Best-selling authors from Ruth Rendell to J.A. Jance to James Lee Burke struggle to retire their beloved and now iconic detective characters. The crime-fiction landscape is being altered as the protagonists from decades-old series must now battle “creaky joints, hearing loss, poor eyesight, declining mental powers and the existential dread of retirement”—in addition to the bad guys!
Read Alexandra Alter’s The Wall Street Journal’s article “The (Really) Long Goodbye” here to find out how author’s struggle with putting their characters to rest and to see what’s next for your favorite detectives!
And keep an eye out for Ruth Rendell’s The Vault (Scribner, Hardcover: 9781451624083, eBook: 9781451624090, September 2011) and James Lee Burke’s Feast Day of Fools (Simon & Schuster, Hardcover: 9781451643114, eBook: 9781451643145, September 2011), featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford and Sheriff Hackberry Holland, respectively.
Rendell’s latest, Tigerlily’s Orchids: A Novel (Scribner, Hardcover: 9781439150344, eBook: 9781439154380), is out now!