publication date: Thursday, October 6, 2011 (part of Fall 2011)

category: Literature

clue: He started writing so late that it's strange to remember him for his extended farewell.

explanation: Chandler, who started his writing career in mid-life, wrote The Long Goodbye and other important mysteries. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates

Goo Noir: Hard-boiled detective fiction inspired some of Hollywood's darkest films in the 1940s and 50s. These writers and stars epitomized the genre that dwelled in the shadows of the human soul.

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