RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Mystery -- the health and welfare of ...

J. Alec West (alecwest@pacifier.com)
Thu, 16 Jul 1998 12:18:51 -0700 (PDT) As Associate Editor for Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine, I've had the
pleasure of interviewing several authors of mystery in all its forms. In
doing so, I can't help but notice a pro-cozy-bias in the publishing world.
However, in the not too distant future, I'll be interviewing a hardboiled
novelist (who shall remain nameless, except to the Rara-Avis listowner
with whom I'm communicated privately). He made a promising start over the
last decade, dropped out of sight for health reasons, and now plans a
"comeback" novel sometime during the next year. I think interviews like
this are important ... especially considering the pro-cozy-bias ... to
demonstrate that there is still a future for hardboiled mystery.

In this light, I'd like recommendations from people on the list ... names
of more recent hardboiled novelists who you think will be the hardboiled
movers/shakers of tomorrow. I want to maintain a list of these novelists
from which to draw potential interview candidates. The first rule of
success is "showing up" ... and if I can help put a few hardboiled
novelists in the limelight, all the better.

J. Alec West

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