Message 1 - posted by adrianm, Jan 19, 2007
There's some discussion going on (mainly in the US, I believe) that the PI/gumshoe/detective novel has had its day. Oxford, of course, has an interest in this not being the case, like many other parts of the UK where crime novels and their sleuths are located or associated with specific towns.
As a crime novelist, I'm obviously keen to hear that the genre is alive and kicking and far from moribund! But it would be interesting to hear what people think. (Incidentally, I have to lump thrillers in with crime fiction, since some are impossible to separate, being... well, crime thrillers.)
As a matter of interest, there will be a discussion with a panel of four crime writers (Elizabeth Corley, Ann Granger, Michelle Spring and me - Adrian Magson) at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, at 6.30 on Wednesday, 7th February. So if you fancy having a listen - or a say - please come along. The tickets are FREE.