RARA-AVIS: Subject: Re: Introduction

From: Karen Anderson ( Karenand@mac.com)
Date: 22 Aug 2004

> I think it is easier for a new writer to
> break in with a cozy that St. Martin's might pick up and publish in
> hardcover for libraries where a predominantly middle-aged female
> readership hangs out.

As a reviewer specializing in crime fiction, I read it all, from the cutest cozy to the most bitter noir. I often hand off books to friends and relatives, and, to my surprise, the authors frequent cited on the RAVA-AVIS list are the ones that my middle-aged (and elderly) women friends like best and continue to follow on their own. In all fairness to Tim, who started this thread,

> I recently wrote him that currently writers like Connelly, Child,
> Lehane, Rankin, Crais,
> and Pelacanos were hitting the best seller lists. He called me on the
> phbone (they never do that!) to explain that while some established
> writers in this sub-genre were selling well, publishers still were
> extremely resistant to publishing new hardboiled writers.

I've have to say that none of my female friends and colleagues share my enthusiasm for the early books by Pelecanos, whose writing I find to be the grittiest.


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