Let’s talk about crime fiction: William Ryan (his new novel The Twelfth Department will be published in May 2013) in conversation with Declan Burke (latest novel The Big O out as an e-book). Read the fourth instalment of a interesting series of conversations at Shotsmag.
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»Exploring difficult themes within the framework of historical fiction certainly gives me some distance. I based a scene in The Devil’s Ribbon on a shell attack in Kabul where I saw three people decapitated and where I was only maybe a metre or two from where an RPG landed. I transferred that image and those feelings of shock and despair into Hatton’s mind and world.«
D. E. Meredith
»Rules are almost always an individual’s personal preference at a particular moment in time. I don’t mind if Elmore Leonard chooses to carry every piece of dialogue with “said”, because it works for his style of writing – but he’s wrong when he says it’s an invisible word.«
»Something that strikes me in these books — particularly Dark Places and Gone Girl – is how singling out and digging into a person’s life, whether or not they are guilty of murder, tends to raise suspicions about that person.«
»Ms. Flynn is masterful at writing plots — her books move at a delicious pace.«
Janet Potter and Edan Lepucki found Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to be a fun, engrossing, and thought-provoking novel. So they decided to read Flynn’s two previous novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places, and discuss all three books via email. Read their conversation at themillions.com.