RARA-AVIS: Re: Akashic Noir

From: Kevin Burton Smith (kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 06 Nov 2010

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    Robert Randisi wrote:

    > The problem with the Akashic collections, and the reason I don't like them, is that the publisher specifically tells the editors they don't want mystery writers. They asked someone here in St. Louis to do one, and for that reason he rejected the offer.

    I know I had a beef with the authors selected for TORONTO NOIR a few years ago, but every Akashic collection is different (and has different editors), and some collections do better than others in representing the crime and mystery field.

    It only takes a quick glance at several books in the series to realize that there's a wide array of crime authors -- including many PWA members whom Mr. Randisi presumably knows personally -- whose work has appeared in the Akashic Noir series. So someone's bullshitting someone.

    Whatever Mr. Randisi may think of their work, Michael Connelly, Ken Bruen, Reed Coleman, Gary Phillips, Denise Hamilton, Lawrence Block, Laura Lippman, Brendan DuBois, Dave Corbett, George Pelecanos, Peter Robinson, Jim Fusilli, Dennis Lehane, Eddie Muller, Scott Phillips and Robert Ferrigno are all pretty well known crime and mystery writers whose work has appeared in the Akashic series. And those are just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are plenty more.

    Kevin Burton Smith Editor/Founder The Thrilling Detective Web Site
    "In a private detective overcoat and dirty dead man's shoes..."

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