Monday, February 04, 2008

Compendium of Mystery News 080204

A compendium of recently published mystery news articles:

Oline H. Cogdill talks to Lee Child in her column on Sun-Sentinel.com.

• The New York Times Sunday Book Review calls the annual Edgar Award nominee list "an essential, against-the-grain reading guide." There's also a brief paragraph on whether or not winning an Edgar affects a writer's career.

• Also in The New York Times is an entertaining article on what makes great literature. The assumption, they write, is "that genre fiction — mysteries, thrillers, romances, horror stories — is a form of literary slumming. These kinds of books are easier to read, we tend to think, and so they must be easier to write, and to the degree that they’re entertaining, they can’t possibly be serious." (This article may require free registration to read, but definitely worthwhile!)

The winner of truTV's Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest is being announced tonight on truTV (formerly Court TV). Gather.com, which is co-hosting the contest, provides an overview of the 5 finalists including a synopsis of their books. The winner of last year's contest, The Anatomists by Hal McDonald (and originally titled A Simple Case of Revenge), is being published later this month by HarperTorch.

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