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C. Constantine is the creator of Mario Balzic, chief of police in the fictional Pennsylvania town of Rocksburg. Beginning with The Rocksburg Railroad Murders in 1972, he has written nearly twenty gritty novels which chronicle Balzic’s life in a onceproud industrial town that is suffering from the effects of industrial decline. Men have lost their jobs and their self-respect. Old values and beliefs are under threat. Constantine uses the conventions and motifs of crime fiction to write novels in which these changes are brilliantly explored.
He moved to Los Angeles aged eighteen and became a scriptwriter, but little else is known of his early life, making his exotic account of travelling the world as a bosun’s mate, Dadaist painter and professional gambler impossible to verify. In 1932, as Paul Cain, he submitted a story to the famous crime magazine, Black Mask and, after writing a further four stories, put these together to produce his only novel, the extraordinary Fast One. Praised by » Raymond Chandler as ‘some kind of high point in the ultra hardboiled manner’, Fast One is an absolute classic, with its frenzied action depicted in staccato prose.
Mysterious Hindus, exotic visitors to the Yorkshire countryside, are glimpsed in the neighbourhood; servants fall under suspicion as Cuff pursues his investigation into the theft; Franklin Blake falls under the dangerous spell of opium; and a pious hypocrite named Godfrey Ablewhite plots and schemes in the background. Eventually the truth emerges and the Moonstone returns to its rightful owners. Wilkie Collins was a close friend of Dickens and master of what became known as ‘sensation fiction’, a school of Victorian fiction which came to the fore in the 1860s and which often took murder, mystery and crime as its subjects.
100 Must-Read Crime Novels by Paul Roseby