This morning I find myself pondering ambiguity in crime fiction. (Before you start rolling your eyes and thinking I need to get out more....)
Looking back recently at some books I've really loved, that have stayed with me, there are two main threads running through them: a sense of ambiguity, sometimes in the resolution, but also in the reaction that the characters generate in me as a reader. And social commentary - I'm always looking for books that say something about the circumstances in which they exist.
In terms of ambiguity, books that come to mind are Andrew Taylor's A Stain on the Silence, Asa Larsson's Sun Storm, Karin Fossum's Don't Look Back, many many many of Henning Mankell's books, Shame by Karin Alvtegen, to some extent Peter Temple's The Broken Shore, (there are lots more).
Ultimately I've come to the conclusion that a bit of realistic angst, some social observation / commentary and a touch of ambiguity and I'm there, but I'm wondering if I'm over here in my corner in a minority :)
But my question is, how does an ambiguous response or resolution sit with you?
Do you need to like everybody / somebody in a book?
Do you need that final, all wrapped up neatly, resolution?
And more importantly, anybody got any recommendations?