From: Chris Routledge ( srcrout@ntlworld.com)
Date: 13 Jun 2001

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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