Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense Blog
Sunday, 16 February 2014 09:56
Patrick Lee’s four paperback originals melded adventure with a bit of science fiction. Lee now makes his hard-cover debut with Runner, which should put him in the same leagues as Tom Clancy and Robin Cook
In Runner, former Delta Sam Dryden is drawn out of his secluded life to help a 12-year-old girl who is in danger. Lee deftly weaves in technology, medical science, and government conspiracies in a tight plot.
We caught up with Lee, left, before the launch of Runner.
Q: What did you do before you became a full-time writer?
Q: What kind of research do you do for your plots?
Q: Runner has been optioned by Warner Bros. Who do you see playing Sam Dryden?
Q: When not writing, what do you do?
Q: Why are you a writer?
Q: Do you still write screenplays?
Q: How old were you when you decided you wanted to write?
Q: Who do you read?
Q: If you were not a writer, what occupation would you go into?
Q: Tell us something that readers don’t know about you
Q: Any thoughts as Runner hits the bookstores and reading devices?
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 05:34
Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, Ian Rankin and others have each been on his show and expect more this year.
So it was amusing the other night when Jim Parsons, Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory, talked about how much he also enjoys the mystery genre.
Craig Ferguson photo courtesy CBS
Friday, 07 February 2014 23:15
Titus Welliver is the Bosch we’ve been waiting for.
In the TV adaptation of Michael Connelly’s novels, character actor Welliver plays Harry Bosch, the iconic LAPD detective of Connelly’s novels.
Bosch’s launch is a bit different than most TV series.
Judging from the Bosch pilot, Michael Connelly fans definitely will want to vote positively and write glowing reviews to get this launched.
Welliver embodies the character of Bosch, who Connelly has written about in some 20 novels. The character actor has long been considered an actor’s actor, one who blends into a role, making each appearance different.
The Bosch pilot was written by Connelly and Treme co-creator Eric Overmeyer, who are executive producing. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) is producing and Jim McKay is the director.
In the pilot, Bosch works to solve the murder of a 13-year-old boy while the detective is standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.
Bosch is based on the novels City of Bones and The Concrete Blonde – as well as a short story called Cielo Azul. Long-time readers will notice snippets from those novels as well as other scenes from Connelly’s novels.
Bosch also features a solid supporting cast including Lance Reddick (The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving; Jamie Hector as Bosch’s partner Jerry Edgar; Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets, among others.
While the Bosch of Connelly’s novels is a Vietnam veteran, the TV version updates the character.
Bosch is set in contemporary Los Angeles, which, as in Connelly’s novels is a character in itself. A moody patina envelops the beautiful cinematography.
I always prefer the novels to the film versions of anything. But Bosch is a good companion to Connelly’s books.
Now, when I read Connelly’s novels, I will picture Welliver.
Vote for Bosch. The sooner the better.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:27
Linwood Barclay has a hobby—an extensive train set in the basement of his Canadian home. I found out about this thanks to a Facebook posting by Owen Laukkanen, another Canadian author.
Barclay’s novels are gripping domestic thrillers in which ordinary people are caught up in situations they never imagined.
As you can see in the photo at left, it is more than a train set. It is a complete town with cars and people. And it appears to be stuck in the 1940s or 1950s. The video in which he explains his hobby also is cool.
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