Crime's golden age

Crime's golden age

“Why do some authors write literary fiction? Because they can’t plot.” This joke by Lee Child was recently related at the Romantic Novelists’ Association awards by Child’s fellow crime writer Peter James.

It was meant as a gentle dig in the ribs about the snobbish attitude of the industry towards genre writers, but it does have a serious undercurrent. Editors and publishing houses may fawn over their cherished literary lists, but it is the genre authors who bring home the bacon; no genre more so than crime. According to Nielsen BookScan, printed sales of crime and thriller books have g...

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