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Pretoria, South Africa
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Richard Kunzmann published his first police procedural in the UK at the tender age of 26, and Bloody Harvests was immediately short-listed for the Crime Writers Association’s lucrative J.C.W. Creasy Award for Best New Novel, in 2002. Publication of Bloody Harvests and his second thriller, Salamander Cotton, quickly followed in all English language territories.

The Washington Post has described his writing as ‘recalling "No Country for Old Men" and other Cormac McCarthy novels that focus a literary sensibility on bloodcurdling events’, while the Sunday Times hailed him as ‘an impressive new talent in the thriller genre’. The Cape Times says of his latest book, Dead-End Road, ‘It stands head and shoulders among the many crime novels we are confronted with’.

Richard’s police procedurals explore a contemporary South Africa and a society that is a wonderful collage of African and Western traditions fused into the everyday lived experiences of South Africans.

His fourth book, The Price of a Country, will be the first in a new series pf psychological thrillers, and is due for publication in February 2010.
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Books And Authors I Like:
James Lee Burke, Raymond Chandler, Chelsea Cain, Edgar Alan Poe, Natsuo Kirino, Michael Marshall Smith, Joseph Wambaugh ... these are just the crime writers.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Unusual Suspects, The Wire, Human Stain, LA Confidential, Memento, Seven, Angel Heart, American Beauty, Requiem for a Dream ... etc.

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Review: A Deadly Trade, Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley A week ago I reviewed A Carrion Death, written by Michael Stanley (the pen name of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip). Not only was it a strong first attempt at a crime novel set in an exotic setting, it was also a sheer act of determination and personal marketing that eventually saw the book break through to the LA Times bestseller.

A Deadly Trade With A… Continue

Posted on May 14, 2009 at 5:46pm

Review: A Carrion Death, Michael Stanley

Alexander McCall-Smith’s No. 1 Detective Agency introduced us to a delightfully fresh setting for crime stories, namely Botswana. His well-known work, featuring the much-loved Mma Ramotswe is a rollicking string of morality tales imbued with good humour and an African charm uniquely its own. But his stories can be seen as deflecting from the true nature of crime, hankering instead after an Africa that’s more nostalgia than reality.

Not so… Continue

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 9:31am

South Africa's first crime anthology puts me in a reflective mood about short stories

South Africa’s first anthology of short crime fiction was recently released, to much fanfare. Bad Company, edited by Joanne Hichens, features short fiction by Deon Meyer, Michael Stanley, Margie Orford, Andrew Brown, Mike Nichol, me and many more, and has a great introduction by Lee Child. The publishers, Pan Macmillan, should be commended for sticking out their heads to get the project done, because hardly any of the big-name publishers will touch an anthology these days. Why?… Continue

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 8:05pm

Review: The Third Person, Steve Mosby

I for one am very happy to see when a crime author decides to blend genres and firmly leaps out of the box create for the genre. Steve Mosby presents us with an excellent crime story, which has elements of speculative science fiction chucked in, along with a dash of horror.

Steve Mosby published his first book at about the same time as me, and at about the same age, around 26. When I read The Third Person, it left me gobsmacked and not a little jealous. If he can… Continue

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 7:24pm

Review: Last Car To Elysian Fields, James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is arguably one of America’s greatest hardboiled detective authors, and Last Car to Elysian Fields not only does that reputation justice, it strengthens his position as a crime writer with an immense literary range that borders on the poetic.

Detective Dave Robicheaux is asked by Father Jimmie Dolan to join him on a trip into St. James Parish, where he meets the daughter of a musician who disappeared years before. Soon strange links begin to emerge between… Continue

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 7:03pm

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At 9:50am on March 9, 2010, Victoria Dougherty said…
I've never read The Very Long Engagement, but I will now. Thanks for the recommendation.
At 2:40am on May 22, 2009, Reece Hirsch said…
Thanks, Richard. I certainly hope your editor is right about financial thrillers. If I somehow manage to hit the market at a time when that genre is hot, it will be purely a matter of luck. I wish you success with your new thriller series!
At 3:50am on April 21, 2009, Luis said…
Hello, thanks for the author recommendations for London; I will probably take one or two with me.

But, you shouldn't think you dissapointed me, it seems like I should have paid more attention to what your work was about before putting my foot in it. Anyway, no loss because your work interests me as well because it involves parts of the world I have never visited!

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