Traditionally, when books are being discussed I am rather firm on, "I do not like romance, or fantasy, or mystery." I stay rather true to the first, but have noticed both the fantasy and mystery to a…

Traditionally, when books are being discussed I am rather firm on, "I do not like romance, or fantasy, or mystery." I stay rather true to the first, but have noticed both the fantasy and mystery to appear in my collections of reads and books, yet none of them are books that would be sorted into their respective genres as being overly typical for their genre (I am told otherwise, usually). When I think mystery I think 'bad guy, cop, love story, bad guy caught, the end' and I am probably not too much of a fan of that. Those are ... murder mysteries? I enjoy grittiness. I enjoy psychological play. I enjoy the academic world (I am a fan of say, Christopher Rice, who is or isn't a mystery writer). I enjoy edging along the boundaries of the genres, both in my reading and my writing. I am here, I suppose, because I have been told about this place, and because I have had a vague idea for a novel for a few years now that would fall into mystery, and yet - maybe it wouldn't. This does seem like an interesting place though, so I am here to be here for a while.

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Comment by Nick Purvis on March 11, 2007 at 1:04am
Let me throw in the comment of "*that* is what noir means in mystery terms". It certainly sounds like the kind of story I enjoy reading and writing, also. Since my girlfriend is a mystery author she made me let go of the "mystery = everything that exists in that genre is 'find the murderer'" notion, and I had to realize that I read a lot of mystery but would have never classified it as such myself.

I am sure I will find something I like on here. It looks like a good and interesting bunch of people.
Comment by J.D. Rhoades on March 11, 2007 at 12:42am
When I think mystery I think 'bad guy, cop, love story, bad guy caught, the end' and I am probably not too much of a fan of that.

Well, there's a good bit of that kind of stuff that I like, which also fulfills your requirements of grittiness and psychological play.

But not all mystery (or to use a more definitive term "crime fiction") is good guy/ bad guy/ good wins in the end. In noir, for example, it's sometimes hard and occasionally impossible to confidently call anyone the "good guy." In some books the criminals ARE the protagonists.

So stick around...hope you find something you like.

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