Wednesday, June 21, 2006

News: Time Magazine Names 5 Mystery Writers Worth Investigating

Time Magazine has named five mystery authors that you may have missed and that they believe are worth seeking out this summer.

Jess Walter, Citizen Vince (Vince Camden). "In his third novel, which won this year's Edgar Allan Poe prize for Best Mystery, Walter has created what may be the most charming small-time hood since Elmore Leonard's Stick."

Peter Blauner, Slipping into Darkness (Francis X. Loughlin). "Blauner, winner of the 1992 Edgar for Best First Novel, has written a taut psychological thriller with a pair of conflicted but compelling antagonists and a surprise ending you'll never see coming."

Peter Spiegelman, Death's Little Helpers (John March). "Spiegelman worked in financial services and software for more than 20 years before taking up fiction. He knows how thin the air is in New York City's office towers and what breathing too much of it does to your soul."

Jeffrey Ford, The Girl in the Glass (Non-series). "Ford, who teaches literature at a New Jersey community college, studied Mexican repatriation and the eugenics movement to research this Depression-era period piece."

Bill Fitzhugh, Highway 61 Resurfaced (Rick Shannon). "Fitzhugh's dialogue is as cool as a pitcher of iced tea, and his characters are just over the top, like a Carl Hiaasen cast plucked from the Everglades and planted, as Dylan would put it, out on Highway 61."

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  1. It amazes me that your list does not include one woman author!

    The mystery genre has always been well-represented by female authors from Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, and Patricia Wentworth to the slew of excellent contemporary writers including P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters, Laura Wilson and Jacqueline Winspear. To publish a list of writers who excel in this area and not include a single female author shows appalling taste and limited knowledge of the genre!

  2. I certainly don't disagree with you, but I also think that Time Magazine, was simply selecting five mystery authors that they felt may be overlooked. The fact that all are male is, most probably, quite coincidental.


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