Thursday, February 23, 2006

Who Wants To Buy A PI Novel?

Don't get the impression I'm asking you to buy mine, at least not till it's done. I'm just linking to a great post on the topic, over at the Weinman tropical bar, where spanking is as regular as excess consumption of muesli.

She writes:

Which is the bottom line. No hook, no money, and most people --especially women -- who are making their debuts as crime writers seem to want to find their hooks elsewhere, not within the PI subgenre.

Still, I'd say the PI novel isn't dead, just resting -- and there are up-and-comers interested in writing stories and even novels featuring that patented PI. But the subgenre is a hell of a lot deader than procedurals or "ordinary/extraordinary" thrillers or paranormal tales or chick lit mysteries or cozies.

What will this mean for Danny Hawaii, PI-in-training?

It means that as his author, I've been hired to find his hook. The hook.

Stay tuned.


Stephen Blackmoore said...

From the way you've just described it, I'd say you've got your hook. "PI in training". Lot of potential there.

Daniel Hatadi said...

Actually, I've been working on a back-cover blurb based around just that. I'm just not sure if it's 'hooky' enough.

Sandra Ruttan said...

You should email me. I can set you up with something that will blow your socks off.

And I, for one, am getting more and more into PI novels.