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»Ian Rankin: You once said crime fiction was «a lower stratum of literary achievement». I know quite a few present-day crime writers who would contest that.
Arthur Conan Doyle: Hardly my concern, sir. But the lure of money and the heartbreak of my readers conspired to revive Holmes, much as your whisky is reviving my memories of Edinburgh’s low drinking dens.«
An extract from Dead Interviews: With the help of a Ouija board, Ian Rankin summons the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle to discuss Sherlock, Rebus, and the best way to kill off a character. Read more at The Telegraph.
»So many people say to me, why don’t you write books faster? And I’ve tried to, just to see if I could. But working that way doesn’t come naturally to me. I would be miserable cranking out a book every three or four years. And if I’m not having fun writing it, people aren’t going to have fun reading it. I don’t want it to be just some little amusement-park ride. I mean, what’s the point of doing that?«
An enigma: Mick Brown in conversation with writer Donna Tartt about her latest novel The Goldfinch. Read the portrait at The Telegraph.
»The «hard-boiled» genre of detective fiction – tough realism with a vernacular dialogue; a focus on the less noble side of humanity – was defined for all time when Dashiell Hammett wrote The Maltese Falcon, a multi-layered tale of greed and deceit.«
Dashiell Hammett‘s drama was a ground-breaking work of detective fiction which paved the way for film noir, says Will Hodgkinson. His essay you will find at The Telegraph.
TV | What made Hercule Poirot perfect: Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective was a brilliant creation, brought to life by David Suchet’s sublime acting. Laura Thompson reports at The Telegraph.
»A lot of people think of The Shining as one of the most scary books that they’ve read in their lives. (…) And I’ll say ‘well yes, you were 14 years old, you were away at summer camp and you were reading with a flashlight under the covers. Of course I scared you, you were easy!«
Stephen King says that he wrote Doctor Sleep, the sequel to his horror classic The Shining, because the character of the psychic boy Danny ‘never really left my mind’. Martin Chilton with a short portrait at The Telegraph.
»Palahniuk is not the first of the shock-and-awe writers. The idea of mounting a full-scale assault on the human disgust centres worked brilliantly for writers such as Ballard and Guyotat, whose horrid masterpieces have an unearthly power. But fame has wrecked Palahniuk. Where the early work crackled with evil humour, his later novels shuffle weakly between leitmotifs of unpleasantness.«
Sequel to Damned: Tim Martin is appalled by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s descent into Hell. His review on Mr. Palahniuk’s latest novel Doomed at The Telegraph.
- The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
- The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
- The Stain on the Snow by Georges Simenon
The first three books of the top ten crime novels, selected by Jake Kerridge. The complete liste and Mr. Kerridges view on the history of crime novels at The Telegraph.
»In a fiction of almost 800 pages the narrative arc has to be sustained. Its first half is essentially a Bildungsroman along the lines of Great Expectations, with similar gothic multilayering, eccentric guardians and unrequited love.«
Donna Tartt‘s much anticipated third novel The Goldfinch is a richly wrought entertainment that explores grief, loss and art. Catherine Taylor reviews the novel at The Telegraph.
»Most surprising, perhaps, is the growing sense of implausibility as the stupid decisions of clever people turn the piece into an increasingly histrionic melodrama. Not even the best efforts of Beattie and a fine supporting cast can save this criminally misjudged experiment from itself.«
It features fine performances, but Ian Rankin‘s debut play Dark Road is a criminally misjudged experiment, says Mark Brown. His review of the play at The Telegraph.
»Yet both McDermid and Russell, with their wildly differing approaches to their work, manage to crank out successful, powerful crime novels, which attract huge international followings and great critical acclaim, and have been adapted for television. There is a lesson here for aspiring writers, which is: if someone tells you there’s a right way to write, don’t listen to them.«
Craig Russell and Val McDermid are both Scottish crime writers who grew up in Fife. But there the similiarities end, finds Tom Chivers in Segovia. His report at The Telegraph.