You've got a remarkable memory. Yes, you remember the Ellroy interview correctly. The interview, combined with an earlier one and with some additional material previously held back, will appear in Rogue Males, a second interview book to be published by Bleak House later this year.
Ellroy told me a bit off the record about volume 3 and the three characters who would anchor it, but I wasn't permitted to share much beyond the fact that Pete Bondurant won't return, and Tedrow will. Since that interview, it's been confirmed that the third volume will be called Blood's A Rover, and now involves two key female characters; whether they supplanted the original three guys Ellroy told me about in 2006 is unknown to me, although I believe the book is expected to appear this year.
Thank you very much for the well-wishes on the nomination, and I look forward to your review of Head Games.
Thanks for blogging about the book, by the way, I did mention it on my blog, but the only German speaking author I know is author IJ Parker (wonderful series set in ancient Japan - if you don't know her work, I can send you a book). Anyway, about Winspear/Bruen - I knew there had to be a similarity somewhere. Their lack of Edgars is probably it.
Bernd, thanks for the invite! My German is far too rusty to even attempt here, and I'd end up embarrassing myself if I tried. It's nice to meet you and I look forward to trying to brush up my German enough to read your blog.
Wow, a microbiologist. If you ever write, that kind of character would be great for a crime novel. Thanks for being and reader and surely happy to have a friend in Germany - a wave from New Orleans, USA. My book, The Beatitudes, is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. It will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Libraries support the infrastructure of a great city, so I have started The Beatitudes Network to promote awareness of the importance of public libraries in NOLA.
The blogsite www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com describes the Network, has excerpts from The Beatitudes, recipes, and more. Merci mille fois. Lyn Lejeune.
Writers, please pass the word…..it’s for a good cause….don’t let the libraries of New Orleans or the US go the way of The Great Library of Alexandria. P.S. just posted an excerpt on my Crimespace page.
Thanks for your Comment, Bernd. Glad you liked the interview with Nancy Pickard on Poe's Deadly Daughters. I unexpectedly sat at her table at the Agatha Awards banquet (Virgin of Small Plains deservedly won Best Novel), and she is a friendly, gracious, and unpretentious lady--or as we say in the US, quite a gal! My blog sisters will be pleased to hear we have a reader in Germany--are you in Bavaria? Liz
Death Will Get You Sober (St. Martin's April 2008)
Bernd, Thank you so much for that. An little news, I've just received an endorsement of my writing from Hakan Nesser. We met in Seattle and again in New York. A very nice man. His endorsement may make the cover of some of my books to come out soon in Norwegian. Rick
Brend: Thanks so much for contacting me, hope you'll consider reviewing my books and introducing them to followers of "Watching The Detectives." They are available off of amazon.de in English only. In 2009, I hope to see my upcoming stand alone global thriller SIX SECONDS released in Germany through my new publisher MIRA.
Thanks for the remark concerning Ms. Lippmann. She's very easy to interview. She didn't even know who I was, but was willing to answer questions. Thanks also for your comments on crimileser (crime reader?). I have no idea what you're saying about me, but all promotion is good promotion.
Hi Bernd, thanks for the invite, I really appreciate it. I see that Ken Bruen fits seamlessly into your list of 'mostly American' writers you like ... a wonderful writer, and a marvellous standard-bearer for Irish crime fiction. Chat soon, Declan
Bernd, thanks in advance for the review,and at the risk of pissing off my UK publishers, I completely agree about the title. I have more say over my US titles, but in the UK they kind of do what they want. I think the idea was that placing city names in the titles (the same thing happened to the next book--Liberation Movements; or, The Istanbul Variations) would raise market appeal. Didn't work as far as I know. (A similar title plan happened in France, where the first 2 books used the word "Comrade"; luckily, by #3 they gave up on this.)
I agree, Bernd--influences become so much of the cultural fabric that even if you haven't read someone, you end up absorbing their work.
Reviewers cited Le Carre (who I had read at that point), Greene (who I hadn't), Bohumil Hrabal (still don't know who that is), Kundera (read, but I'm certainly nowhere near that level of brilliance), Alan Furst (hadn't heard of at the time) and Robert Harris (still haven't read).