Ruth McIver, author of I SHOT THE DEVIL, outlines the the top 3 crime books which inspired her writing.
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
I was really inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’ Lunar Park; a voice-led novel that plays with genre in such an ingenious and unique fashion, building dread and surreality, while maintaining an aspect of reader credulity.
Dracula, By Bram Stoker
I am obsessed with Gothic fiction and horror. I was interested in how dread is communicated through and travels by different kinds of technologies, and there is a sense of doom and inevitability in Dracula’s arrival and infiltration into Mina’s life. I also used aspects of the epistolatory novel in I Shot the Devil.
Every single one of Karin Slaughter’s female sleuths, heroines and anti-heroes have inspired and influenced the writing of this book. Cop Town is major stand out for me, but Slaughter creates hardboiled, tough, complex characters I can’t get enough of.
by Ruth McIver
FIVE WENT INTO THE WOODS. TWO NEVER CAME BACK.
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