From: Duane Spurlock ( duane1spur@yahoo.com)
Date: 26 Feb 2004

I've been reading a novel by Tanguy Viel, THE ABSOLUTE PERFECTION OF CRIME, translated by Linda Coverdale and published in the U.S. by The New Press.

It's short -- I figgered up about 28,000 words -- but just the right length for the traditional roman noir, in my estimation.

Most of the French crime novels I stumble across seem to be similar lengths. What about contemporary U.S. crime novels in translation? Are they still popular with French readers? What is the French perception about the seemingly bloated length of U.S. novels these days?

- Duane Spurlock proprietor The Pulp Rack http://www.pulprack.com

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