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About Me:
I live in Crouch End, North London, where I write historical crime fiction as RN Morris and contemporary urban fiction as Roger Morris. Sometimes I have to remind myself who I am.

Married, two kids.

I'm the author of A Gentle Axe and A Vengeful Longing, two novels set in 19th century St Petersburg featuring Porfiry Petrovich from Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. (Faber in the UK, Penguin in the US)

I also wrote a contemporary thriller called Taking Comfort (Macmillan New Writing 2006).
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Books And Authors I Like:
Too many, too difficult! But...

Dostoevsky, of course. My novels are a tribute to him. Plus Tolstoy and Turgenev.

For crime, Andrew Taylor's The American Boy impressed me enormously. I like the lyricism of James Lee Burke and Peter Temple. Another writer in a similar vein is Brian McGilloway - check out his Borderlands. Oh God this is so difficult!!!! Jim Thompson's Pop.1280 is a Dostoevskyan masterpiece. I must also mention my fellow North London Historical Crime Writers, Lee Jackson, Andrew Martin and Frank Tallis. Recently read the first Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo Beck novel and thought it was fab, so I intend to pursue the series. Simenon, of course. Will that do for now?
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I'm getting into Madmen.

My secret vice, though, is America's Next Top Model.

The original CSI.

Waking The Dead.

Blood in the Wire.

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To the girl reading The Gentle Axe on the yellow line

It's always been a fantasy of mine to spot someone on the tube (aka London Underground) reading one of my books. I don't think I would ever actually say anything to them. It might be just a little too odd. (Though possibly I might have to say something, just to explain why I was looking at them like a stalker and grinning weirdly to myself.)

So far it's never happened, but I learnt yesterday that the next best thing has. Maybe it's an even better thing, I don't know. You decide.… Continue

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 6:08am — 1 Comment

Crime Squad's Top Ten Books for 2008

I'm in it, just - at number 10!

Here's the full list:

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Quercus £7.99

2. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith

Pocket Books £7.99

3. Blood From Stone - Frances Fyfield

Sphere £12.99

4. A Simple Act of Violence -… Continue

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 10:15pm

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At 3:05am on April 30, 2009, Robin Jarossi said…
I finally reached the last episode of The Wire – a two-hour special. I can't bring myself to watch it, because then I'll have to go back to The Shield, which is good. But I'll miss Bunk and the gang.
At 7:32am on March 1, 2009, Shannon said…
Thanks for the befriending, Roger! America's Next Top Model?!! I can see it, I guess...some of the things that go on there should be a crime. :-)
Happy Writing, Shannon
At 3:14am on March 1, 2009, Ann Reillet said…
Thanks for the add and hugs from America;-)
At 11:24pm on August 27, 2008, Pauline Rowson said…
Two weeks without a computer ! How on earth did you survive? You have my greatest admiration. Yes, I am sure we'll meet at some convention or other, pehaps a CWA do, or a Society of Authors Meeting. I'm in London for the AGM are you attending it? Thanks for the mention about the Red Room. I'm now on that too and must also catch up with all my social networking. At this rate we'll never find time to write.
At 5:23pm on August 7, 2008, Pauline Rowson said…
Hi Roger, I fouund you! This sort of thing becomes addictive. I must get back to some 'proper' writing. My Inspector Horton awaits me. Deadly Waters, the second in the series has just been published in paperback and the third, The Suffocating Sea, is in hardback. I've also written two contemporary thrillers, In Cold Daylight, which was shortlisted for the World Book Day Prize 2008, and In For The Kill. But of course you know that. That's really for others reading your wall! I was also long-listed for the Dagger in the Library Award this year, but sadly didn't make the shortlist - maybe next time... regards, Pauline.
At 9:11am on June 11, 2008, Brian McGilloway said…
Hi Roger

Good to meet here - and congrats on the shortlisting. Great news.
At 7:49pm on June 9, 2008, Chris Ewan said…
Hello Roger. Good to see you on here. Maybe one day we'll even meet for real!

At 6:25pm on June 7, 2008, Alex Scarrow said…
hi, pleasure to connect with you. (outside of absolutewrite) How goes it for you thus far? Slavishly checking your amazon rankings? :-)
At 5:50am on June 7, 2008, J. Kingston Pierce said…
Thanks for the invitation, Roger. By the way, I recently finished A VENGEFUL LONGING, and loved it. I definitely look forward to #3.

At 3:15am on June 7, 2008, Anne Brooke said…
Thanks for the add, Roger - though I must admit I rarely use the site now.

Hugs though


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