That was good. I knew almost all the books and authors (a rarity for me and BY THE BOOK). But that Ayn Rand thing came outta left (well, right) field; and I'm astonished that someone who has obviously read as much crime/mystery/suspense/thriller fiction as Penzler truly didn't see the twist coming in GONE GIRL.
That surprised me, too, Deb.
Great, insightful little interview. I haven't run into Otto in many years, but always credit my stopping by his store in the late 70's--while walking to the Manhattan Chess Club to play in a tourney--as being responsible for discovering mystery fandom when I saw copies in his store of a then popular Sherlock Holmes fanzine (The Commonplace Book). I learned of SH fandom and joined the society in SF (Scowrers and Molly Maguires), then hit my first Bouchercon in 1980 in SF, arranging with Don Herron to speak on a panel on mystery gaming (some fun but full-of-himself guy named Robert B. Parker was the guest of honor). Penzler's Bouchercon in NYC in the 80's was one of my very favorites.
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