The More Things Change...
Novels of crime, mystery and suspense are by far the most widely read form of literature in most of the Western world, and not infrequently the best written.... Yet few contemporary critics treat the mystery as anything more substantial than a mental pacifier; the genre is accorded scantier and less prominent review space in most journals than the mindless TV special or the memoirs of unmemorable statesmen.
-- Michael Demarest, TIME Magazine, April 17, 1978
Hat Tip to Sarah Weinman.