At its best, crime writing offers unique insights into society, psychology and human behaviour. It can be both engaging and literate; compelling and well-written. It can be innovative and surprising, but what it can’t be, it seems, is feted in the same way as literary fiction. The most a crime writer can hope for is to be told, as Ian Rankin indeed was, that their novels “almost transcend their genre”. Faint praise indeed.
Stuart Evers, no Books Blog do Guardian.co.uk.
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