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Joan

I've read The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, it's a worthy nomination, but I'm a little surprised by the absence of American Eve. The clear preference for historical true crime displayed in these nominations may be more a reflection of the interests and reading preferences of Mystery Writers than it is the quality of the research or writing in true crime as a whole. Is there an organization for True Crime writers and do they give out awards?

Camille

"Is there an organization for True Crime writers...."

Extremely good question. I would very much like to find it, if there is. MWA is an excellent organization, but there are many issues that confront the true crimer specifically and not the novelist. Sure would like to find the place where those issues take center stage.

Fiz

Kate Summerscale???? Laura, doesn't that just hit you in the gut? Since I posted my review, the floodgates opened, all saying the same thing. And why no "American Eve", one of the best TC books of last year?

Laura James

I agree with those of you who missed American Eve on this list. I expected to see it on there. I also thought True Crime: An American Anthology might be on the list, but it might have slipped between categories? I thought Now the Hell Will Start was very well researched and written. Some authors I would've made sure to take a hard look at, if I were on the committee, are Ann Rule, Kathryn Casey, and Carlton Stowers, among many others.

I wish there were an organization for true crime writers, too. With our own seminars and awards. If there was enough interest, I would definitely be willing to put together a conference in the Midwest or New York. Okay, or Seattle!

Corey Mitchell

Ah, Laura, how quickly we forget our friends when we leave the nest. Don't forget, In Cold Blog held its first annual ICB Detective Awards which focuses strictly on true crime and is voted on directly by the readers. Several categories were awarded and among them include book, film, music, Hall of Fame book, TV series, and more.

The second annual ICB Detective Awards will be coming up very soon.

Also, as the awards grow, the intention is to host a convention and awards ceremony on an annual basis.

Laura James

Corey, I haven't forgotten ICB or its award - the question was whether there is a group for true crime writers. I don't know that one has ever existed but I think there would be a lot of interest.

Corey Mitchell

Laura, I was teasing!

Laura James

Ah! Well I do think there would be a lot of interest in such a group and want to follow up. Do you think it could be successful as a subchapter of MWA??

Camille

Laura,

Count me in. I would support your conference. And, hey, consider the Southwest as the site. We've got some great winter weather for you Detroiters!

A subgroup of MWA would also be a fine option. I think that would work nicely. One stop shopping. Perfect.

FWIW, I'm actually less interested in awards than info-swapping. A place to explore such True Crime issues as safety, libel, public records, etc.

Laura James

As of January 23, the Southwest sounds like a great location for a conference.

OTOH, flights to Detroit are VERY cheap! :) You might even have inbound aircraft to yourself, since the mass migration is outward right now....

Anyway, I plan to write a note to the powers-that-be at MWA to see if they have any interest in forming a subgroup devoted solely to the true crime genre.

If I hear anything promising of course I'll post it!

Camille

That's fantastic, Laura. Here's me in cheerleader pleats and pom poms--Yaaaaay! L-A-U-R-A!

An Avid Reader

Currently reading Now The Hell Will Start and very impressed so far, though I do find the writing style a bit...... colourful ...... at times.

And why would it be a surprise to the author that Chang Kai-Shek took against the Communism when he had seen it up close and personal in Moscow for three months in 1924? Most of the people completely blinded to its excesses were never there, but only worshipped from afar.

wAYNE

CAN ANYONE TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE 1971 EDWARD PRUYN (GLENSIDE, PA.) MURDERS. I CAN NOT FIND ANYTHING ANYWHERE. WHERE DOES ONE LOOK FOR MORE DETAILS?

wayne S-B

CAN ANYONE TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE 1971 EDWARD PRUYN (GLENSIDE, PA.) MURDERS. I CAN NOT FIND ANYTHING ANYWHERE. WHERE DOES ONE LOOK FOR MORE DETAILS?

laura

The Associated Press coverage can be found in www.newspaperarchive.com (subscription required). That's the only place I can think of to find details.

Carl

Wayne,
I have some info on the Pruyn murder..Give me a way to contact you....
Carl

Wayne

Carl,
Thank you for responding. My email is wayneasb@aol.com
Wayne

Susan Pruyn

My name is Susan Pruyn. It's nice to know that there are people out there who are trying to find me. Send me a note: susanpruyn@netzero.net

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