Re: RARA-AVIS: Lynds Cover Blurb

From: Dennis Lynds (
Date: 14 May 2005


I thought of it as a step sideways into novels of ethics rather than metaphysics. And possibly a step down in that it was done to make money.
(One of the peculiar things about authors is that they don't always know why they chose any particular path. They may think they do, and then realize later that it was far more complex than that.)

Now I know that the detective or crime novel is in actuality the perfect form for the social novel, and that was why I chose it. You might even say it chose me. And what happened over the years was that my "literary" work began to creep into my genre work more and more. At the same time, that detective voice started to invade my mainstream work.

I guess we wre what we are and sooner or later that is going to come out.

I got, and still get, grief from everyone. No one in the business wants to offend or confuse potential readers by having strong views, or any views at all. The only folks I have nearly always done well with are critics and reviewers.


----- Original Message ----- From: <> To: <> Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2005 5:28 PM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Lynds Cover Blurb

> Dennis,
> Several times you've alluded to your starting out as a serious novelist
> (don't think those were the words you used, but you get the idea) and
> how that later affected your crime writing. However, I'm curious about
> how you made the transition from literary to genre work. At the time,
> did you see it as a step down, or simply sideways? Has your perspective
> on the difference, if any, changed?
> Speaking of that serious novelist's social consciousness that starting
> creeping into your genre work, that's one of the things I've always
> liked so much in your crime novels. And unlike Travis McGee's rants,
> say, the critique is skillfully woven into the texture of the books,
> never becoming a sermon. I found it especially impressive when I moved
> from Dan Fortune to Paul Shaw, how the critique remained, although
> viewed from the two detectives' very different social positions.
> Anyway, I was wondering if you ever got/get grief for that social
> consciousness? If so, from whom, publishers, editors, readers?
> Mark
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