Dangerous? Edgy? Is it wise to use “hot” crime themes in your thriller/mystery novel?

What is Edgy writing?
What is Edgy writing?

Dangerous? Edgy? Is it wise to use “hot” crime themes in your thriller/mystery novel?

How do writers feel writing about, for example, US gun laws, drive by/campus  shootings, pro-life/ pro-choice extremism, etc. I’ve chosen to write about “fixing” in sport in my latest crime novel – match/spot fixing and international crime gambling syndicates. This scourge hits many sports – baseball, football, cricket and more. How safe would you feel writing about well-known “corporates” using tax evasion/avoidance to beat government tax laws…or a story about putting ‘dodgy’ bankers/corrupt politicians in jail…or celebrity, high profile sex abusers…or should we stick in the “cozy- safe” groove of homicide and serial killers (Irony intended!)? And what kind of stories do crime/thriller/mystery readers want to experience?

My latest crime novel “IN IT FOR THE MONEY” now published. Click title for detail/free sample.

 

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