In today's New York Times, Charles McGrath has a piece about writer Joan Brady, the effects of glue-sniffing on her literary career, and why so many people think detective and mystery fiction isn't "real literature." Indeed, Ms. Brady won 115,000 pounds in a settlement after a ruling that glue in the environment around her home had affected her.
Ms. Brady apparently made the claim that writing detective and mystery fiction is somehow something less than writing literature. The discussion has gone on and is likely to go on for quite a while. See Mark Larson's piece in the Guardian. Meanwhile, successful mystery and thiller writers engagingly entertain a good many of us, and I suspect have very nice vacation homes to show for it.