About a decade ago, Michael Ridpath was the UK's foremost financial thriller writer. On his website, he says "In the 1990s there was a hope that the financial thriller genre could grow to be as big as legal thrillers. This didn't happen." Feeling himself to be a big fish in a small pool with a leak, he decided to switch genres (and has now become equally successful in another genre). Has the banking/financial crisis and the state of the world economy made this reasoning overall more, or less, applicable and relevant in 2012? Is an agent's instinctive reaction to receiving an otherwise acceptable query letter regarding a completed first "financial thriller" likely to be "No thanks"? Are "financial thrillers" a viable genre? In the sense that this genre could be a viable and sensible choice for a writer - with some trading experience/background - starting a new career as an author of fiction? Or would that be a probably inadvisable and potentially unfortunate choice? I'd love to know the opinions of any agents, publishers or others with a view to express.