Salinger is so famous for his tell-tale writing style, we figured we would just call it what it is. Observe all of these typical Salinger trademarks:
- Italicized words for emphasis give the dialogue a natural phonetic feel.
- Incomplete sentences reflect the way people really talk.
- Physical movements are described in poignant, conscientious detail.
- The narrator is removed from the action but intimately aware of what's important.
In short, you should be able to recognize this as trademark-Salinger even in a dark alley on a windless night.