Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Fresh Blood

Fresh Blood
edited by Mike Ripley and Maxim Jakubowski

The first in a series of books documenting the new wave of crime writers who sprung up in England in the last decade, Fresh Blood showcases something that's just damn hard to find in the States: well written crime fiction. Not mysteries, not detective fiction, not true crime, but gritty tales of criminals living the criminal life. Mark Timlin's "Nowhere to Run" is a blast of a short story, and editor Jakubowski's "Blood and Guts, Goodge Street" is creepy if overwritten. Overall, it just goes to show the dearth of this genre in the United States, where short crime fiction pretty much doesn't exist.

Discussion Question: Why doesn't crime fiction have as much of a nitche in this country?

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