Long-timereaders will know that one of the reasons I started this blog was to compensate for the lack of coverage that genre fiction gets in the mainstream media in the UK.
But I have no complaints this weekend as there's some great stuff kocking around.
The pick of the bunch is a cracking read in the Guardian in which James Ellroy examines the motives and psychology behind Dashiell Hammett's fiction, eventually reaching the conclusion that, "Hammett was the great poet of the great American collision - personal honour and corruption, opportunity and fatality." What I can't quite work out is whether this is THE James Ellroy, although my guess is that it is, given that author's own close association with the California crime scene. If anyone knows for sure, I'd be interested to hear.
Next up, over at The Times, is Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy, reminding aspirant writers that, "your story needs a plot as much as your body needs a skeleton."
On the same page (In the paper rather than online, obviously) is an appreciation of the "three-act dramas" of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes.