Journalists are no longer able to properly investigate organised crime in modern Italy — leaving it to crime fiction writers to pick up the slack, says the acclaimed Italian novelist, Massimo Carlotto. Here he chooses five noir novels that explore the reality of Italian corruption in highly original ways.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels starring his fictional sleuth. So where to start? Michael Dirda – Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, writer and lifelong Sherlockian – gives us his personal choice of the best, and tells us more about their creator.
An Empire of Their Own – How the Jews Invented Hollywood
by Neal Gabler
The Last Tycoon aka The Love of the Last Tycoon
by F Scott Fitzgerald
What Makes Sammy Run?
by Budd Schulberg
The Genius of the System
by Thomas Schatz
Final Cut – Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven’s Gate
by Steven Bach
‘Smart people went to the ballet and opera, and what the poor and lower middle classes did with their time didn’t matter. But these men in Hollywood had a vision and were creating this product that was loved by everybody of all different backgrounds.’