»I think, if you want to capture the African zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, you can do that best through crime stories.«
Indeed a “must read” interview: Ainehi Edoro in conversation with writer and editor Helon Habila. He just started his work as the editor of the Cordite Books crime imprint. He also makes some of the most illuminating and provocative observations about contemporary African fiction. You will find the interview with Mr. Habila (Oil on Water) at Brittle Paper.
»Peace is a great writer, but it seems like he deserves a critical drubbing for Red or Dead. You never know, maybe he’ll receive a phone call from a fellow writer from across the pond who’ll tell him, »Don’t worry pal, I’ve been there.««
In his fine blog The Venetian Vase Steve Powell writes about the resemblance and the difference of James Ellroy and David Peace and why it seems that history repeats itself.
Top 50 classic crime novels – what would make your list? Penguin have reissued 50 classic crime novels as a new Green Popular Penguins series in Australia. What do you make of their list – and what would you add to yours?
Andrew Nette at The Australia Culture Blog at The Guardian.
»If Ms Rowling had chosen as her pseudonym Robert Svensson and set the book in Stockholm she would have sold thousands of copies instead of hundreds.«
Adrian McKinty: What the failure of J.K. Rowling‘s crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling says about the state of crime fiction. A worth reading blogpost at the psychopathology of everyday life.
»Let It Burn is a tense, well-constructed, and sometimes poignant tale that will make newcomers to Hamilton’s series want to go back and read the previous entries.«
J. Kingston Pierce
Pierce’s Picks: J. Kingston Pierce about Let It Burn, the latest novel by Steve Hamilton. His review at The Rap Sheet.
»In the modern atmosphere the Humdrums have become the designated scapegoats for the Golden Age’s perceived sin of having overemphasized the puzzle element in mysteries. Even Christie, despite her still great sales and popularity, has been mocked as merely a maker of puzzles. I get into all this in the Masters of the ‘Humdrum’ Mystery introduction, which is called ‘Mere Puzzles’.«
Blogspot: Rich Westwood in conversation with Curtis Evans about his book Masters of the ‘Humdrum’ Mystery . Read more at the fine blog Past Offences.
»In any case, I try not to exaggerate when I use some historical or zoological knowledge in a book. It must remain a detective story, not become a historical one with lessons and everything boring.«
Peter Rozovsky in conversation with Fred Vargas: In the first part of his interview they talked about Algeria, about the overlap between her careers as author and scientist and a lot more. Read more at the fine blog Detectives Beyond Borders.
»Ultimately, like Walden, I have reservations about crime writers using novels to preach their political views, even if they are distinguished as le Carré.«
A worth reading blogspot by Steve Powell: Should Crime Novels Be More Political? Read more at Steve’s blog The Venetian Vase.