I'd like to thank CJ for his comments below. I removed Alan's original comment only because it gives away the book's ending, which isn't kosher for a public forum, but I do appreciate any reader trying my books, and if Alan wishes to continue the discussion privately so spoilers aren't divulged, I'm more than happy to do so.
I have to disagree with Alan’s comment below. I hope you guys don’t mind me eavesdropping, but I feel like I just walked by a rude, schoolhouse, bully that’s farting on a playground victim. The violence in “Outsourced” is appropriate for these types noir fiction, and as for the ending, Dave is a savvy enough writer to avoid cliché endings that plague most crime fiction. My thought is if you go through to trouble of reading a novel from cover to cover at least provide a response that’s deserving of the author’s respect instead of a rude, knee-jerk, reaction. CJ
Hi Dave. Hopedale is next to Milford, down in the Franklin/Bellingham area. It's not 10 minutes from Woonsocket. Everyday I take the Franklin/Forge Park commuter and Red Line into Cambridge, to knock out technical documentation for a biotech.
We should grab a beer someday. We can invite Henry Louis Gates and that Cambridge cop.... :-)
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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.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
I wrote a post-apocalyptic action flick that was shot in the Philippines. It might be released in the States on DVD, not sure when. I helped out on the script for Dinocroc vs. Supergator which is in postproduction (Possibly David Caradine’s last movie). Hopefully, it will end up on the Sci-Fi channel.
I have talked to Roger Corman many times over the phone but haven’t met him in person. A great guy to work for.
As to your comment about web-zines being detrimental to writers, I’ll just say this… I would’ve never landed in the Best American Mystery Stories if it weren’t for Thug Lit. And I would’ve never been contacted by New Horizon’s if it wasn’t for the story in Best American.
I grew up in Boulder. I now live in Longmont which is just outside of Boulder. Thanks for the advice about the Poisened Press Bookstore. I haven't been spending much time trying to get it into brick and mortar bookstores, instead focusing on sales through Amazon. Fortunately, Allan Guthrie has been a big supporter of the book and has been helping me get some positive reviews. Anyway, if you're ever going to be in Boulder, let me know. I owe you a beer or ten.
Somehow my message to you came out somewhat incoherent. Sorry. Started Pariah and I'm loving it. My family came over from Galway and ran the city of Charlestown for about 80 years. This goes way back. Whitey knew my family, and I knew his. I hope your book soars. Only criminals like Kevin Weeks, Eddie Mackenzie, and Red Shea have seemed to profit from mayhem they created. Good luck.
Dave, I finished small crimes and was enthralled. I got a real POP. 1280 It came as close to anybody outdide of Thompson at capturing the existential compression of the small characters that effect out lives. You may be the new 'dime store Dostoyevsky '. Nick Corey really comes into a wondeful composite life. I've already ordered Fast Lane and Pariah from overseas where the release date is much sooner. I can't wait to start Pariah, That's was my neck of the woods before everyone started turning rat. I'll raise a glass to Pat Nee. Slainte. Good luck with everything.
Saw your response to my comment on your blog. Are you talking about the story that broke about Bulger's sexual escapades? I know you were working on this long before that, Because we spoke about PARIAH aound the time SMALL CRIMES was released.