I'm a displaced Bostonian living down in the south with my family. Big fan of crime fiction. Currently working on a crime novel based in the Boston area. Since I gave up the booze there seems to be a lot more time in the day. How to fill that time? Reading, writing, blues music, and frequent visits to the beaches of Hilton Head.
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Books And Authors I Like:
James Crumley, Dan Marlowe, James Cain, Richard Yates, Fred Exley, Tom McGuane, Ken Bruen, Gene Kerrigan, Charles Willeford, Harry Crews, Loren Estleman, Richard Stark, Joe Gores, George MacDonald Fraser, Daniel Woodrell.James Ellroy.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Rockford Files, 24, The Simpsons, The Departed, Chinatown, Seven Samurai, Heat, Rear Window, Dr.Strangelove.
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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.
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Apologies for a massively delayed response to your comment. A new baby in the house has curtailed my Crimespace time! Thanks very much for your kind words about Gallows Lane. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and really appreciate your spreading the word about Borderlands. Much obliged!
Jack, sounds like you will have a unique perspective for the book, and look forward to your thoughts on it. After finishing Pariah, I went back and read Shea's and Weeks', not wanting their books to influence mine. Shea's impressed me a being delusional, a small-time player who thought he was bigger than he was. Weeks' seemed mostly honest, although I think he was lying at parts to avoid murder charges. Anyway, you'll have to let me know what how you think Whitey is going to feel about Pariah if he ever gets his hands on it.
Jack, thanks for the note about Small Crimes. I think you're going to really like Pariah, especially being an ex-Bostonian. It's a completely different book than Small Crimes, more explosive and subversive, with a lot of Whitey Bulger/south Boston history mixed in.
Hey Jack -- I haven't read any Philip Kerr, so thanks for the recommendation. Since we seem to have pretty similar taste in writers, I will definitely check him out. Nice to find someone else who appreciates Ferrigno ....
Hi Jack -- Following up on Roger's comment, it would be a crime if people stop reading great McGuane books like The Bushwacked Piano and Panama. I even think McGuane's screenplays are underrated. Rancho Deluxe was on cable last week and I thought it was still funny (though admittedly a little dated). Best of luck with the crime novel! Reece
I also love Harrison (although I've found his later books a bit tough to get into) -- haven't read as much Crumley as I should have . . . I'll look out for the Grofield books and The Grass Arena. Thanks for that. And I hope you enjoy Mixed Blood, if you get to read it. Give me some feedback if you have a moment.
Hey Jack, I hear you about kicking the booze. I started doing yoga(!) and wrote a thriller. Worse things to do with your time. I'm also a McGuane fan, sad to read recently that he is better known for his fishing book than his novels . . .
Hi Jack, thanks for giving Small Crimes a try. About the Pats, well, it just wasn't there year. Too many injuries. But they still showed a lot of heart, Cassel played great, and they were fun to watch. Next year!
Hi Jack, Thanks, glad you enjoyed Living Room. I just finished the fourth in the series - Shanghaied - it will be out in June or thereabouts. Howard French's name sounds familiar. I was working in Asia from 1986-97 and I didn't know too many of the China correspondents. I was based in Hong Kong, but did most of my work in Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong itself and Korea.