Sunday, November 18, 2007

Crime on the Rise

I've never been too fussed about whether or not genre fiction is under-rated.  After all, some would consider that not being nominated for the Man Booker prize is perhaps a badge of honour. 

Nevertheless, I'm encouraged to see the level of coverage given to crime fiction this weekend across those two UK sister newspapers, The Guardian and The Observer.  In yesterday's Guardian, we had an interview with James Lee Burke.  And today's Observer excels itself with a lengthy review of Burke's new Dave Robicheaux novel, an extended interview with one Ian Rankin, and a substantial news piece about the prospect of Kenneth Branagh playing C J Sansom's Matthew Shardlake in a forthcoming TV adaptation.  Maybe someone's beginning to notice what's going on out here.

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