As for the state of the industry, well, it's interesting.
There are plenty of new cozy books coming out, as well as
lots of books with cats and dogs. Several writers besides Bob
Skinner are rumored to have been dropped by their publishers,
but I don't want to name names since I didn't talk to any of
them personally to confirm the rumors. Two of them are male
private-eye writers, however. The third is Ed McBain, whose
Matthew Hope series has been dropped by Warner Books. This
may have been by mutual agreement, since the last book I saw
in that series was called THE LAST BEST HOPE. Maybe the title
was a clue that McBain was done with the series.
Despite the drops, there was a lot of talk about the revival
of the male private-eye in fiction. Dick Lochte is working on
an article on that topic for PLAYBOY, so some of you guys
should be closely perusing each issue to make sure you don't
miss the article when it appears. I never read the articles
myself. I just look at the pictures.
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