British suspense writers are mounting an organized challenge against the factory-farmed thrillers of American corporations like James Patterson, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy. They even strive for some sort of “literary value”… Huh. What’s next, foreign and female characters developed outside descriptions of their brown and round bits?
“We’re trying to say ‘why would you want to read fairly cynical, ghost-written books which are being pumped out by publishers when there are a lot of good new British writers you could be reading?’” explained Lynn. “We feel the genre has been quite neglected in the last seven to eight years … There haven’t been any new writers coming through. It might be because there aren’t any very good writers, or maybe it’s because publishers and booksellers have been neglecting it â€“ they’ve become obsessed with the big names, and because they’ve got a new James Patterson or John Grisham four to five times a year to put at the front of the bookshop, it crowds out all the new British authors who are coming through.”