In a first novel I made the mistake of having the Chicago River flow the way most rivers flow, into larger lower bodies of water. Good guess, no? But it's wrong. Engineers have reversed the flow so that Chicago's sewage doesn't flow right into its fresh water intake. It was a small error but from then on I wanted to get everything right, even if the story could get along well with faking it. Even one of Ray Bradbury's short stories had the moons of Mars revolving the wrong way around the parent planet, and if you notice things like this, it's jarring.
Hi Dusty, thanks for visiting my page and the kind words about Secondhand Smoke! (I've been on vacation and out of the loop, which is why I'm so tardy in responding!) I've got your new book in my TBR pile; can't wait!
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the murderati contest! Have The Devil's Hand at home to read (actually bought it after 'running into you' at TLC) this weekend (even though I'm also writing...). Those 'quotes' would make a great book by themselves.
Thank you for e-vite. I swear I've seen your name in about a dozen author blogs, your peers speak very highly of you! If you dug "Hard Boiled," you should check out one of Woo's disciples, Ringo Lam. His best is "Full Contact" and is as close as most Honk Kong flicks come to a complete script.
Hey JD - Thanks for inviting me to be on your list - you spoke at our Sisters in Crime group in Greenville, South Carolina last year. I think you are supposed to come back this year but I may be mistaken.
Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us this go round - E :)
Mr Rhoades, consider me humbled that an illustrious scribe such as yourself should deign to fraternise with a scruffy hack like myself ... much obliged for the invite, sir. Why not trundle on over to Crime Always Pays and do a Q&A for us, we'll plug whatever book you want us to ... Cheers, Dec