»In conclusion, while crime fiction may be an important subject for postmodern literary analysis, the claim that it fills the gap left by the “political novel” of the 1980s and early 1990s by providing social, historical and political insight into contemporary South Africa appears unfounded.«
Freelance journalist and writer Anneke Rautenbach with an essay about crime fiction in South Africa. Her worth reading article you will find at litnet.
»Crime fiction has transformed itself in the past twenty years or so and discerning readers have noticed that. Readers who know their stuff know that there is some terrific writing in this genre, books that shine a light on the society we live in, stories that make us confront the less appealing side of human behaviour.«
Scottish crime writer, Val McDermid, recently visited South Africa. Naomi Meyer asked her about her new book (The Vanishing Point) and South African crime fiction. Read the interview at litnet.co.za.