Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Devil's Feather

A fitting title for what turns out to be a book about sexual slavery (the devil's feather is said to be a woman who leads men on, a sex tease) and images that are sometimes best left to the adult groups on yahoo. But Minette Walters has never in the past shied away from topics that shock and shake and hurt to think about (The Breaker about a toddler exposed to sex, Disordered Minds about the post-911 racism and pre-teen rape, Fox Evil about fox hunting - to name just a few). What I admire, is not only the author's courage in bringing these subjects into the open, but also the effortless way in which she presents them as palatable.

A page-turner, as usual. Minette Walters is one of my favourite contemporary mystery writers. But sometimes I can't help wishing she'd turn her pen to cozies....

2 comments:

lee pletzers said...

I don't think I could ever write about some of those subjects. I'm glad she has the courage to do that. Also, I think a woman writing on the subject is easier for the public to handle. If it were a guy, all sorts of shit would hit the fan.

Yvonne Eve Walus said...

Yes, you're right, that's sexism for you.