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Hard-Boiled Thrillers, Noir, and the Belly Laugh
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Hi, Crimespacers,Recently I started a discussion here about humor and whether it belongs in a hard-boiled thriller or noir.  I've just written a blog post about it and if you've got the time, check…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victoria Dougherty Feb 6, 2013.

The Next Big Thing
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Hey bloggers - anyone interested in being tagged for The Next Big Thing blog series?  I've got three spots left.  Basically, you'll have to send me a link to your blog, answer a series of questions…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.E. Purfield Nov 28, 2012.

Noir
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Hi, everyone - here's a question for you:What, in your opinion, would disqualify a story from being classified as "Noir?"Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.E. Purfield Nov 18, 2012.

Fog vs Pollution
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Hi, Everyone. First - thanks for all the replies about comedy and the thriller.  I've got a new question.  What provides better atmosphere in a thriller/mystery/crime novel, fog or pollution?  I mean…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Michael Brantingham Oct 2, 2012.

 

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The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt

My Cold War thriller, The Bone Church, debuts on April 15th and I’m nervous, excited and more than a little bit relieved. Honestly, it feels like my daughter’s wedding or something.Here’s an idea of what it’s about:In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make…See More
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Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post How NOT to Write a Bestselling Thriller (With John Dolan)
"Thanks for reading ZJ."
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"That was a fun read. Thanks Victoria and John."
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How NOT to Write a Bestselling Thriller (With John Dolan)

Today, I welcome one of my favorite thriller writers both on and off the page – John Dolan.John Dolan is fun. He’s dry, he’s politically incorrect – two traits that do it for me the way a pair of big breasts and a small vocabulary do it for some guys. In my review of his wonderful thriller, Hungry Ghosts (from his…See More
Feb 4
Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"I like that title, Eric. And I love bacon."
Jan 9
Eric Christopherson commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"I think we need some new books written that really appeal to men's interests. For example, I've got an idea for a crime novel I think I'll call "The Bacon Thief.""
Jan 8
Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"Thanks, Jackson."
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Jackson Burnett commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"What an effort, Victoria!  It's a great selection for men (and women)."
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Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"Hi, Jed. Thanks for commenting."
Jan 2
Jed Power commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"I don't get it, Victortia.  If this is somehow going to get men who don't read fiction, to do so--I think it will have the opposite effect.   I've been reading a novel literally every day of my life as far back as I can…"
Dec 31, 2013
Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"Thanks, John."
Dec 31, 2013
John McFetridge commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"Nice to see the Minister Faust on the list, I reviewed that book (quite positively) for the Toronto Star. Also nice to see Drop City and the Sportswriter. But no Roddy Doyle?"
Dec 30, 2013

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Hometown:
Ivy, VA
About Me:
I'm a writer of essays, non-fiction and historical crime/spy fiction who comes from the ultimate WWII/Cold War family. As a child, our family dinner table conversations revolved around daring escapes, underground networks, being chased by secret police, and even the occassional ghost story. Come to think of it, not much has changed since I've had my own family.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Website:
http://www.victoriadougherty.net
Books And Authors I Like:
Anything by Raymond Chandler or Alan Furst. Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, East of Eden, Child 44, The Alienist, The Man Who Was Thursday, Mickey Spillane is fun, The Captive Mind, most Greek Tragedies, The Name of the Rose, any Uncle Oswald story, Peter Mayle beach reading, Shantaram...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Casablanca, Dr. Zhivago, Raiders of the Lost Ark, TheThomas Crown Affair (old and new), Pan's Labyrinth, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, loved the one episode I saw of Rome, Prime Suspect series, Agatha Christie movies from the 60s and 70s, sucker for James Bond, Ronin, English Patient, The Fugitive, The Pianist...

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The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt



My Cold War thriller, The Bone Church, debuts on April 15th and I’m nervous, excited and more than a little bit relieved. Honestly, it feels like my daughter’s wedding or something.

Here’s an idea of what it’s about:

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive…

Continue

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:53am

How NOT to Write a Bestselling Thriller (With John Dolan)

Today, I welcome one of my favorite thriller writers both on and off the page – John Dolan.

John Dolan is fun. He’s dry, he’s politically incorrect – two traits that do it for me the way a pair of big breasts and a small…

Continue

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 7:47am — 2 Comments

The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men

First, I want to thank all of you who have already said your piece, continue to weigh in, or will contribute your ideas for what you think half of our world’s population should be reading fiction-wise. This will be an on-going discussion, so please don’t think you’ve missed the boat.

Truth is, I am on a…

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Posted on December 29, 2013 at 6:23am — 10 Comments

Ten Reasons Men Must Start Reading Fiction Again

According to recent statistics, men have all but stopped reading fiction. Do they watch great television? Yes. Do they read non-fiction? Some. But the novel – that great interior journey – seems to have been lost to them.

It wasn’t always this way.

The path from boyhood to manhood used to…

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Posted on November 28, 2013 at 7:57am — 13 Comments

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At 12:46am on February 23, 2014, William G. Davis said…
At 1:35pm on December 5, 2013, Jackson Burnett said…

Thanks for the add, Victoria.  The Past Never Ends didn't make the cut.  I'm just glad it was considered.  The Expats by Chris Pavone got the Edgar for Best First Mystery Novel.

I've been away from here for a while and just read your blog on Dracula.  Nice job!

Dracula is also the first legal thriller.  Stoker beat Grisham by almost a century.  https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4383233-dracula-as-legal-thriller

What do you think?

At 11:45am on February 9, 2013, M.E. Purfield said…

thanks for friending back :-)

At 12:42am on February 9, 2013, Martin Roy Hill said…

Yes and no, Victoria. I have more than 20 years of military service, but most of it is reserve time. I did 13 years in the Coast Guard, active and reserve, split between two enlistments, with three years in the Navy Reserve in between. I'm now a major in a component of the California National Guard, and I work for the Navy as a civilian analyst in battlefield medical capabilities. 

At 2:16pm on June 20, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Check out We Can't Dance Together at A Twist of Noir!
(based on that Steely Dan song that's been stuck in your head since 1980)
At 8:05am on June 5, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
Richlands is in southwestern Virginia, about half way between Bluefield, West Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee.
At 1:22am on June 4, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
And you are now in Ivy. Where is that? I once lived in Richlands, Virginia. Editor for the newspaper there.
At 4:46am on June 1, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Thanks for the add.
Now let's go littler the world with provocative crime fiction!
At 11:47am on May 17, 2010, Peter Steiner said…
Hello Victoria. I'm glad you enjoyed the cartoon. I hope you like the book.
At 5:33am on May 16, 2010, JB Christopher said…
Likewise.

Portland is....ok. Too dreary in fall/winter/spring but near perfect in summer.
 
 
 

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