Crime Watch Weekly Round-Up: In the News and on the 'Net
- British crime novelist David Hewson tells the Australian Herald-Sun he wants the literary world to stop treating crime writing as inferior, and that crime and thriller writing is in fact the oldest form of storytelling there is. "It is what Homer was telling before we even had writing. We’re the mainstream; it’s the literature stuff that’s the genre."
- Bestselling Irish mystery writer John Connolly talks to Brisbane's Courier-Mail about defying the crime-writing establishment's rules, and how "there is a very conservative element of crime writers that don't recognise what I do is crime fiction."
- Tom Nolan of the Wall Street Journal takes a look at how even in the modern world, good crime writing doesn't have to be confined to tales set in the mean streets and back alleys of gritty cities, and there is a place for 'bucolic noir'.
- Canada.com takes a look at how Nanaimo crime writer Chevy Stevens, whose first book, a thriller called STILL MISSING, is now in bookstores around North America (ed note: it's down this way too, I've recently received a review copy), is not a woman to do things by halves, and has bagged a three-book international contract.
- The Indianapolis Business Journal notes that Elmore Leonard will be coming to their town in December as part of Butler University's Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers series, an "under-appreciated treasure that brings to town top writers for free lectures."
- Steve Duin of The Oregonian reviews MWA Grandmaster and crime fiction legend James Lee Burke's latest Robicheaux novel, THE GLASS RAINBOW, finding it entertaining but less than subtle.
- Shabnam Minwalla of The Times of India takes a look at Tarquin Hall's THE CASE OF THE MAN WHO DIED LAUGHING, the latest novel to star Vish Puri, Delhi's 'Sherluck Holmes', and a book "packed with ‘Only in India’ moments and scenarios".