– for Kerrie´s alphabet in crime meme –
As it is not that easy to come up with something unique for this week´s post, I´ll rattle something off in the early morning rather than have my bright idea stolen once again. Margot, Bernadette and I have not quite forgiven you yet that you came first ;)
So X is for XL – or Extra-Large.
My first example is Kathy Reichs´ Déjà Dead which I reviewed the other day. A serial killer who commits six-seven murders (including the ones that took place before the story began) and about 500 pages.
Second, Val McDermid´s The Distant Echo. The cold case of Rosie Duff who was raped and stabbed before she was left to die in a cold cemetery. 561 pages.
Finally, Tana French´s The Likeness. About detective Cassie Maddox who tries to solve the murder of Lexie Madison, her double. 696 pages.
I tend to like long books because if the writer succeeds in drawing me into the world he or she created, I don´t want to leave again immediately. But even for me, there is some kind of limit, and now and then I think the editor might have suggested they go back home and cut away a hundred pages or so.
What do you think, are these modern doorstoppers so good that they should be three times as long as Agatha Christie´s stories, or are the writers just too lazy to edit and structure their work properly before they send it off to the publisher?