Happy Fourth of July Weekend, Crime Authors

To me, the Fourth is about individuals coming together to assert their rights against a tyrannical government. At least, that's what is was like in the 18th century. Whether that tradition continues today is debatable. It seems lost in the smell of char-grilled meat, bastardizations of Frisbee golf and cheesy, uber-patriotic radio tunes.

But I don't think it's lost with those passionate about writing. The Fourth has special meaning for crime authors in the U.S. We're (mostly) free to write about anything we want. Gruesome violence? You got it. Vulgar criminal acts? For sure. Inflammatory rhetoric about government? You betcha.

Nothing says freedom like a good book. Write hard. Die free.


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Comment by J. F. Juzwik on July 4, 2009 at 1:29pm
Well said. Have a super and safe 4th, Ben.
Comment by I. J. Parker on July 4, 2009 at 8:25am
Thanks, Ben. Same to you!

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