Monday, February 17, 2014

Crime Writers Have Finger On The Pulse

Phil Miller at the Scottish newspaper the Herald offers a piece on crime writers and modern society.

Leading Scottish writer Val McDermid has said crime novels were popular in Scotland because crime ­writers could keep a "finger on the pulse" of modern society.
McDermid, a bestselling author of crime books, said reading genre fiction was an outlet for the stress of modern life.

The writer, from ­Kirkcaldy, known for her novels featuring Dr Tony Hill, spoke after it was revealed the top 20 most read books from libraries in ­Scotland all belong to the crime or thriller genre.

She said: "Because most crime writers produce a book a year, we've always got our finger on the pulse of contemporary society.

"And now more than ever Scots are fascinated with what's going on in their world."

The writer added: "We feel really murderous a lot of the time and reading about it diverts us from doing it."

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of Val McDermid's The Retribution via the below link: 

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