»This is odd, because black comedy is something we do very well, from The Ladykillers to Kill List. Now, though, very few crime writers dare to stray from the narrow path set by publishers in the wake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Stieg Larsson’s books are proof that you can get away with anything if you say it with a straight face. They’re enjoyable reads, but patently ridiculous. The Killing was excellent television, but its success has only exacerbated the problem for authors.«
This will keep you up: Thriller writing was once a British strength, but publishers are reducing it to a formulaic genre. Time, maybe, for murder most foul, Christopher Fowler says. Read his essay Bought off: how crime fiction lost the plot at The Independent.