Golden Age vs. Modern Mystery Crime Fiction?
Do you think the quality of crime fiction today MATCHES or SURPASSES that of the Golden Age Detective fiction period? Sure, not every mystery story published during the Golden Age period but as a whole do you think that period exemplified the best of detective fiction and put the genre on the map and made it more mainstream? Does today's crime fiction --ok, let me put the question another way, are there any modern crime fiction stories that display signs of innovation, imagination, original & unforgettable plots/detectives, or ingeniousness? To make it clearer when I say "modern crime stories", I don't mean stories only set in the contemporary period . . . .not only contemporary but historical as well.
I think we need more modern amateur sleuth (who aren't police officers or on in the force) mysteries that are in the same vein as the ones from the GA period. I noticed a lot of today's amateur sleuth mysteries are fluffy in content and aren't like the meat and potatoes of the GA period.