Thursday, August 23, 2007

They noticed!!!

A BBC News article on crime fiction (its conclusion: crime fiction is still popular) includes the following, apropos of Matt Beynon Rees, author of The Collaborator of Bethlehem:

"Rees hopes to tap into the new interest in exotic crime fiction ... "

The canny connoisseurs of criminous exotica who read this blog have known about this new interest for some time, of course. (Hat tip to Sarah Weinman.)

N.B. Rees and his novel have been given new names in the UK. There, the novel is The Bethlehem Murders, the author Matt Rees.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruth Rendell invented the standalone psychological thriller in 1986???? Ridiculous. What about Dostoevsky? Simemon? Highsmith?

August 24, 2007  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I questioned that statement, too. I haven't read that many psychological thrillers, but 1986 seemed awfully recent. Even discounting Dostoevsky as a remote antecedent and accounting for my not having read Simenon's non-Maigret's books, I'd like to see how the writer sets Rendell apart from Highsmith. Rendell/Vine may be intense where Highsmith was cool and distanced, but still ...

It's best to avoid flat declarations such as the BBC writer's in any case except when discussing, say, Edison and the incandescent light bulb.

August 24, 2007  

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