Reading Raymond Chandler and other mysteries
With his tenth book, “A Man Named Doll,” Jonathan Ames has gone all noir with the story of Happy Doll, an ex-cop who protects the young women at a Thai spa from over eager clients. That, of course, does not turn out to be so simple, and soon someone has a bullet in his gut. Ames’s previous novel, “You Were Never Really Here,” was adapted into a film starring Joaquin Phoenix. But what's he been reading?