There are two kinds of truth…


“There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is dependent of the other or more important than the other…The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.”

Chandler, Raymond. “Great Thought.” The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler and English Summer.  New York: Ecco, 1976. Print.

Chandler’s detective novels, like any good mystery writing, keep the readers guessing and constantly challenge readers’ skills of detection.  The detective novel in general requires that the reader store all information tentatively. The reader relies on anticipation and retrospection, trying to read the minds of characters, figure out motives, and scrutinize statements.  Although these processes seem highly specialized to the genre, some would argue that they underlie the reading of all literature. Detective fiction simply exaggerates the processes of interpretation, making it useful for developing critical models concerned with the mind.

Was Marlowe Really Murdered?

The Murder of Christopher Marlowe…

The Murder of Christopher Marlowe

Was Marlowe Really Murdered?


For the past 50 years or so, a theory has been put forth that Christopher Marlowe was not murdered at all. The proposition is that his killing was faked, and that Marlowe escaped from inevitable prosecution as a heretic by fleeing abroad. The main proponent of this theory, Calvin Hoffman, maintained in numerous writings that Christopher Marlowe was the author of the plays of Shakespeare. The outlines of his theory go something like this…

Was Marlowe Really Murdered?


Vintage Books launches Weekly Lizard, a new mobile-enabled website for fans of mystery, crime, suspense, and thriller fiction. 


New York, NY (June 22, 2011) – Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, the leader in quality paperback crime fiction publishing, today launches Weekly Lizard, a content-driven, mobile-enabled site featuring the latest-breaking news and features from the world of crime, thrillers, suspense, and mystery novels.  With Weekly Lizard, readers will have a definitive new source of information on what’s new and what’s hot written by leading authors, booksellers, journalists, bloggers, and other experts in the mystery and thriller genre.  The new site can be found at


Regularly updated features and news articles (daily, weekly, and monthly) on Weekly Lizard will include in-depth author profiles (In the Lineup); informative and insightful essays and profiles of great mystery characters (Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames), a selection of great quotations from classic and contemporary mystery and thriller novels (Wiseguy Quotes), and early excerpts from hotly anticipated forthcoming novels.  Beyond breaking news stories, the site will draw on Vintage Crime/Black Lizard’s rich backlist, and exciting lineup of contemporary authors for original essays, and historical documents that will serve as an authoritative archive to interest any mystery buff. 


Weekly Lizard will include information on Vintage Crime/Black Lizard’s classic crime writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Eric Ambler, Chester Himes, Ross Mcdonald, and Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö; as well as current bestsellers Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, James Ellroy, Jeff Lindsay, John Burdett, and Ruth Rendell.  Features articles will also be derived from books and news across the publishing industry.


Weekly Lizard will also be the go-to spot for the latest book-to-film news and features, as well as classic film noir.  Exclusive and original articles on upcoming releases will include major motion pictures such as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, and directed by David Fincher; George V. Higgins’ Cogan’s Trade starring Brad Pitt; Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters; and the upcoming remakes of Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man starringJohnny Depp, and Gregory Mcdonald’s Fletch


The site will also cover current popular crime television series such as Showtime’s’ “Dexter” series starring Michael C. Hall based on Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter character; PBS’s “Wallander” series starring Kenneth Branagh, and based on Henning Mankell’s best-selling novels; HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” series starring Kate Winslet and based on the classic novel by James M. Cain; and PBS’s Masterpiece/Mystery!’s upcoming “Zen” series starring Rufus Sewell and based on Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen detective novels.


Along with original content that crime fiction fans won’t find anywhere else, the site features a sleek design in keeping with the iconic noir look that distinguishes Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. Readers will have a chance to participate in the rich crime writing community by sharing content across multiple social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr) and by joining discussions related to the posts. Pulling from a large classic backlist, and the exciting new work being published every year, the Weekly Lizard is the new essential destination site for any mystery fan.


The new site:

And social media sites…






About Vintage Crime/Black Lizard: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard was formed in June 1990 with the acquisition of Black Lizard, a renowned publisher of classic crime fiction that was created by Donald S. Ellis and Barry Gifford. Before the acquisition, Vintage Books was already publishing the work of respected American authors such as Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Raymond Chandler under the Vintage Crime series. With Black Lizard came the literature of Jim Thompson, David Goodis, and other great noir writers of the post World War II era, allowing the formation of one of the preeminent crime publishers in the country. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard remains devoted to the best of classic crime, having added Eric Ambler, Chester Himes, and Ross Macdonald to the list. We are also proud to publish some of the most talented crime and mystery writers working today, including Henning Mankell, Lisa Unger, Stella Rimington, Carl Hiaasen, Michael Harvey, Ruth Rendell, April Smith and Andrew Vachss. 


About Vintage Books: Vintage Books was founded in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf as a trade paperback home to its authors.  Its publishing list includes a wide range, from the most influential works of world literature to cutting edge contemporary fiction and distinguished non-fiction.  As the continuous publisher of important writers including William Faulkner, Abraham Verghese, Sandra Cisneros, Vladimir Nabokov, Albert Camus, Ralph Ellison, A.S. Byatt, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, Orhan Pamuk, Dave Eggers, Robert Caro, Joseph Ellis, Haruki Murakami, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it is today’s foremost trade paperback  publisher.