Re: RARA-AVIS: Someone who doesn't like Pelecanos

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 02 Jul 2004

The interviewer kind of loses his crime fiction street creds early on by saying he's never heard of Ugly Town.
    And overall, I agree with you, Bill. There seems to be a chummy sort of in-crowd tone, a writers' workshop obliviousness to any real world.


William Denton wrote:
> 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."

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