I need your feedback about this essay. I wrote it for an upcoming Maynard Soloman collection, 6 Funny Detective Stories - Maynard Soloman Solves the World's Problems. It talks about the philosophy of the detective stories.


I plan on including this essay as part of a bonus feature for the collection. Tell me what you think. Too complicated? Not complicated enough? Stupid? Not stupid enough?


Click here to read the essay.

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Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on May 29, 2012 at 11:48am

Many thanks for the insights, Dana. It does need cleaning up, but I wanted to get feedback beforehand to know I was hitting an actual point.

Comment by Dana King on May 29, 2012 at 10:08am

HL Mencken once said for every complex problem, there is a simple solution. And that solution is wrong. I'll not speak for the rest of the world, but the United States is living proof Mencken was (and remains) right.

As for comments on your essay, I like ti, and it gets to the heart of what drives the Maynard Soloman stories (which I enjoy greatly) very well. Maybe a little re-organizing and some judicious trimming, but the point is made, and deserves to be so, not just for political reasons, but to give those who may be new to Maynard a better understanding.

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