June 14th, 2018 7:00 PM
12 sessions
The Marxist Education Project
Crime and the Capitalist Way
Deals Made in The Shade, Packing Heat
The Anti-Bourgeois Readers Group

Deals Made In The Shade By Those Packing Heat

Read and discuss six novels that won’t gather dust with The Anti-Bourgeois Summer Readers Group

Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett
Drawn upon his experience as a Pinkerton strike breaker in the 1920 Anaconda miners strike, Hammett creates the character Continental Op, a detective hired by a copper boss to clear the town of the gangsters the boss originally hired to break a miners’ strike. The Continental Op knows the gangsters and he knows the cops and he knows how to set them against each other—all set in the town of Poisonville.

Farewell My Lovely (1940) ) by Raymond Chandler
Moose Malloy just got out of prison and he’s looking for Velma, his old flame. The big man drags Philip Marlowe into searching for Velma. By the end of the night, Marlowe witnesses Malloy kill a man. The cops aren’t concerned to find Malloy because the dead man is black. Marlowe decides to keep looking for Velma. The search draws him into Hollywood: blackmailers, drug peddling psychics, crooked cops and city government, where the cops learned to be crooks.

The Kill Off (1957) ) by Jim Thompson
Set in a resort town which did not enjoy any kind of post-war boom. Not only is the town not getting enough summer visitors, the richest lady in town is a mean gossip and everyone has a reason to kill her. When she’s found dead, the question is, which of the self-deceiving, vicious, and broke residents killed her? Jim Thompson, honored  as a “dimestore Dostoevsky” excels in writing the interior monologues of isolated and frustrated small town individuals.

The Mad and The Bad (1972) ) by Patrick Manchette
This, like all good descendents of pulps, is a quick, violent story with an ending that is not a comfortable happy solution. Manchette, a veteran of the events of France during May of 1968, returned the French detective story to corruption and violence. In The Mad and The Bad, thugs and a contract killer attempt to kill Julie, a troubled young woman, and her charge, an unpleasant orphan.

Ripley’s Game (1974) ) by Patricia Highsmith
Ripley’s Game continues the successful career of the murderer and art forger Thomas Ripley who decides to amuse himself by manipulating a man who slighted him into committing murder. Ripley uses gossip and the unsavory characters who move art forgeries to break a sick man anxious for his family’s well-being after his death.

The Shadow of A Shadow (2006) ) by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Four friends gather to play dominoes in 1922. The Mexican Revolution has been betrayed and the four are trying to get by: the poet by writing patent medicine ad copy; the union organizer by silences and strikes; the lawyer by representing prostitutes; and the crime reporter by churning out copy. Left to their own devices, the group would have waited out Carranza’s presidency, but they witness a series of strangely related murders and begin to suspect a conspiracy involving the oil-rich lands of the Gulf Coast, greedy army officers, and American industrialists. Taibo sets the four out to investigate with a great sense of humor, despite the grisly realities.

THE ANTI-BOURGEOIS SUMMER READERS GROUP is open to all. This is a second consecutive summer exploring noir and crime fiction. We spend two weeks on each book.

Sliding Scale: $95 / $110 / $125
no one turned away for inability to pay

The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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