Today’s TGITTWM kick-off-the-week quote comes from Lillian de la Torre, the late historical mystery writer, from a 1974 essay reprinted in the Edgar Awards annual magazine following this year’s 70th anniversary ceremony. In it, de la Torre describes the attributes of a successful true-crime book . . .
“I don’t forget that shibboleth of today, ‘relevance,’ but I don’t confuse timeliness with relevance. I think that any book is relevant which lays bare the well-springs of the human soul, as a competent study of a crime, whenever it happened, must do.”