I’ve long been a fan of crime fiction, as well as literary fiction, sci-fi, horror, biography, and all kinds of non-fiction, to name just a few of my reading interests.
So it was great fun to connect with several bestselling crime/mystery novelists — friends and former Tampa Tribune reporters Tim Dorsey and Ace Atkins plus Michael Connelly and Lisa Unger — and Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for a feature advancing last weekend’s big Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in St. Petersburg.
“Call it the chaos theory of crime fiction,” I wrote, in a piece published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “The genre, some say, is as much about order as it is about disorder — the murder and mayhem. In a world damaged by humans behaving badly, there’s something reassuring about seeing mysteries solved and evildoers brought to justice courtesy of mission-minded detectives.
Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Miss Marple, Travis McGee and Harry Bosch can’t save the world, but they could inspire confidence that good can triumph over evil.”
And a big shout-out to the CrimeReads site for linking to my story.
I had a blast at the conference, and will soon post about my experiences there.