Mark Haile
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About Me:
Former bookseller, magazine editor, journalist. Presently a literary curator and consultant in Los Angeles
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Editor, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Tom Corcoran, S.V. Date, Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiaasen, John D. MacDonald, Barbara Parker ...note a pattern here? My newest obsession-compulsion I resisted as long as possible, yet surrendered to the inevitable: Arturo Perez-Reverte
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Journeyman, Life, Veronica Mars (RIP), The Womens' Murder Club, Breathless, Casablana, The Maltese Falcon, Peter Gunn

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My latest obsession-compulsion: Perez-Reverte

I'm reading all the new Arturo Perez-Reverte novels (at long last; I'd been meaning to get around to them) ...I'm using the justification that I want to study his writing style inside out, upside down and sideways.

I'm saving the historical novels for a later date, when I have more time (yeah, right! Like that's ever gonna happen!)

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 3:42am — 2 Comments

Two great new Spring releases of note

Susan Fleet has just published her New Orleans-based mystery, Absolution. Check out her website for more information.

Christopher Rice, coincidentally a New Orleans native, just published his most recent crime fiction novel, Blind Fall. Check out his website for additional information.

Posted on March 16, 2008 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Jonathan Alfred Morales

Today I was able to get the LA Times homicide report on the murder near my home. Jonathan Alfred Morales,

age 17, was stabbed at approximately 6:37 p.m. One suspect is in

custody and another remains at large.

Every victim of a violent crime deserves some

dignity. It began, for me, by finding the name of the victim. As a

writer and afficionado of mystery fiction, I like to maintain the myth

that justice is done, that wounds are healed, grievances are… Continue

Posted on October 26, 2007 at 7:57am

Inside the crimescene

Last night I arrived home to find that my

apartment building was inside the perimeter of a crimescene. It offered a very different perspective on the

sight, one few novelists (and never on television)

describe. I was not there as a reporter, nor a witness, neither casual observer nor victim.


finally was allowed to enter in order to go home. My brother, on the

other hand, was not allowed to retrieve his car to go to work; no one


leave the… Continue

Posted on October 26, 2007 at 7:24am

West Hollywood Book Fair

The 6th annual West Hollywood Book Fair last

weekend was hit --especially the track of mystery panels organized by

local author John Morgan Wilson. There were a number of mystery fans

--and writers-- in attendance.

After the LA Times Festival of Books each

April, the WHBF has grown in a relatively short time to become the

second largest literary event in Southern California. It is no where as

crowded, however. Yes, people do read in Southern… Continue

Posted on October 5, 2007 at 10:27am

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At 2:36am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Mark , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

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!"

Book Synopsis:

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.
At 4:50am on July 31, 2009, Jon Loomis said…
Hi Mark--thanks! They got a couple of things wrong--probably my fault--but in all I was very pleased. If you haven't seen the Miss Ellie slideshow on their website, it's pretty great!
At 8:06pm on October 11, 2007, Fabrizio Fulio - Bragoni said…
breathless fans are (and actually always will be) welcome....
At 4:10am on October 6, 2007, Adam Haynes said…
Good to meet you friend.
At 10:07am on October 5, 2007, Naomi Hirahara said…
Hey, is that the same Nick's on Spring St. on the north side of L.A.? I've passed it countless times but never had a chance to eat there. Is it good? Have you tried Texas BBQ on Figueroa? Yum.

p.s. What is a literary curator?
At 10:13am on August 28, 2007, Kelli Stanley said…
Mark, I love the picture of Red's! One of our noir landmarks.

I hope you got a chance to check out the Pickwick Hotel, across from the Old Mint on 5th. It's mentioned in The Maltese Falcon (as was John's Grill, which features a Hammett room).
At 8:38am on August 28, 2007, Mark Haile said…
Well, I'm back from our cross-California road trip; the only one-of-a-kind eatery I could mention that we actually ate at was the Hickory Pit in Walnut Creek... I was so stuffed I forgot to ask about their "San Francisco silk pie."

Walnut Creek is seriously lacking in noir, but beneath their pleasant suburban veneer, I'd learned thanks to "Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans" by Jean Pfaelzer, there's a lot of commensurate nasty stuff that went on during the "yellow peril" era of California's history... not the kind of stuff that the Chamber of Commerce wants to include in their description of the town's history!
At 12:14pm on August 27, 2007, Newt Love said…
I lived in Mar Vista, off the end of the Sant Monica airport. Loved the Rick's cafe picture!
If a author writes a novel in the forest, and nobody reads it, did it make a sound?
I'm newt, slithering from the shallow end of the gene pool, into the open ocean. Sharks are likely to eat me before the salt water kills me, but who wants a quiet life?

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