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Feb 22 2018 4:00pm

5 Crime Fiction Titles with a Strong Sense of Place

Crime fiction writers tend to consider plot and character to be the most important elements. Setting is a minor consideration, something a writer should take care of only if they have time. Beginning a novel with setting is considered an amateurish move that could turn off readers looking for action.

While this take has an element of truth to it—a static setting with disconnected descriptions of buildings or the weather may bring the pace to a crawl and dump extraneous information on the reader—for my money, sense of place can propel the story forward and make it more meaningful. When strongly connected to character and plot, setting makes a book stand apart.   

Unfortunately for crime fiction fans, bookstore shelves are packed with “thrillers” that take place in “New York,” also known as “any city in America.” But outside the confines of standard commercial fiction, it’s easy to find books using setting to their advantage. Here are five titles to check out—and note that three of them are from independent publishers and one is self-published.  

[Check out the five great examples below!]

Apr 15 2016 2:30pm

Q&A with Chris Rhatigan, Author of Squeeze

Prolific short story author Chris Rhatigan keeps a busy schedule not only with his writing, but also with his co-publishing role for All Due Respect (specializing in “lowlife literature” since 2010) and teaching history in India. I had the pleasure of publishing Chris’s collection Wake Up, Time to Die that Heath Lowrance (The Axeman of Storyville) said was “steeped in irony and dark humor.” His novel Squeeze will be released April 15. I begin by asking him about his big relocation.

[Read the Q&A with Chris Rhatigan]