RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #499

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 02 Sep 2002

For the record, I loved Dorothy Uhlak, one of whose books was made into a hard-boiled Kojack MOW (movie of the week) some years back whose title escapes me now. A mother whose two little sons end up dead. Whew! I confess I think she quit some years back.

As for the Elizabeth George being a cozy, well, it was Mrs. Emma Peel -- Diana Rigg herself -- at the end of the George show who called it a cozy. I was just following orders. I guess there are police procedurals and there are police procedurals. I liked Havers, too; she seemed real to me, even if she has to work with "an aristocratic ponce" as she called her elitist sidekick.

I also suspect the publishers are now dumping cozies in favor of thrillers. The market was so saturated, it was time. We must recognize that each publishing house "needs" X amount of product per month. The company doesn't care what, mostly, for that X amount covers the nut. Superstars (like Grafton's Q is for Gardens, as Larry Block once joked) can cover as much as a quarter of the yearly profit. Like Hollywood, though, gross profits are important only once a year, while cash flow you can really live off. Cash flow demands those X amount of books or movies. Any sloppage or any slippage --- dump the sucker.

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