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A Review

Recently, a review of The Black Owls appeared in the Myrtle Beach Sun-News, daily circulation 50,000.   It is, by and large, a good review for which I am properly grateful (everybody appreciates a good review), but it raises two issues that I think are worthy of discussion.  Both arise out of the conventions of genre fiction, in this case thrillers, a topic I’ve addressed in these pages before.  Although my new book, The Kingfishers (due out in a few weeks), is also a “thriller,” I’m a reluctant author of genre fiction due in large part to the very questions raised in this review.  As noted there, I “twist” the conventions and, as a consequence, neither book is a “true” thriller as the Sun-News reviewer indicates, though there’s lots of action and suspense in both. Continue reading