It is a historical mystery. I intentionally set it in 1932 amid the factual turmoil in New York toward the end of Prohibition and the beginning of the Great Depression. Like I said, they say they like my writing but not my choice of era.
Thank you, I.J. My agent and I aren't giving up yet.
There seems to be quite a bit of fiction published that takes place in the 30s and 40s.
I'm currently reading one of the Bernie Gunther novels by Philip Kerr.
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I agree, Stephen. Thanks for the input and good luck.
One of my mentors, Robert Clark, wrote Mr. White's Confession, a thriller set in 1939 Minneapolis, MN. It has been described and "high brow" but suspenseful and gritty too. (See Amazon) I read it years ago and some of the images are still with me, in a good way. He's a great writer. I've read all of his work. This one was published by Picador. And I think it's going to be made into a movie. I'll be seeing him in about a week and will hopefully get the skinny then.
No place for period pieces? Calib Carr and Megan Abbott don't exist? Didn't Denis Lehane just come up with a best seller that's a period piece? And didn't Anne Perry get rich selling period pieces.
Maybe your agent needs to meet some new publishers.
I think you should put it out yourself as an ebook. None of us needs agents and publishers any longer.
Sorry for the rant, but the agent's answer seems way wrong.