RARA-AVIS: Re: Welcome to Vicki Hendicks, guest of honour

From: Dave Zeltserman ( davezelt@comcast.net)
Date: 05 Apr 2005

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for the kind words on Fast Lane and Small Crimes. Fast Lane's kind of a funny book, people who I thought would hate it have liked it - I've even gotten a letter from a grandmother telling me how much she liked the book. On the other hand, I've had a few hardboiled PI readers complain about how violent it is. I don't believe any of the violence in the book is gratuitous, but go figure!

Small Crimes hasn't found a home yet. Only a few select readers, including you, Ken Bruen, and also some RARA-AVAVIANS have seen it
(along with my agent and some editors). So far 9 out of 10 readers have loved it and 10 out of 10 editors have worried whether the protagonist is "likeable" enough. One of Ken's comments was that there was noir without compromise. Well, recently I compromised. I just did a rewrite, softening the protagonist, making him more "likeable". Whether that gets it sold, we'll see.

-Dave Z.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, vhend1234@a... wrote:
> Dave,
> Speaking of making people squirm--your book Fast Lane has turned
up my sleaze
> alarm for all times! Not that men haven't always been capable of
> behavior, but your guys--and also in Small Crimes--are way worse
than all of my past
> boyfriends put together. Great fun to read about that stuff,
rather than live
> with it! I know Fast Lane is on the market, but is Small Crimes
out? I can
> boast that I read both of them before they were available to the
> V
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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