Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

i wish i could high five this dead guy

BD: Some people don’t take crime fiction seriously. They see even your best books as mere entertainments.

RBP: Writing is either good or it isn’t. It’s not good because it’s about 20th century angst. It’s not bad because it’s about a private detective. If it’s good, it should be taken seriously. There is a misapprehension that it’s easier to write a bad novel than a good one. It isn’t. You write what you can, and if it comes out good you are lucky.

I have never read a Robert Parker book, but now I want to read all of them.

How do you write a great hardboiled novel?