The Psychology of Crime

N.J. Cooper hosted the panel discussion 'What Lies Beneath' this afternoon at the Theakston's Crime Festival in Harrogate.

The panel included Andrew Taylor, nominee for Crime Novel of the Year, as well as Tana French, Sophie Hannah and Steve Mosby, who played to a packed crowd on Friday afternoon, discussing psychological thrillers.

Points made included Taylor saying that he feels crime writers don't get the recognition they deserve and believes the genre is seen as "inferior". Taylor also apologised to the hundreds-strong audience for ending his Roth trilogy in such a disturbing fashion, saying: "I didn't want it to end like that, I'm sorry." (I won't spoil the ending for you.)

Popular crime author Sophie Hannah also addressed the fine line between psychological thrillers and crime novels, saying, "It's all in the motive. With crime, the motive is psychologically interesting."

The popularity of this event shows that what happens in the disturbed mind is of utmost interest to many crime readers.