The mystery against the state

The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler are an interesting and very quick read if you like Chandler's work. You can see some of his ideas getting tossed around prior to being written, though some is just about the business of writing and publishing (which while historically relevant is not the high point of the book).

In it Chandler included a short piece by mystery writer Frank Gruber on publishing mystery stories (the date is unknown, but approximately the 1940s). Part of this guide:

Most of the better mysteries are also published in Great Britain and South America, and, before the war, in France and other European democracies. The dictatorships banned mysteries a decade ago.

I wonder why that was.

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