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Wake Up Dead: Interview with a Killer

While I was researching WAKE UP DEAD, I met a man who had spent 30 years in prison in Cape Town, South Africa, and had become a general in one of the feared Number Gangs. I based WAKE UP DEAD's psychopathic Piper on some of what he told me. Recently he allowed me to shoot an interview with him. Much of what he decribes -- including a brutal prison murder -- has never been captured on video before.…


Added by roger smith on June 10, 2010 at 12:18am — No Comments


2009 was a great year for my debut thriller MIXED BLOOD. It was published internationally, is in development for a movie with Samuel L. Jackson, and made a number of end of year lists. A huge "thank you" to all who have supported my novel.

Dave Zeltserman @ Flashlight Worthy (#1 Crime pick of the… Continue

Added by roger smith on January 12, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

My FIVE BEST READS of 2009 (in alphabetical order)

AMERICAN RUST - Philipp Meyer, AWAIT YOUR REPLY - Dan Chaon, PARIAH - Dave Zeltserman, RAVENS - George Dawes Green, ROAD DOGS - Elmore Leonard.

Added by roger smith on December 26, 2009 at 2:02am — No Comments

Okay, just to prove that authors DO read rotten Amazon reviews, here are my three favorites for MIXED BLOOD in 2009:

J. STORM: “It was like sitting through jury duty, waiting for your name to be called, all the while pretending to glance through the subpar magazine selections in the waiting room. (Not a lot of love in that waiting room . . .)

SALLY ATMAN: “I barely made it through this book; I dreaded what I was going to find on the page every time I picked it up.” (Bits of yesterday’s breakfast… Continue

Added by roger smith on December 24, 2009 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

Variety reports that Phillip Noyce will direct Mixed Blood the movie

Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Screen International have given a lot of space to the announcement that Phillip Noyce will helm the… Continue

Added by roger smith on June 18, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Mixed Blood by Roger Smith hits the shelves

My debut thriller, Mixed Blood (Henry Holt & Co), is available today in the US.

An American, hiding out in Cape Town, South Africa, after being blackmailed into a bank heist back home, is building a new life for his pregnant… Continue

Added by roger smith on March 4, 2009 at 1:45am — No Comments

German translation of MIXED BLOOD by Roger Smith on 10 Best list

The German translation of Mixed Blood by Roger Smith Kap der Finsternis is on the KrimiWelt 10 Best crime novel list for March 2009.

The best of the best:… Continue

Added by roger smith on March 2, 2009 at 10:11pm — No Comments


The rights to my debut thriller Mixed Blood (Henry Holt & Co 03 03 2009) have been optioned by GreeneStreet Films (NYC) with Samuel L. Jackson attached to star and Kelly Masterson (Before The Devil knows You're Dead) to write the screenplay. Active negotiations are underway for Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, The Quiet American) to direct. Via Jody Hotchkiss at Hotchkiss & Associates.

Added by roger smith on February 8, 2009 at 4:15am — 3 Comments

"Mixed Blood" reviewed by the Big 4

My debut thriller Mixed Blood (March 03 Henry Holt) has been reviewed by all four influential US pre-pub journals:Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist.

"Smith plays out . . . that chilling sense of inevitability that is at the heart of the best noir. Like George… Continue

Added by roger smith on January 31, 2009 at 10:56pm — 2 Comments

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