Police procedurals – judging on the evidence

December 8th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

The police procedural, the sub-genre of the crime novel that focuses on the police investigation of crime, has never been high on my agenda. However, on the evidence of Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s excellent Martin Beck books (discussed here), I was compelled to investigate. » Read the rest of this entry «

Standing mute before the master of dialogue, K.C. Constantine

June 28th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

Reading K.C. Constantine can make you wonder why you’d bother to write crime stories. Maybe musicians feel that way when they listen to Beethoven or Prince, artists when they look at Rembrandt or Kiefer.

Artists can inspire you to become creative yourself, or remove the incentive by being totally intimidating.

Joni Mitchell made this point obliquely » Read the rest of this entry «

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