Okay, so this is going to get a lot of play among the thriller community. As reported in UK trade publication, The Bookseller, three British thriller writers have formed The Curzon Group to “end the reign of the production-line American thriller writers” and return the focus to domestic British authors.
Here's a link to the story: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/83107-curzon-group-attacks-us-thrillers.html
And here's a link to their website: www.greatbritishthriller.com Note the jingoistic quote from Jeffrey Archer on the first page. Hmmm, Jeffrey Archer accusing others of churning out cookie cutter bestsellers....
They name-check James Patterson, John Grisham and Dan Brown as three of the main culprits when it comes to adhering to a rigid formula. By the way, if anyone actually has that secret formula, please email me.
I'll come clean and confess that I find the intellectual snobbery which surrounds the work of these writers, well, boring. As I do the snobbery towards the genre from 'literary' writers. Brown, Grisham and Patterson are consummate storytellers. Reaching a mass audience as they do is a rare ability. Archer has it too incidentally.
I'll also confess to the fact that while there are a number of British thriller writers I absolutely love, such as Simon Kernick, Zoe Sharp, and of course the Godfather himself, Lee Child, I read way more American writers than I do Brits.
Debate is healthy, this is a great bit of publicity for the three writers involved, but to suggest that there is some kind of cultural discrimination going on...gimme a freakin' break.
Sean Black's debut novel Lockdown is published on July 30th, 2009.