A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, January 18, 2016
1/18/1985 The Coen brothers go Blood Simple
January 18, 1985. Two amazing cinematic careers started on this day when Joel and Ethan Coen's first movie - directed by Joel and written by both - was released.
A rich man hires a private eye to kill his wife and her lover, but this is Coen territory and nothing goes as planned. The movie has what might be the best last line of a crime flick since John Huston kicked Hammett out in favor of Shakespeare in The Maltese Falcon.