Given the publishing industry's sensitivity to social issues like diversity and the #metoo movement, how will the current reaction against police services affect popular genres like crime and mystery? Or do you think it will?
Publishing doesn't change unless readers change.
And even then, publishing is glacial. Glacial.
The good news though is that we're always on the lookout for twists in the category and genre.
So, if a city did de-fund their police services, what would that look like?
Who would I call when my next door neighbor is beating her wife?
Or when my landlord arrives to collect the rent sporting an AK-47?
Or when I'm buying ice, and a 12 year old kid points a gun at the counter man?
Write THAT book, and let's see what happens!
Or we could just watch The Wire again.
But will readers start to reject "old-style" police procedurals?
I don't think so, not yet anyway.
This is still a relatively new cultural shift, if it is a shift at all.
Those take a while to work their way in to popular culture.
How long was it before the Mickey Spillane style woman was considered unpublishable?
I know I still get queries that have that flavor.
And when you read some of the old Agatha Christie novels, yeesh. Overt racism and classism front and center.
I had a spirited discussion with a writer about Westerns some years back. I'm of the opinion you can no longer write the same kind of Westerns that were so popular for years. For starters, the whole concept of uncivilized natives is so offensive I hesitate to even write it.
So, I don't know, and I don't think so to answer your question.
But I'd be really interested to see a novel with no police in a town of any size.