Or that could be the motto of true crime writers who can't resist cracking up, even though.
So I received a note from a true crime author and lecturer with an interesting genre question.
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The Missouri Writers' Guild has asked me to give a talk in April of 2011 at a breakout session. The person organizing it wants me to talk about "Writing True Crime With Humor."
I plan to talk about my book, and I plan to talk about yours. I am going to re-read Jimmy Breslin's The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight. Can you think of other true crime books that used a great deal of humor? Please give it some thought and let me know what you come up with. I've got time to prepare and do this right.
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I take the occasion to list some of the true crime authors who can make me both laugh and cry ( of course reserving the right to amend this list) .
I think of:
* Keven McQueen, whose books are so hilarious that I once dropped one in a fit of laughter
* Edmund L. Pearson, which is precisely what made him one of the most famous true crime writers of all time
* William Roughead, ditto
Which true crime authors do you think of?
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A quote from the inimitable William Roughead.... to follow when I've found my vade mecum....