Commentary, Fiction

Better than the bestseller list

jacket imageSome authors and publishers see the New York Times bestseller list as the ultimate validation of popular acceptance. But that is just so quantitative. Contrast Entertainment Weekly’s Must List. Here you’ll find Rihanna, extreme pumpkin carver Tom Nardone, director Mike Leigh, Desperate Housewives, Roy Orbison, and the fourth season of Supernatural on the CW. Excellence and eclecticism.
Joining the pop cult pantheon this week: Donald Westlake aka Richard Stark’s classic noir mystery novels The Hunter, The Man With the Getaway Face, and The Outfit.
Now you must read them. And read an interview with the author.