In 2010 there was a hiccup at Hard Case Crime, and its fans found themselves without a regular dose of the dark and lonely. Last week though, Hard Case Crime returned to the racks, with not one but two hard-boiled offerings from two Grandmasters of the form.
What is it about mystery novels? I've never hit, kicked, stabbed, or shot anyone. I want to weep when I hear news stories of real beatings or murders. Yet I can't fit enough killings into my waking hours.
If I thought that a reader might experience a scene better as a film than as a novel, then I wrote it in screenplay form; if I thought that a scene would read better as poetry than as narrative prose, then I wrote it as poetry.