Thats what photographer Laurie Roberts deducted while working on Behind The Mystery (HotHouse Press), a new book that features profiles of top whodunit authors like Robert B. Parker, Elmore Leonard and Mickey Spillane.
What most fascinated her was what the writers had in common: A need for privacy, which is why most of the interviewed authors lived in the middle of nowhere.
She figures the solitude is necessary, especially when writing about shocking murders and death.
But while mystery writers may have a heightened interest in the criminal mind, Roberts promises none of the writers are at risk of going on a murder spree.
Instead, she says one mystery writer told her that writing about death allows it to be distanced so it doesnt come back to you.
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