No, the subject has nothing to do with Donna Summer or "song noir", but
is a reference to crime stories on BBC Radio 7 that may be of interest
to list members.
Currently, a short series entitled "This is Pulp Fiction" is available
online, consisting of five fifteen-minute stories:
* Jack Ritchie, Divide and Conquer: Tommy's casino chain is doing
nicely until some new blood muscles in.
* Gil Brewer, Getaway: Vincenti is high. Vincenti is about to make
the biggest hit of his career.
* Paul Cain, Black: A gang war's raging, but a man called Black is
there to get things sorted.
* Jim Thompson, Forever After: Ardis Clinton thinks she has a
foolproof plan to kill her husband.
* William F. Nolan, A Real Nice Guy: Jimmie is a psycho-sniper
stalking Los Angeles for another target.
The various stories can be accessed here:
Additionally, a 90-minute version of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep is
also available. Here's the blurb from the site:
It is seventy years since the publication of Raymond Chandler's
novel that defined the hard boiled school of crime writing and
introduced the iconic detective, Philip Marlowe. This year the
Harrogate Crime Festival launched its very own *Big Read *whereby
lovers of crime fiction were encouraged to read The Big Sleep all at
the same time. For those of you who haven't read this classic crime
novel here is your chance to listen to a great dramatisation
starring Ed Bishop (pictured) as Philip Marlowe. Set in Los Angeles
in 1939, Marlowe is hired by ailing General Sternwood who
desperately needs his help. So begins a trail through a murky world
of crime involving blackmail, shootings, murders and sleaze. The
cast also features Robert Beatty, Diana Olsson, Harry Towb and Paul
Maxwell. First broadcast in 1977, it was dramatised for radio by
Bill Morrison and directed by John Tydeman.
The Big Sleep is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007k360
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