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Peter O'Toole dies
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Crossing the genre lines.
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I. J. Parker replied to Richard Krauss's discussion Where and why did you buy that book?
"I only buy from Amazon, and I buy by author. Generally, I check the blurb and the price before making up my mind. Last order today: one each by Indridasson, MacBride, and Dick Francis."
Aug 12
I. J. Parker replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"I hated Wambaugh. Actually all things are rarely ever the same. And it strikes me that a policeman/detective may get so caught up in the minutiae of his job that the story gets lost in the boring detail."
Jul 21
I. J. Parker replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Not familiar with any of those. Westlake rings a bell because his name i well known. Still, not my sort of thing. I read police procedurals, so tend to be on the opposing side.  :) Readers generally are not very familiar with the criminal…"
Jul 21
I. J. Parker replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"I have never knowingly read a crime novel by a former criminal. (Is it possible to be a "former" criminal?) There have been many, many superrealistic novels that have been entirely satisfying in creating their world for me, the reader,…"
Jul 20
I. J. Parker replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Humph. Charlton Heston has ruined Charlton Heston for me. The NRA is just confirmation."
Jul 20
I. J. Parker replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Police reports can supply that sort of realism.  In fact, reading the papers regularly allows a very good insight into what happens in certain parts of a city. Isn't Mosley the guy to go to for that sort of thing?"
Jul 18
I. J. Parker replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"I prefer not to know stuff about the authors I like. Perry I have never been crazy about, but frankly I was somewhat less inclined to read her books after learning of her past. Wagner I don't much care for."
Jul 14
I. J. Parker replied to Susan's discussion Why Hate Women?
"Indeed, though I think the problem there is the bureaucracy, the paper shufflers on the government's payroll. Lazy and without basic ethics."
Jun 28

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About Me:
I write historical mystery novels and stories, and mainstream historical novels.
To amplify: Four novels in the Akitada mystery series and some eleven short stories on the same subject are in publication. The novels have been published by St. Martin's Press and Penguin and translated into a number of foreign languages. All the stories have appeared in AHMM.
The fifth novel in the series is due to be released September 28.
The Akitada novels take place against the background of eleventh century Japan. Their protagonist is a minor official in the imperial government who gets drawn into criminal cases either because of his official duties or because he has a personal interest in a case of injustice. One of the short stories won a Shamus award. Check out the web page for more detail.
I also recently finished a novel involving the Heike Wars and am currently working on a thriller set in eighteenth century Germany.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
I like British police procedurals, as well as some of the Scandinavian ones. I also like Hillerman and some books by a number of other authors. Of the new ones, I like Olen Steinhauer and Kevin Wignall and Stuart MacBride. I'm afraid this is only a sampling.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Mostly I dislike them. I'm watching reruns of MASH and THE SOPRANOS at the moment.

I. J. Parker's Blog

Japan Before "Shogun"

Folks, I have a blog up on Suzanne Adair's site (http://www.suzanneadair.net/2013/11/21/japan-before-shogun/) where I talk about writing the Akitada series. You'll find a nice discussion there, and a book giveaway, and the announcement that DEATH ON AN AUTUMN RIVER will be free for Kindle November 23-26.




Posted on November 23, 2013 at 12:18am

And here is another new Novel annoucement:

An Eighteenth Century Thriller Anyone?


If you are not exclusively interested in Japanese history, here’s a book that has something for everyone: duels, romance, murder, intrigue, battles, irritating relatives, and eccentric elderly…


Posted on June 3, 2013 at 7:45am — 8 Comments

A New Akitada Novel just up on Kindle




Now on Kindle




An unexpected and dubious promotion sends Akitada to Kyushu, an outpost where illegal trade with China breeds treason and murder. Leaving behind his family, he faces obstruction and hostility at his new post and…


Posted on May 27, 2013 at 8:14am — 2 Comments


Much to my surprise, my web site has won an award.  Thanks to the kind people at PWA, we can now claim another success.  "We" refers to my webmaster, Bob Stein, and myself, because the site is a co-production.  He handles the technical stuff and I supply the images and text.


The site has worked well from me.  It has an e-mail address where readers can reach me, and I answer all my e-mail.  Apart from losses after a computer crash several years ago, I've kept their addresses…


Posted on December 21, 2012 at 10:20pm — 5 Comments

The NEW AKITADA NOVEL (# 10) is here!




I have just uploaded it to Kindle.  It will stay there for 90 days so that I can do a small amount of promotion. Later I'll also put it on Nook for a while.  Nook hasn't performed well for me, but some of my fans own Nooks.


The cover is my own, and the formatting was…


Posted on November 3, 2012 at 12:32am

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At 6:56am on August 4, 2013, Andrew Drummond said…

I'm here for the long haul and to learn.  I'm not just here for BSP, but to contribute and get involved. :)

At 4:23am on August 4, 2013, Andrew Drummond said…

Truly, the pleasure is mine.  I'd like to thank you and those who have responded to my posts for making me feel so welcome on this site.  I feel at home here!

At 1:27am on July 20, 2012, Jack Getze said…

I think we should try it, IJ. I have a thriller I thought was done, but it's gotten enough rejection to where I know there must be problems. I could send you the first 30 pages of that. I'm going to send you my email privately...

At 5:47am on September 7, 2011, Jack Getze said…
Same here. In fact, I've learned a lot from you. But I wanted to send you a private message this morning -- asking about your ebook sales -- and CrimeSpace said I couldn't because we weren't 'friends." Are we official friends now?
At 10:15pm on August 22, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi I.J.


Thank you.  You might be suprised at what qualifies as noir, we leave that up to the writer to define.  Keep us in mind.  Thanks,



At 1:41am on July 14, 2011, Ken Kuhlken said…
Hi Ingrid. Thanks for the kind words, and also for the reminder to stop by crimespace more often.  Ken
At 4:02pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi I.J.,  the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses.  This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point?  The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to eddie@evegaonline.com


-- Eddie Vega, Noir Nation editor in chief
At 11:24pm on June 27, 2011, Benjamin Sobieck said…
Just reviewed "Shaken: Stories for Japan" and posted it here. I really enjoyed your Akitada short story about the horse race.
At 8:15am on June 13, 2011, Benjamin Sobieck said…
Just an FYI: Timothy Hallinan dropped me a note, saying "Shaken" isn't available for the Nook yet, but that people can e-mail him at thallinan@gmail.com after they buy the Amazon version and he'll send over an .epub that can be sideloaded into the Nook.
At 4:09pm on June 12, 2011, Benjamin Sobieck said…
"Shaken" made the Fukushima Daily Update here: http://paper.li/seven_questions/1306498711#!tag-japan

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