On the trail of the next great crime novel: W.M. Akers about a small group of independent presses that putting out the kind of high-minded thriller that the giants of publishing seem to have no time for. He talked with Kent Carroll, publisher of Europa Editions, about the new line of crime fiction with authors like Jean-Claude Izzo and Gene Kerrigan. Read the portrait and interview at The New York Observer.
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