Revisiting genre giants Elmore Leonard and Henning Mankell

October 16th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

In the last two weeks, I revisited two of my favourite crime writers and learned a thing or two – not all of it positive.

Both of these authors have long reached the stage where their names dwarf the actual book titles on the covers. This, more than any printed claim, is the sure sign that an author is successful. So, kids, dreaming of publishing a book isn’t the ticket any more – » Read the rest of this entry «

Four reasons why books about serial killers leave me cold

June 19th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

I like crime stories and even write them on occasion, but I avoid reading books about serial killers and refuse to watch a minute of the TV series Dexter. Here’s why: » Read the rest of this entry «

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