Saturday, December 17, 2011
Are We In A New Golden Age Of Crime Fiction?
Tom Nolan writes about a possible new Golden Age of crime fiction in the Wall Street Journal.
The private-eye novel, for instance, the hardiest of American detective-story forms, had another fine season, thanks to exciting books by both veterans and newer writers. The lone investigator uncovering nasty truths and righting wrongs has proved as appealing as the cowboy hero; and he (or she) has survived longer than the cowpoke by adapting to change: in technology, in literary technique and in job description.
...The police-procedural is also a resilient U.S. form. No one wrote a better one in 2011 than Michael Connelly, with "The Drop," his latest chronicle featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch. (And no one wrote a better legal thriller this year than Mr. Connelly, whose "The Fifth Witness" extended his equally compelling series with lawyer Mickey Haller.)
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