RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Moratorium on serial murderer mysteries?

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 18 Aug 2010

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    Were I to compile a list of three serial-killer novels that epitomize the best this niche genre has to offer, I'd include THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris, and BY REASON OF INSANITY by Shane Stevens. There are other good ones, to be sure (and I'm probably unaware of a number of them since I swore off serial killer novels some time back) and certainly many more bad ones, but these exemplary three approach the theme from different perspectives and illustrate the fact that serial killer novels don't have to be a tired retread of one another...a fact too often ignored by the glut of titles that substitute prurient thrills for substantive literary worth.

    Ron C.

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: [] On
    > Behalf Of David Corbett

    > Excuse me if I'm repeating myself, can't remember if I've brought this up
    before, or
    > if so how recently, but THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles is a great serial
    > book.

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