Oliver Gettell reports about the L.A. Times Festival of Books and a discussion with four crime fiction authors. Attica Locke (The Cutting Season), Ariel S. Winter (The Twenty-Year Death), Fuminori Nakamura (The Thief) and Chris Pavone (The Expats) on pushing the boundaries of the crime genre. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.
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Herrschaften, Herrschaften! Jahresendzeitgedöns: Der Krimi-Rückblick 2012 des Krimibloggers. In den Hauptrollen: William Lindsay Gresham, Christine Lehmann und Ariel S. Winter. Hier geht’s zu den Attraktionen!
»But there’s something seductive, even a little sinister, about Winter’s grand conceptual design of recurring faces and interlocking themes — like some glittering spider web that catches the eye of an admiring fly.«
The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter, a three-in-one novel, is a homage to Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson. What Marilyn Stasio has to say about this book, you can read at nytimes.com.
»What Winter has accomplished with The Twenty-Year Deathh will have not just the crime fiction world, but the literary world talking for years to come.«
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»Minor reservations aside, The Twenty-Year Death is a rewarding work that transcends its high concept origins.«
»Then as I worked on that book more and I had started to feel like it wasn’t working, I wanted to hold onto them in a prison, which is the Simenon book in The Twenty-Year Death. So as I started to think about expanding and what I might want to do, that’s when I came up with the idea of what would a mystery series look like if it wasn’t the detective that we saw from book to book. Like one of the secondary characters.«
Ariel S. Winter
»Baltimore is rife with crime—not only the real thing, but the genre. James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett both spent formative years here, and of course, there’s the current husband-and-wife juggernaut of the genre, David Simon and Laura Lippman. Now, 32-year-old Winter has produced a new classic with his massive three-novels-in-one The Twenty-Year Death, which came out earlier this month.«