Saturday, October 11, 2003

News, reviews, etc.  

Lots of cranky people at the Guardian's Book review today. Joan Smith is disappointed with Ruth Rendell's latest book, THE ROTTWEILER. Carrie O'Grady isn't thrilled by Michael Collins' new book LOST SOULS (which got a much more positive review in yesterday's Independent.) There are some fair criticisms, and the book does sometimes skate the thin line between melodrama and good drama, but Collins, the Booker-shortlisted author of THE KEEPERS OF TRUTH, has really been able to do what many authors simply cannot do--write a literary novel that keeps to the constraint of crime fiction while breaking those constraints at the same time. For that, and for his sheer strength of prose, he's fast becoming a favorite of mine.

More Guardian stuff: an in-depth look at THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, Natasha Walter pokes some holes in Germaine Greer's new attempt to shock, and Chris Petit is back to panning thrillers as he is wont to do.

And from the Globe and Mail, it's Margaret Cannon's crime column, including raves for James Lee Burke, Carol O'Connell, and Karin Slaughter.

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