happened this week that is rare, at least to me, in the world of genre fiction.
It’s like a whisper, like a brief breeze that’s gone before you can really
acknowledge it ruffled you hair.
moved to tears after reading a passage from a crime novel.
this doesn’t happen often because I can count on one hand the number of times
I’ve been so moved.
are so many wonderful writers out there, novels that I read and enjoy, pass
along to my friends, recommend in reviews and even on this blog. There are book
that I read and finish, forgetting the story and characters the moment the
covers meet. There are books I read that aren’t so great, whose authors needed
to have more… something.
every once in a great while, I find myself entranced, drawn into the story,
forgetting the realities of my life – there’s no chair, no living room, no cat,
no television, no music, no walls, no storms, no deadlines. Stories with that
much power are magical. These are the authors I buy again and again.
isn’t an easy job for a mystery writer. There are all the pesky realities that
must be inserted into a book – the forensics, for example. Get one little thing
wrong there and you yank a reader out of the story like you’ve smacked them on
the head. There’s the story, the plot, the pace, the verbiage. You mustn’t
mislead, waylay, or otherwise trick your reader, yet you must develop a story
so complex that they are fooled into believing it’s possible.
times when it’s exhausting reading other mystery and thriller writers. I
dissect, deconstruct, reword, realign, and otherwise tear apart the stories.
Just like I’m sure you all do.
I find one of these peaceful moments, where the words have transcended the
page, where I’ve become so involved in the story that I FEEL what’s happening,
man, you can bet I’m going to come back for more.
how I judge a book – not by its covers, but by the author’s ability to make me
a part of the story.
got me so fired up this week?
Eisler. It was a section of his 3rd Rain
novel, RAINSTORM that moved me so deeply I had to put the book down and
process. I won’t share the passage; you’ll have to get the book and see if
Eisler’s exceptional writing moves you too.
separate note, Killer Year launched this week with big news, a new website and
a completely redesigned blog. I encourage you to stop by and see what 2007 has
to offer. We are indebted to MJ Rose and the rest of the amazing International
Thriller Writers who have welcomed us into their folds, and overwhelmed at the
outpouring the mystery and thriller community has shown us. Thank you, from the
bottom of our killer hearts.
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