Letters from… fans??
Well, how would YOU answer this? In a way Miss Manners would approve?
â€œFor some time I resisted buying The Art of Detection because I was afraid it was a mere spin-off, an attempt to use in another way research already used. I broke down, however, andâ€”trusting the authorâ€”bought the CDs.
â€œNot only is it a mere spin-off as described above; it blatantly advocates for alternative lifestyles, an attitude that cannot be said to have complete acceptance in our culture. It is one thing to have a crime as the structural necessity for a mystery novel; it is another to advocateâ€”through the protagonistâ€”for something may feel is unacceptable, without any warning to the reader.
â€œJustice Hall included a situation that didnâ€™t quite overwhelm the story, although I wouldnâ€™t recommend that book. I have come to expect that in order to sell a book these days an author may feel it necessary to have some deplorable pages, such as the description of the toy room in The Gameâ€¦.
â€œNothing on your websites or book jackets would have warned me away from the Kate Martinelli series. I didnâ€™t read them before because I thought the dipicted [sic] language of the SP police might be a bit rough; indeed that was terrible in The Art of Detection. I know enough now to warn my like-minded friends, but caveat emptor aside, in the future I think a little common courtesy is called for, something like â€˜for our friends who are sympathetic to alternative lifestyles.â€™
â€œPerhaps Ms. King would defend herself by recalling the advocacy of Dickens and others for social changeâ€¦. Todayâ€™s moral quagmires are of an entirely different order, and it is truly possible to offend the reader andâ€”in this caseâ€”take advantage of him or her.
â€œFrom now on, I will examine new L R King novels first in the library and advise my like-minded friends to do the same.â€