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Hometown:
Livermore, CA
About Me:
I've written seven books in 15 years. Books that nobody has wanted to buy, but I persist. I've begun the second draft of the new one, and thought it would be a good time to join Crimespace.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Most things hard-boiled from the Black Mask era. There are very few contemporary authors that I read, and while I'm not a joiner in the current "torture porn" controversy, I agree with the basic arguments, which is why I don't read many current authors. Hammett, Spillane, Paul Cain, Chandler, Nebel, Peter Rabe. Those are my usual suspects.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Old movies, noir, adventure, serials are great. I dislike a lot of modern movies for the same reason I dislike a lot of modern books, there's not enough there to grab my attention, just a rehash of what's come before. But every now and then, you find a gem.

Brian Drake's Blog

In The Drawer

I've been a ghost for a few weeks while I finished the new book. I had a heck of a time with the title. In my previous post I called it "Speak for the Dead" but boy did I not like that one. After kicking a few other options around, I finally settled on "The Open Contract" because it has a thriller-esque feel to it and refers to the plot. I'm happy with that one. I rolled the last page out of the Royal yesterday in time for my birthday party (I'm 32 now), and stuck it in a drawer. It's going…

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Posted on September 8, 2007 at 7:02am

Better Living Through Old Technology

Greetings--

I've been writing since I was 12; most of that writing has been done on computer. Now that I'm 32, I've come to believe that modern tools are not as good as the old tools.

On my desk right now sits a 1940s-vintage Royal typewriter. In the roller is a sheet of paper, the 17th such sheet, with a lot of words on it. Those words are part of my new novel, "Speak for the Dead." This is book #8. As with every book, this is THE ONE that will be the break-out. Period. But…

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Posted on July 25, 2007 at 8:04am — 4 Comments

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At 6:17am on August 20, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Brian , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
 
 
 

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