Family, as well as the literature of Crime as it appears in illustrious works of fiction.  The literature of crime begins with European giants such as Francois Villon, Dostoevsky, Dickens, and Conrad, and crosses the Atlantic to manifest in the strange mind of Edgar Allen Poe.  Crime then seeps into the best work of some true American heavyweights – Faulkner, Algren and Flannery O’Connor come to mind.  Crime writing emerges as a full-fledged obsession (and marketable genre) with the great noir writers: Hammett, Chandler, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, James M. Cain and Chester Himes.  The genre then expands to include such diverse talents as Norman Mailer, Robert Stone, Walter Mosely, Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men), Truman Capote, Ed Sanders, the brilliant and problematical James Ellroy, and that eminent practitioner of gritty crime writing (and PHM’s personal inspiration), Dennis Lehane.  We now also have a whole slew of transgressive work from folks such as Jerry Stahl and Tony O’Neill.  The list is long and getting longer.

It’s illuminating to see how international writers have taken the best elements of American crime writing and adapted them to suit their own needs.  We enjoy stellar books from the likes of Jean-Patrick Manchette, Roberto Bolano, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo, to name just a handful.

The field is a rich landscape of endless possibility and in All Things Crime we will wrestle with this field.  Fellow crime aficianados, we invite your thoughts and ideas and with your permission, we look forward to posting your contributions in the form of short articles and reflections on this important and fascinating topic.


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  1. Bouncin Barb says:

    I have a question/suggestion for you Patrick. Perhaps you wrote about this before but since I’m fairly new here I thought I’d ask. Have you heard about the Long Island Serial Killer? Several bodies have been found in a desolate stretch of road over a fairly recent timeframe. Coming from New Jersey and Connecticut, I can’t believe how many people I know living nearby have never heard of this. Just curious if you have and if not it might be something worth looking into. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. Barb

    • PatrickHMoore says:

      I do have some questions, Barb. If you are a writer, perhaps you’d like to do a guest post on the story, which sounds utterly fascinating. Otherwise, please send me some links and I’ll try to research. My big issue is lack of time but this sounds like a compelling true crime story. THX very much.

      • Bouncin Barb says:

        I am a writer. My blog is at and I have written guest posts before but nothing like true crime. Since I’m always up for a challenge, I would like to write a guest post on the story on your blog. The only thing I would ask is that you talk my blog up like a madman if you like the story. I really am enjoying your blog. I wish I had a lot of time to catch up on back posts but I can barely keep up my blog, twitter and

        I will have to watch the videos I saw again and gather facts/notes to put the story together. It probably won’t be until after Christmas if that’s ok with you.

    • Robertstone says:

      New Release: Death of the Black Haired Girl by Robert Stone.
      Surely Robert Stone is one of the best writers of individual scenes in all of our literature – think of the scene in A Flag for Sunrise where Tabor shoots his dogs, or in Children of Light where members of a film crew mistake the phrase “Bosch’s Garden” for “Butch’s Garden”, which they speculate is an S&M joint in Los Angeles.

      • PatrickHMoore says:

        Robert Stone is (and has been for 40 years) one of my very favorites authors — crime or otherwise. Thanks for sending along this link to your Review which I have read with interest. In our post, 12 Remarkable Crime Novels, we spotlight “Dog Soldiers” as one of the best crime novels ever written.

        Thanks again for sending this along.

  2. […] who say they only read “literary fiction”. Many of the authors authors BJW Nashe mentioned here are my favorites. I see you get dozens of requests to write book reviews, which isn’t surprising […]

  3. Mark says:

    33 years in prison
    18 crooked lawyers
    1 bad judge
    And their all next.
    “Mr. Martorolli…. any dispute between me and you must be resolved with our Billing Department….”
    “I think I read somewhere that Sharks
    eat twenty-fours a day…..”
    “Yo Limo!”
    The glass partition disappears.
    “Pull the fuck over!”
    “I have to wait until we get off the bridge or I will hold up traffic….?”
    “Can you swim?”
    The car comes to a gradual stop slowing down one lane of traffic but one lane was open and two lanes from the other direction.
    “You remember back in the early eighties on one of my eighteen appeals, you charged me twenty-five thousand dollars for a one page Notice of Appeal that I could have filled myself! ‘They have the form in the law library!” But you didn’t mention that to me in all your legal wisdom….. My mother had to mortgage her home for that one page that all you did was fill in the case number and date….
    How the fuck do you sleep at night?”
    “Get out my car you slut!
    You been whoring the law since day one….!”
    “I’ll do anything Mr. Cowboy!
    Please don’t make me jump in there…
    There on the side of the car in the front, just a short hop over the rail, people are passing by looking for a flat tire or engine problems, instead they see the limo driver in the car on his cellphone animated, Cowboy climbs up on the front of the car and orders the hapless smuck on his knees where traffic is slowed to a crawl watching “Mr. Cowboy,” pissing all over the old lawyers head and thousand dollar suit. After he was done he crawls down and says,
    “I didn’t say I was going to make you jump in the water… ‘You see how you smucks are always twisting words around?”
    “I said I was going to ‘throw your ass in the water…. Just like you did to me, I’m going to feed you to the fucking sharks…! ‘You fuck!!”
    YOU KNOW HOW in the wrestling or the WWE where they grab a guy outside the ring and spin him around in a complete circle to disorientate them, and then throw them back in the ring? Cowboy grabbed his ass so fast he didn’t know which way he was going, grabbed him by the seat of his pant’s and spun him around in a complete circle before he and sailed his skinny ass fifteen or twenty feet off that low bridge and he landed like he got hit with Lesner’s F-5, all askew right in his side. It wasn’t pretty but oddly satisfying in a strange kind of way…
    While walking over to the driver who had got out in a lame attempt to save the old shyster, he passed him up and climbed in the drivers seat, slammed the door shut and you see the window come down just far enough to see wad of money come out, which the limo driver eagerly grabs before it speeds off leaving him standing there scratching his ass, wondering what fuck just happened?
    To be continued. 1:56 PM 4/3/2016 #VENGANZA COPYRIGHT 2016 by MARKANTHONYGIVEN
    All Rights Reserved 28 USC 1746 Public Law: Pub. L. 94-553 (Oct. 19, 1976)
    U.S. Statutes at Large: 90 Stat. 2541
    2:25 PM 4/4/2016 #MARKANTHONYGIVEN

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