"I just finished up two rereads: Jim Sallis' DRIVE and Ken Bruen's ONCE WERE COPS. Two short, ultra-speedy hardboiled reads that bite deeply. Before that THE CUTIE by DOnald Westlake, the HCC reprint of his first novel. AMazing that the man…"
Tom Piccirilli is the author of 20 novels including THE COLDEST MILE, THE COLD SPOT (currently an Edgar Award nominee), THE MIDNIGHT ROAD, THE FEVER KILL, HEADSTONE CITY, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. He's won the International Thriller Writers Award, is a four-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and Le Grand Prix de L'Imaginaire. Pretty friggin' fancy pantsy, eh?
The works of: David Goodis, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross MacDonald, Peter Rabe, Gil Brewer, Cornell Woolrich, Charles Williams, Jim Thompson, Fredric Brown, Harry Whittington, James Ellroy, Edward Bunker, Derek Raymond, Harry Crews, Charles Bukwoski, Jack Cady, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Charles Willeford, Donald Barthelme, Richard Brautigan, T.M. Wright, Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Dean Koontz, Norman Partridge, Richard Matheson, Joe Lansdale, David Morrell, Brian Keene, Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Alfred Bester, Spider Robinson, Robert Reed, Robert E. Howard, Tanith Lee, Karl Edward Wagner, Stanislaw Lem, Michael Bishop, Gary Braunbeck, Thomas Tessier, Edward Lee, Michael McDowell, Chester Himes, Day Keene, Bruno Fischer, Donald Westlake, Richard Stark, Ken Bruen, Duane Swierczynski, Allan Guthrie, Ray Banks, Peter Abrahams, James Rollins, Robert B. Parker, Walter Mosley, Graham Masterton, Joe Hill, Lee Child, Shirley Jackson, E.A. Poe.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Some faves: Seven Beauties, Sunset Boulevard, The Wild Bunch, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, The Killing, Versus, A Tale of Two Sisters, Ringu, Old Boy, Serenity, Asphalt Jungle, Laura, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Session 9, The Haunting (original, of course), The Exorcist, Kill Bill, Brick, The Host, Shaw Bros. martial arts films, Hideo Nakata, Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike, Rhyuhei Kitamura, Beat Takeshi Kitano, Stephen Chow, Zhang Yimou, Lina Wertmuller, Robert Wise, Chang Chen, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Patrick Lussier, Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Shane Black.
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Hi Tom , I want to introduce you to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. I was wondering if you would like to review my book for your blog or sites such as Amazon. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. If you would like to read it I can mail an advance readers copy to you. Thanks for your time in advance.
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!"
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.
I reviewed your opening line from SHARDS in my chapter on show, don't tell, in DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY: 24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A.
Here's what I wrote as part of my advice to writers:
Keep your own emotions off the page. Show what your characters feel, as with this opening line from Shards, by Tom Piccirilli. "I would never hurt you," he said, taking me in his hand, and hurting me." Would the same content have the same impact if Piccirilli chose to tell you about this situation instead of using dialogue and action to show you?
I was delighted to find such a good example to use for this particular technique. BTW, Don't Murder Your Mystery is the 2006 Agatha Award winner for Best Nonfiction Book.
Hi Tom - Got your invite, cheers for that ... much obliged. I've been lurking around The Big Adios a lot lately, looking for an opportunity to jump in. I'm afraid Ray Banks might bite my ankles, though ... If you fancy doing a Q&A for Crime Always Pays, drop me a line at dbrodb(at)gmail.com ... Cheers, Dec