Silence of the Critics

If crime fiction is the most deconstructed genre, then because it was also the most constructed. And in its way, it was always the most self-aware. We read any book in any genre to “find out what happens” after all. Crime fiction just went ahead and codified that. Any story in any genre is ultimately…

The Vultures

Deathbed conversions have always seemed to me like a Hail Mary Pass, proving nothing about religion and much about desperation. That’s a great line from a pretty great Roger Ebert blogpost about Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens is dying, you see – of cancer, so it’s painful and takes a long time. He may survive, but in…

Found Another One!

Sometimes I think we should nominate the False Dilemma for a special Facebook award – you know, for being the argumentative fallacy most frequently featured on Facebook. Not a week goes by that I don’t see it on proud display in some friend’s status update. This week’s is: “X thinks we can find better ways…

Schwedenkrimis

If you like crime fiction at all, you may have noticed that a lot of the best authors are currently from Sweden – and felt a little odd about that. But there it is – a lot of the best crime fiction writers are currently from Sweden. It’s so noticeable recently that the Germans have…

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (“Men Who Hate Women” in the original) is basically the perfect movie at this point in time. It’s socially conscious without being PC, it’s atmospheric but not artsy, it’s an intelligent thriller that’s neither ironic, nor overly reliant on plot twists. It’s a genre film that’s about more than…