Friday, July 31

Bookish: Trawling
at the Dark End (6#) -

Literary or Cheap Thrills? Sometime it seems, the most a crime writer can hope for is faint praise. Stuart Evers want to know why. I don't like the genre being referred to as Crime; I prefer Mystery. Be that as it may, he's stimulated quite a comment thread to discuss the matter at The Guardian Book Blog.

# Floaters: Fictional detective Jack Leightner operates in Brooklyn. There's a profile of the mystery series and its author, Gabriel Cohen, at NPR.

# Also there: Provincetown's fictional
detective, Frank Coffin, authored by Jon Loomis.

# If the Midwest is more your style, they have a writeup on author John Sanford whose fictional detective, Lucas Davenport, operates in the Twin Cities Minn area of the country.

# Jeffrey A Trachtenberg profiles emerging author Victor LaValle who writes edgy multi-cultural surrealistic potboilers. His latest is Big Machine.

# Catching up with: Earlier this month, Sarah Weinman wrote a good article about a female French Mystery author called Fred Vargas, which I've meant to point out.