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I hate to make a snap judgment based on just a few...

2007-07-27T06:17:00.000+01:00

I hate to make a snap judgment based on just a few words, but, while the idea of bringing a crime-fiction sensibility to a "real" crime story is immensely attractive, and while I like some of the examples you cite, "feeling like a fictional detective" made me cringe. When the self-reference gets explicit, the author generally loses me. This example sounds to me like a "literary" writer's idea of slumming.

But shoot, maybe I'll read this in paperback. It's a dilemma! On the one hand, the idea that parazzi bear any share of guilt is preposterous, and I find it hard to believe that Diana's possible pregnancy or espousing the Palestinian cause would drive anyone to engineer a conspiracy to kill her. On the other, an author who tells the story in the voice of a tough-talking PI obviously has a lively sense of fun. Just drop the arch self-references!
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