Boston Globe, January 8, 2012

Crime and the Great Recession

As the economy goes so go the villains. That’s what Barbara Ross, co-editor of the newly published “Dead Calm: Best New England Crime Stories’’ (Level Best), has noticed. The editors of the annual anthology have issued a call for crime and mystery stories by New England writers every year since 2003. In 2010, revenge stories focused on laid-off or fired workers. In 2011 there was an onslaught of stories centered on banks and insurance companies that received government bailouts. Ross adds, “Of course, good, old-fashioned revenge – against abusive, controlling, cheating or just plain annoying spouses, problematic in-laws, treacherous friends, etc., are evergreen and appear in both editions (and all the previous ones).’’

Jan Gardner
Word on the Street
Boston Sunday Globe, January 8, 2012

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