RARA-AVIS: Someone who doesn't like Pelecanos

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 02 Jul 2004

>From an interview with Trevor Maviano, at


| But these are all guys that at least know their way around. Someone like
| Pelecanos, I call him the shoe salesman of crime fiction. His rhythms
| are wrong. He tries awful hard to be gritty. That's how it comes off to
| a guy like me, is tryin.... I find his stuff to be incredibly contrived,
| in that it is trying to expand the genre into new areas, but I don't
| [want] to hear preaching about racial division in the United States
| mixed in with my crime fiction. I just want crime. If I want to read
| something political, I'll read non-fiction for Christ's sake.

I think that's pretty much wrong on all counts. Maviano later contradicts himself, saying, "My view of crime is different than some people's. I feed off a social conflict model, that I think Marx inspired quite a bit. I see crime for profit as being a political thing."


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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