To everyone on CrimeSpace, from sunny Harare, Zimbabwe, in the middle of Christmas Day, have a happy and prosperous holiday, and may the new year spawn a whole new crop of tantalizing mysteries to…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Dec 27, 2011.
Posted on November 6, 2011 at 5:06pm
I've been busy adding to the Al Pennyback series, and in those I follow the rules of mystery writing; a crime, a criminal and victim, lots of clues, and a protoganist who faces long odds but prevails in the end. A good mystery story, though, doesn't always have to be about a crime. In my latest short story, Sour Note, a continuation of a series of stories about Louis Dumkowski, a born loser who…Continue
Posted on September 7, 2011 at 11:31pm
March 24, Oakland, CA
The sun, just rising, made the hills around San Francisco look like green jewels, and the Golden Gate Bridge gleamed in the early morning light, as the Christina B out of Hong Kong made her way slowly through the bay, heading for a dock at Oakland terminal.
Captain Chow Hung Fat, a slender Chinese with close-cropped iron gray hair, felt every one of his sixty years as he stood at the front of the wheelhouse, watching the…Continue
Posted on January 16, 2011 at 1:02am
I cut my teeth reading pulp fiction. You know, the dime novels of the forties and fifties. Now, the term pulp fiction is often used disparangly, but these were stories that kept you turning the page. Who can ever forget Spillane's "I, the Jury" or the action stories by L. Ron Hubbard. They might not be taught in college literature classes, but people read and enjoyed them. When I started the Al Pennyback mystery series, I initially tried for a 'literary' feel, but it just didn't 'feel'…Continue
Posted on December 26, 2010 at 8:23am