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Vancouver, New York, Bangkok
About Me:
Christopher G. Moore is a Canadian. His background is law (not law enforcement) but as in lawyer/law professor. He has lived in Thailand since 1988. He first started writing radio drama for the C.B.C. and then moved on to New York where his first novel His Lordships Arsenal was published in 1985.

Christopher is the author of 20 novels, one collection of short stories and one non-fiction book. He is best known by his award-winning Vincent Calvino private eye series, which has been translated into a dozen languages. The third novel in the series, Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, won the German Critics Award for Crime Fiction (Deutscher Krimi Preis) for best international crime fiction in 2006 and the Premier Special Director's Award Semana Negra (Spain) in 2007. His novels have been translated into German, Japanese, Chinese, Norwegian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Hebrew and Thai.

His latest Vincent Calvino novel, The Risk of Infidelity Index--no. 9 in the series--was released in the US in 2007 (Atlantic Monthly Press) and in the UK in 2008 (Atlantic Books). The first in the series Spirit House was also released in 2008 in both continents. No. 10 in the Vincent Calvino series, Paying Back Jack, is due for release in November 2009. In June 2010 Asia Hand will be published by Grove in the United States. The Vincent Calvino series has also been optioned by Steve Samuels and Keanu Reeves for a feature film.

Among his 10 standalone novels are the cult classics Land of Smiles Trilogy, a behind-the-smiles study of his adopted country, Thailand (A Killing Smile, A Bewitching Smile and A Haunting Smile, Heaven Lake Press).

His non-fiction book titled Heart Talk explores the Thai social psyche with the use of the word jai (which means heart) in the Thai language.

Christopher is married and lives in Bangkok with his wife and five dogs. He is a frequent traveler in the region, with excursions to Burma, China, India, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Hometown: Vancouver, New York, Bangkok

Occupation: Writer
Movies and Shows: Crash, Babel, The Mexican, 28 Days, 12 Monkeys, The Cooler. The Sopranos.
Books: John Connelly, Paul Theroux, Graham Greene, Paco Ignacio Taibo, Peter Straub, Colin Thuborn, Colin Cotteril, Robertson Davies, Jim Thompson, Gary Disher, Peter Temple, Steven Pinker, Christopher Hitchens, Bill Bryson, and Paul Auster.
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Books And Authors I Like:
John Connelly, Paul Theroux, Graham Greene, Paco Ignacio Taibo, Peter Straub, Colin Thuborn, Colin Cotterill, Matt Beynon Rees, Robertson Davies, Jim Thompson, Gary Disher, Peter Temple, Steven Pinker, Christopher Hitchens, Bill Bryson, and Paul Auster.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Crash, Babel, The Mexican, 28 Days, 12 Monkeys, The Cooler. The Sopranos.

ChristopherGMoore's Blog

Bangkok at the Crossroad of History

If you follow the news, you are likely aware that a large political demonstration is underway for this weekend in Bangkok (13th to 14th March). Hotels are reporting cancellations. Personal friends from England who’d planned to visit me this weekend have also cancelled. Many people are watchful as events unfold. Who are the demonstrators? And what do they want? Two complex questions and the answers will depend on whom you ask. There isn’t one single answer…


Posted on March 12, 2010 at 8:30pm

International Crime Writers’ Reality Check Blog

We are four international crime fiction writers who have come together to blog as International Crime Writers’ Reality Check. Barbara Nadel has a series set in Istanbul, Colin Cotterill’s has a series set in Laos, Matt Beynon Rees has a set a series in the West Bank/Gaza, and Christopher G. Moore has set his series in Thailand.

We will be blogging about our lives, research, observations and writing from our region of the world. Reality check is our way of seeking out the facts and… Continue

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 7:14pm

A Long Line of Zen Men

Cameron Hughes interviewed me for the Rap Sheet last March in Kona, Hawaii. I was attending the Left Coast Crime Conference. Film maker Tito Haggardt produced and edited the video.

“In his novels, Moore writes about Bangkok as if it were one of the most famous cities of noir fiction. The nightlife there comes off as mysterious, dangerous, and exciting and the people in power are cast as no… Continue

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 4:00pm


I am a writer, a reader and a collector of books including some prized first editions. My first edition collection is modest. It includes The End of An Affair by Graham Greene (signed). Collecting books is a passion for many readers. For others it is an investment. Whatever your motivation for buying a book to add to your library price is always a consideration.

Since my books were published by various Thai publishers over the years, and the print runs were modest by large publishing… Continue

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 9:00pm


Pundits have for the past year danced around those shoveling dirt onto the grave of traditional publishers. Not that publishers will vanish into the hole any time soon. But the emergence of ebooks seems ready to drive the mass of readers to electronic readers.…


Posted on June 12, 2009 at 8:30pm

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At 4:16am on June 25, 2008, ChristopherGMoore said…

Fingers crossed but it looks like a Vincent Calvino feature film should shoot in Thailand sometime in 2009. When I know more of the details, I'll let you know.
At 12:46am on June 22, 2008, tito haggardt said…
i have not stopped trying. it is a big story, we rarely see those these days.
is vinnie coming to the silver screen soon?
At 2:00pm on June 19, 2008, ChristopherGMoore said…
Hi L.J.,

I suspect the number of full time writers living in Thailand and making a living from their books is relatively small. I would estimate about half a dozen novelist, someone of whom are here part time. Given the history and culture and the long-standing expat community, Thailand offers a rich source of material for a crime writer.
At 1:50pm on June 19, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hello Christopher
You've have a prolific career going. Congratulations on all your successes. I've notice many crime writers live in Thailand. Can I ask: What's the attraction?
At 5:04am on October 2, 2007, Charlotte Williamson said…
What's the lure of living in Bangkok? I see you're quite an accomplished writer. Thanks for being my crimespace friend.
At 10:40am on September 27, 2007, Pari Noskin Taichert said…
Thanks for reading Murderati; we're honored.

I pray your friends and acquaintances are all right during this turbulent time in Burma.
At 1:05pm on September 25, 2007, Pari Noskin Taichert said…
Hi Christopher,
I met Paco at LCC in El Paso; we sat next to each other because of our last names. What an absolute charmer.
At 6:54pm on September 11, 2007, ChristopherGMoore said…

Keeping 4 dogs in a degree of partial harmony is good training for writing a novel. Constant attention, work, patience and creativity. The main advantage with the dogs is the immediate return of affection.


You can download a free copy of Chair: This isn't crime fiction; more like Asian Noir.

At 7:39pm on September 10, 2007, Karen from AustCrime said…
Hello Christopher - nice to see another person from sort of within my vague region - your books sound very interesting - and any other owner / victim of 4 dogs has got to be a special person :)
At 7:39pm on August 30, 2007, Kim Howell said…
Your books look right up my alley. I've been looking over your site and am going to try out "Chairs" as my starter book. :-)

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