On another discussion board
, in respons to Tom Piccirili's
question abour morally ambiguous protagonists, Ray Banks
I bloody love morally ambiguous protags, and wish they were the norm for "crime fiction", seeing as questions of morality (on whatever scale) should well be the genre's chief remit.
Last week I was on a couple of panels and a few (quote a few) of the other writers said that the greatest strength of mystery novels was that murderers were caught, justice was served and order was restored. the reader could feel a little better about the world in the end.
Ray's point about the genre's, "chief remit" being questions of morality, got me to thinking, does the genre spend too much time on the answers and not enough on the questions?
Most really good books, from whatever genre, more often than not leave the reader unsettled and not feeling much better about the world.
Or do they?