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Seattle, WA
About Me:
My short fiction has appeared in ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, SHRED OF EVIDENCE, and (the sadly now-defunct) BULLET UK. I'm also the author of several full-length works of non-fiction, including 101 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT LINCOLN (Adams Media 2005). My historical articles and book reviews have appeared in COLUMBIA: THE MAGAZINE OF NORTHWEST HISTORY, and THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FORUM.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
It's an eclectic grab-bag, so here they are in no particular order: Dashiell Hammett, Jane Austen, Jess Walter, William Shakespeare, Ken Bruen, Ernest Hemingay, Eric Ambler, Ross MacDonald, Raymond Chandler, Carl Hiassen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rainier Maria Rilke, Michael Gruber, Megan Abbott, Sean Doolittle, Josephine Tey, Al Guthrie, Sean Chercover, Steve Brewer, Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, John D. MacDonald, Dan J. Marlowe, Dorothy Uhnak, Robert Ludlum, William Butler Yeats, Glen David Gold, and Duane Swiercynski.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
That opening shot from TOUCH OF EVIL, the hall of mirrors shot from LADY IN SHANGHAI, the little "cuckoo clock" speech Welles added to the script for THE THIRD MAN. John Huston's bravura freshman turn as a director for THE MALTEST FALCON, Billy Wilder's SUNSET STRIP, Chandler's script work on DOUBLE INDEMNITY, wow! I think that THE WIRE is the best thing on TV right now. Favorite movies include MURDER MY SWEET, HOLLYWOODLAND (WAY better than THE BLACK DAHLIA), CHINATOWN, THE TWO JAKES, THE DEPARTED, CASABLANCA, THE BIG HEAT, A LONELY PLACE...

There are also others here, lots of them! I'm a big film buff.
Lovely to be here. I'm currently hard at work on an historical mystery centering on the death of the US Secretary of State onboard an American ship-of-war in February, 1844. Please drop a line and let me know what you're working on.



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New blog "The Weekly Bastard" in support of my August book launch!

My historical true crime book THE BOOK OF BASTARDS: 101 WORST SCOUNDRELS AND SCANDALS FROM THE WORLD OF POLITICS AND POWER comes out from Adams Media in August 2010, and I've launched a blog to support it sales. Come see what all the fuss is about on my new blog "The Weekly Bastard". It can be found at:

Up first: a medieval pope… Continue

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 8:49am

Truth in Advertizing: my only blog entry

Why are you wasting your time looking at this? Shouldn't you be writing? Don't you have a deadline? Isn't there written product you could be producing instead of reading pointless drivel *about* writing from people you probably don't even know?

Me too.

Welcome to why I don't blog.



Posted on March 19, 2007 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

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At 6:07am on August 2, 2008, Patricia Abbott said…
Brian-Wondered whether you might like to do a book for my forgotten books project:
Contact me at
At 4:23am on May 4, 2008, Meredith S. Cole said…
Hope your flight home was uneventful! We're now having some very Seattle like weather here (cloudy and cool).
See you at B'con...
At 2:33pm on March 27, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
What an interesting mix of writing you've don. I had to come to this site to get of sense of who you were... beside the party guy in the red hat on Facebook.
I wish I were under a writing contract. And you make a valid point about blogging. Who has time?
At 10:05am on March 20, 2008, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Keep us informed, please, on your newest project. I just finished my new short story but it's about 650 words too long. Time to cut...after I get my taxes done! Procrastinated and now I'm suffering for it. Bye!
At 2:57pm on February 20, 2008, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
That sounds like a cool mystery novel you're working on, Brian. I want to be first in line to buy a copy when it comes out. I love historical mysteries (except the U.S. Civil War period does not interest me. I cannot say why, just doesn't.) Sorry to take forever to get back to you. It's been an exhausting year, to my great surprise.

I'm working on my second Cattle Capers(tm) short story for Amazon. com Shorts. I decided to bring it in to my writing critique group, who are all romance writers. I thought they'd think I was a little nuts, but I just didn't have time to work on my new novel and the short; to my pleasant surprise, they love the story. It's about collapsing dinosaurs in a museum, with the usual corny humor: "Surely you don't suspect me." "It's not Shirley who suspects you, it's us."

Take care. Dawn
PS. I've been to the Gold Coast in Australia. Wasn't dressed properly to go into the clubs since I was living out of a small school bag for five weeks.
At 7:07pm on December 31, 2007, Cornelia Read said…
Happy New Year, dude!

I would give up blogging, except I hate writing and it's a good distraction.
At 9:15am on December 31, 2007, Cara Black said…
Happy New Year, Brian
At 11:43pm on October 19, 2007, Ken Isaacson said…
The "Don't Stop Believing" video--you cut the best part! You WERE paid off, you dirty dog. So much for journalistic integrity.
At 9:58pm on August 11, 2007, David Terrenoire said…
Don't listen to Pat, Brian. He's a silver-tongued schemer who will say anything as long as you keep buying the drinks.

And I really should pay more attention to your reasonable stance on blogging.
At 2:33am on August 1, 2007, Pat Mullan said…
Greetings from Connemara, Brian. Enjoyed your piece, 'History is in the details', in the MWA newsletter...
Slan, Pat.

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