In response to this.
Newton Thornberg. Cutter and Bone.
Do yourself a favor, get down to Murder One on Charing Cross Road, buy it. You'll get a trace of who I am, where I'm coming from.
See all that Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie stuff on your shelf, all those wanna-be Booker Prize contenders gathering dust, all that earnest shit:
Get real, buddy.
You wanna know how the world works, get Andrew Vachss.
Not intellectual enough?
Get James Sallis, he'll fry your cells. Or for downright metaphysical, Paul Auster.
Crime writing, bro, it's the new rock 'n' roll.
--Ken Bruen, Calibre (2006)