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In anger, article, convention, crime, crime, detective, Erskine, evil, helpless, Jane, Newton, P.M., police, power, sisters, Sullivan, women, writers on October 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

“Dont you call me helpless,” she said. “You don’t know what power is until you’ve held someones life in your hands.”

Sisters in Crime is a convention of women crime writers and the article by Jane Sullivan gives a neat summary of the original decision to write crime stories by a few of the women present.

For instance,”Y. A. (Yvette) Erskine began writing out of anger; her previous job as a police detective had turned her from a naive young girl into “an absolute monster” with no empathy. P. M. (Pam) Newton spent 13 years in the Sydney police and got sick of meeting people for the first time on the worst day of their lives: “By the end I felt the job was sucking my soul.”

At the convention, the authors talked about the nature of “evil” (a word that I’m even uncomfortable typing) and whether it is recognisable at first glance.

Those of you who has had  a nose around the blog, already know my answer to that questions. To all the others, well, you’re just a few clicks away to find out.

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via SheKilda | Sisters In Crime.


In Andrew, book, Cain, crime, David, Deborah, detective, E., Ellroy, James, Jim, Klevan, Moggach, Peace, Thompson, thriller, true, true crime on October 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

“I think that the crime genre is the perfect tool to understand why crimes take place, and thus tell us about the society we live in and the country we live in and who we are.”

I can only agree with Peace. The way to go is to draw inspiration from true crime because nothing is more interesting, inspirational, compelling, “unbelievable”.

Think about it. James E. Cain, Jim Thompson, Deborah Moggach, Andrew Klevan James Ellroy. To me every book by the above authors makes up for a hundred books on any detective/thriller story. They just don’t grab me the way a true story does. The reason?

I can’t say a hundred per cent, but I think it is because nothing is scarier than real life.

via Writers should focus on true crime, says David Peace | Books |