Add A.J. Liebling, raymond chandler, Hammett, Cain, and the boys, Nelson Algren and William Kennedy.
He self-consciously tries to ape the mannerisms of raymond chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
Thompson is a master of voice—there are take-offs of both raymond chandler and Arthur Conan Doyle—as well as imagined geography.
"maker or seller of candles," late 14c., attested as a surname from late 13c. (also, from early 14c. "candle-holder;" see chandelier), from Old French chandelier (n.2) "candle-maker, candle-seller; person in charge of lighting a household, monastery, etc.," from Latin candelarius, from candela "candle" (see candle). Native candleman is attested from mid-13c.