I'm a writer of fiction and non-fiction. I was a journalist for many years, 11 of them living and working in Asia. I'm currently writing the Ray Sharp series of detective thrillers. The books are based on stories that I covered while working in Asia.
The newest book is SHANGHAIED. It's book four in the series. The first three books in the Ray Sharp series (in order) are:THE LIVING ROOM OF THE DEAD, GRAVE IMPORTS and FLIGHT OF THE HORNBILL.
I also wrote a true crime / sports biography of the greatest prison baseball player of all time: WRONG SIDE OF THE WALL.
As for the personal stuff: I like traveling to strange places and trying to talk with people whose language I don't speak. I love urban exploration - especially by car - which I know isn't PC but I grew up in Los Angeles and have gasoline in my blood. (I also love long road trips, which is why I usually drive on my book tours.) I love cooking and am a pretty good cook if I say so myself. I love blues, 1940s and early '50s bebop - especially honking sax, and a lot of strange foreign pop music. I've worked as a photographer and now just do it for fun. I read more non-fiction than fiction, especially history and biography. I love baseball and have recently particularly enjoyed minor league games. I live with Eva (girlfriend, SO, partner?) in Silverlake, one of my favorite neighborhoods in the world and can see the Griffith Park Observatory and part of the Hollywood sign out my home-office window. You want any more than that, you're just going to have to ask.
Chester Himes, Dan Fesperman, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman, Loren Estleman, Jonathan Valin (where'd he go anyhow?), Martin Limon, Colin Cotterill, Qiu Xiaolong, Graham Greene, William T. Vollmann, Eduardo Galleano, Mark Twain, Christa Faust, Sophie Littlefield, Flannery O'Connor. A bunch of others. My favorite book of all time is Moby Dick. I reread it once every 10 years or so.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: Battle of Algiers, King Kong (the original), Sullivan's Travels, The Killer, Christine, Barton Fink, Badlands, Ali Fear Eats the Soul, Chinatown, Painted Faces, The Conformist, Once Upon a Time in America, Infernal Affairs, The Big Heat and others that escape me at the moment.