New crime novel: CROAKED!. Previous books: SLEEPING DOG (winner, Nero Wolf Award, one of 100 Best Mysteries of the Millennium), LAUGHING DOG, LUCKY DOG (short stories), BLUE BAYOU, THE NEON SMILE. Columnist, LATimes for a long, long time (won Ellen Nehr Award for mystery criticism in 2003). Prior to all that, worked as skip-tracer, tour conductor, editor at TV Guide, copywriter for Playboy.
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Books And Authors I Like:
All by Raymond Chandler, even Playback, All by Dashiell Hammett except The Thin Man, Craig Rice' John J. Malone novels, Leslie Charteris, the great Ross Thomas, Graham Greene, John le Carre, James Lee Burke, Jan Burke, Mike Connelly, George Pelecanos, Gerald Petievich (particularly Earth Angel), Ed Gorman (particularly the Sam McCains), Larry Block, Don Westlake (prefer the Parkers over the Dortmunders) -- too many more.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The usual movies: The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Chinatown, All-time favorite is The Third Man. Never can see it enough. Also, Twilight, The Usual Suspects, Witness for the Prosecution, North by Northwest, The Narrow Margin. TV: The Rockford Files, best PI series ever. Ten-Speed and Brown Shoe, Peter Gunn. Currently: Veronica Mars, Sopranos and both The Riches and Raines look like they may work out.
Dick, I enjoyed your review of DEAD HEAT, by Dick Francis and Felix Francis in this morning's Los Angeles Times. I have read and enjoyed Dick Francis books in the past, but judging from what you said about the latest one, I suspect your review is more fun to read than the book.
Dick, we met a few times, years ago, while I lived in LA and attended MWA meetings. Was in LA in late June trying to set up some signings and picked uip Croaked in Thousand Oaks. Have Sleeping Dogs and Laughing Dogs in my library. I see we are both Five Star authors; I am honored to be in the company of of writers like you and Jerry Healy.
Yes, I do remember when our books were Mystery Guild selections at the same time. Also, a poker-playing friend of mine, Jerry Turner, has always spoken highly of you. I believe you and he lived in the same neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago years back when he worked for Marshall Field's and you were writing mysteries and also, if memory serves, freelancing for Playboy, among others. Jerry is in semi-retirement now at Seabrook Island, S.C., playing a lot of golf.
I just talked to him, and he sends his best. Good to hear from you, Dick!