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June 29, 2007


Michael Berry

One thing I've noticed is how much more attention has to be paid to the minutia of "security." Characters no longer hop on planes willy-nilly, create new identities with an old obituary or easily stock up on explosives. All those details have to be explicitly addressed now. It's especially noticeable in Richard Stark's most recent Parker novels.

patti abbott

It maybe be that it is more prevalent and noticeable in literary fiction. I think there the writers now feel obligated to see the world more darkly post 9/11. Crime fiction has always seen the world that way and rightly so.

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