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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort The Twenty-Year Death

»I wanted to tell a story on a plantation that held the past and the present at the same time and kind of ask the question of, in the face of tremendous progress, what do we do with this history?«

Attica Locke

»I thought, well, instead of having the detective be the same from book to book, which is how most mystery series work, what would happen if one of the other characters was the same from book to book? «

Ariel S. Winter

»I’m actually fine with people categorizing my works in any genre they please. «

Fuminori Nakamura

»I don’t really read crime fiction.«

Chris Pavone

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.

»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.«

Marilyn Stasio

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.«

The Dirty Lowdown

Blogcritic The Dirty Lowdown with a review about The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter. Read more at seattlepi.com or at blogcritics.org.

»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

Edward Champion talked at the Bat Segundo Show with writer Ariel S. Winter, author of the recently published 3-in-1-novel The Twenty-Year Death. Listen to the interview at Reluctant Habits.

»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.«

Baynard Woods

A portrait by Baynard Woods about Ariel S. Winter, his hometown Balitmore and his novel The Twenty-Year Death at City Paper.

»I remember writing my first short story in fifth grade, and I took an elective creative-writing course as early as ninth grade, but it was probably 11th grade that I knew that writing was what I wanted to do above anything else.«

More Interview: J. Kingston Pierce in conversation with Ariel S. Winter about his novel The Twenty-Year Death. They talked at kirkusreviews.com and at The Rap Sheet.

»Not many crime-fictionists precede their debuts in the genre by releasing a work of fiction for preschoolers. But that’s exactly what Ariel S. Winter did.«

J. Kingston Pierce in conversation with Ariel S. Winter about his novel The Twenty-Year Death. Read the interview at kirkusreviews.com.