Has Otho Eskin created a new genre that we might call Washington Noir? Jon Land asks Eskin this very question as he compares The Reflecting Pool to the crime novels of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett via BookTrib’s Facebook Live.

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Eskin likes the sound of Washington Noir and explains how his aim was to explore the lesser-known side of Washington — the side separate from the monuments and the bureaucrats and the politics. Land praises Eskin for taking ownership of our nation’s capital like no author in this genre has done before him, noting that the city itself becomes a character. Land draws attention to Eskin’s captivating dialogue, his use of various dialects to distinguish characters, which Eskin no doubt brought to the page from his vast experience working on the stage as a playwright.

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