One of the pieces of advice that comes to beginning writers (especially those of crime fiction) is to refrain from too much description of setting or character. Dive right into the plot and stay focused on it. Maybe things were different twenty years ago, but one of the things I most enjoy about the three Willeford novels I have read is that he doesn't do that. The plot can take a long time to develop and he spends time on Florida real estate, politics, etc. He also spends time on Hoke's personal life. Does only a master get to break the rules or were the rules different then? What do you think? Early readers of my attempt at a
novel advised me to cut all the stuff about Detroit and go right to the story. Maybe that was a mistake?