This discussion of Ellroy vs Joyce has been great. It's the
kind of thing that keeps me subscribed to this list. But
let's get this in proportion. As literate crime fiction
readers we may feel insulted when some reviewer implies we're
stupid (or should that be stoopid?). Yet it's just some
reviewer for a middle-brow internet journal. Since when did
middle-brow journals have a clue about crime fiction? Like
university courses in crime fiction they tend only to deal
with those crime writers they can compare
(favourably, but not too favourably) with "great" writers outside the genre. It's the way they make their living: "I understand great art; so of course I can do trash as well. In fact, it makes me look cool". No clue at all.
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