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  • : Now You See Me...

    Now You See Me...
    A Molly Blume Mystery
    "One of this year's best mystery novels...an intriguing, engrossing, and even enchanting tale magnificently and beautifully told" - Bookreporter
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    "A gripping tale of deceit, revenge and murder" - Jerusalem Post

    "A well-crafted mystery that is also a powerful exploration of the tragedy of unintended consequences. Krich excels at creating suspense through her characters' struggles and mistakes...a page-turner." -- Library Journal

    "Krich puts a sure finger on the painful spots where ordinary kids' problems turn into murderous melodrama—all at a bargain price." - Kirkus Review

  • : Dream House

    Dream House
    Agatha Award Nominee
    "Tantalizing...engaging" - Booklist

  • : Blues in the Night

    Blues in the Night
    Agatha Award Nominee
    "A sleuth worth her salt" - NY Times Book Review
    "A fresh new presence...Smart, resourceful, and curious--not much escapes her." Sue Grafton

  • : GRAVE ENDINGS

    GRAVE ENDINGS
    Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award
    L.A.Times Bestseller
    "Krich once again expertly mixes Orthodox Jewish faith with crisp, whodunit plotting....An engaging thriller...Krich never misses a beat" (Publishers Weekly)
    Winner of the Calavera Award

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August 03, 2005

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Z

I love CSI, Law and Order (any of them) - Night Stalker, whatever. I have always been intrigured by this stuff. I have to agree though that the "shock" factor and violence factor has increased. I wonder why we need to SEE it happened. Seeing the aftermath is certainly more than enough for me. It's like modern horror films (which I hate) vs. classic ones such as "The Ring" which had a few moments of gruesomeness but overall was more about the "scare" factor than the "ick" factor.

Rochelle

I agree with you, Mirty. But I do think that Law & Order has upped the gory quotient to compete with CSI--especially in the opening shots of the victim.

Mirty

I don't watch CSI - too violent for me. But I am a Law & Order addict. (I think I mostly watch reruns at this point.) In Law & Order, it's the intellectual and psychological mystery that grabs me. I think these TV producers are completely wrong if they think gory and sadistic violence appeals to women. Uh uh.

Rochelle

I agree with you, David. Which is why I wrote that I'm disturbed by gratuitous violence against women OR men. And definitely against children. When my first suspense novel, Where's Mommy Now?, was being published, one of the reps told me that they had minimized the graphic of a teddy bear on the cover--they didn't want readers to get the wrong impression, that a child was in jeopardy.

Esther, I love SVU. One of the most throught-provoking episodes dealt with a student who had accused her teacher of raping her. When the episode ended, the viewer still didn't know who was telling the truth. I dealt with the topic of date rape in my legal thriller, SPEAK NO EVIL.

David J. Montgomery

One thing that I find interesting whenever this topic comes up, whether the subject is TV, books or movies, is why "Violence Against Women" is a hot button issue, but "Violence Against Men" isn't. It would seem that, if fictional depictions of violence are bad, than they would be bad regardless of whether the victim is male or female.

Either way, I think context is everything. Within the scope of a serious, non-exploitive piece of entertainment, violence can be done in such a way that isn't offensive. (Or perhaps I should say, in a way that I don't find offensive.) But it can also very easily be done in such a way that is offensive, if the subject is used for reasons that are basically prurient.

My own personal bugaboo is violence against children, which will cause me to stop reading an otherwise good book because I find it so distasteful. (This is especially true of someone like Andrew Vachss, who uses such violence as lurid entertainment in his books, all while professing to condemn it.)

Esther

I've always preferred the comedies to the dramas. ER became too real for me, but I've become addicted to Law & Order, especially SVU, which often puts women and children in terrible situations, but which I think is more psychologically complex than the original. I deal better with dramas that contain supernatural elements, like Lost and the X-Files, where I'm not likely to confuse television plots with real life.

ClooJew

Perhaps, lulei demistafina, people are more comfortable watching these images in the context of cops who will catch the bad guy/slove the mystery.

But I agree, the titilation is disturbing.

Carissa

I agree that television's level of violence has increased to epic levels. I find myself watching PBS, Discovery, and the Hallmark channel and skipping the networks altogether. Or just skipping television altogether to read or play Sudoku (I'm hooked--thank you for the link).

I find the rise even more disturbing now that I watch shows and news through the filter of having a toddler.

I miss the days of clever sitcoms. Reality shows seem to have replaced them, haven't they? Sad, really, that the talentpool on TV is reduced to these pigeonholes of gruesomeness and negativity.

On a different note, I'm heartily enjoying your blog. Thanks!

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