Shipshape & Bristol fashion
This Con has been running for eight years now, although it actually started a couple of years earlier, in 2006, when the indefatigable Adrian Muller had the idea of running a Left Coast Crime on the left coast of, well, England.
This year’s guests included one of the true queens of crime, Maj Sjöwall, who with her husband Per Wahloo changed the face of crime during the decade that started in 1965. Their series of ten linked novels, beginning with Roseanna, reads as fresh today as when it was published, with gritty reality mingled with three dimensional characters and deliciously dark humor.
And to have her interviewed by Lee Child was a meeting of the generations.Of course, one great thing about Crime Fest is that it is in Bristol, a great place to explore not just this side of Britain, but the mind of one of its builders, Isembard Kingdom Brunel. One can follow the projects of this extraordinary Victorian around the country, from the Clifton bridge to the Thames tunnel. Ah, if only he’d lived a bit later, and I could introduce him to Mary Russell…