I'm a travel writer with the first draft of a crime book written, and I'm now working on the next draft, expanding the book in various ways. I had some near misses with publishers and agents on the first draft. The Crime Editor at one publisher (Serpent's Tail, who publish Walter Mosley and George Pelecanos in the UK!) said he would have taken it on if they hadn't just bought a crime novel that covered similar territory. So the next draft will make it to print, I'm hoping.
After finishing the first draft I also wrote the first 1000 words or so of my next crime novel. I entered it for a competition in the Daily Telegraph, and it made it to the long list of the best 50 openings out of over 3,000 entries, but didn't make the short list of 6. That was encouraging too, especially as my crime story was up against all genres of fiction, and the final 6 were mostly literary fiction.
Walter Mosley, George C. Pelecanos, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler... I see a trend developing here. They're all American. And they can all write to knock your socks off. Where are the British equivalents? Am I alone in thinking that our 'best' crime writers, like PD James, Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters and Ian Rankin – none of them can write good prose or create convincing three-dimensional characters?
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