Wednesday, 04 January 2012

James_M._Cain091911Judging from the start I have on mysteries that will be published this year, 2012 is shaping up to be a very good year indeed.

One of the hot new novels scheduled to be published this year will be from one of the genre's masters -- James M. Cain, the late author of such noir classics as The Postman Rings Twice and Double Indemnity.

Hard Case Crime plans to publish during October, 2012, Cain's novel The Cocktail Waitress, the last book he wrote before his death in 1977, but which was never published.

The Cocktail Waitress is the story of Joan Medford, a beautiful young widow who begins to work in a bar following the death of her husband under "suspicious circumstances." There she meets a handsome young schemer she falls in love with and a wealthy older man she marries.

In a 1976 interview with Film Comment magazine and quoted by the Pulp Serenade web site, Cain said that "in my stories there's usually stuff that you wouldn't think any human being would tell at all."

"I've just finished a book called The Cocktail Waitress, where the girl tells her story, and there's some pretty intimate stuff. This girl, like most women, is very reticent about some things – you know, the sex scenes, where she spent the night with a guy. I had her tell enough so that what happened was clear and, at the same time, not go into details. Once she lingered with a sex scene, as if she wanted to tell it," Cain said in the magazine interview.

The manuscript includes numerous notes and edits by Cain, according to Charles Ardai, founder and editor of Hard Case Crime.

"It’s a bit hard to say how close to his death the last revisions were, since they’re handwritten and undated, but I believe he wrote the first draft of the book around 1975 and he died in 1977, so any revisions pretty much had to have been made close to the time of his death. There are numerous handwritten notes and edits by Cain; I’ve spent much of the past few months working on deciphering them," said Ardai.

Cain also wrote several novels not considered crime fiction, such as Serenade and Mildred Pierce, which was made into an Oscar-winning movie in 1945 starring Joan Crawford and an intriguing 2011 HBO series starring Kate Winslet.

Cain was quoted as disliking being labeled as a hard-boiled author: “I make no conscious effort to be tough, or hard-boiled, or grim, or any of the things I am usually called.”

In the introduction to Double Indemnity, Cain said: “I merely try to write as the character would write, and I never forget that the average man, from the fields, the streets, the bars, the offices, and even the gutters of his country, has acquired a vividness of speech that goes beyond anything I could invent.”

I hope 2012 brings a renewed interest to Cain's wonderful work.

James M. Cain's 'New' Work
Oline Cogdill
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James_M._Cain091911Judging from the start I have on mysteries that will be published this year, 2012 is shaping up to be a very good year indeed.

One of the hot new novels scheduled to be published this year will be from one of the genre's masters -- James M. Cain, the late author of such noir classics as The Postman Rings Twice and Double Indemnity.

Hard Case Crime plans to publish during October, 2012, Cain's novel The Cocktail Waitress, the last book he wrote before his death in 1977, but which was never published.

The Cocktail Waitress is the story of Joan Medford, a beautiful young widow who begins to work in a bar following the death of her husband under "suspicious circumstances." There she meets a handsome young schemer she falls in love with and a wealthy older man she marries.

In a 1976 interview with Film Comment magazine and quoted by the Pulp Serenade web site, Cain said that "in my stories there's usually stuff that you wouldn't think any human being would tell at all."

"I've just finished a book called The Cocktail Waitress, where the girl tells her story, and there's some pretty intimate stuff. This girl, like most women, is very reticent about some things – you know, the sex scenes, where she spent the night with a guy. I had her tell enough so that what happened was clear and, at the same time, not go into details. Once she lingered with a sex scene, as if she wanted to tell it," Cain said in the magazine interview.

The manuscript includes numerous notes and edits by Cain, according to Charles Ardai, founder and editor of Hard Case Crime.

"It’s a bit hard to say how close to his death the last revisions were, since they’re handwritten and undated, but I believe he wrote the first draft of the book around 1975 and he died in 1977, so any revisions pretty much had to have been made close to the time of his death. There are numerous handwritten notes and edits by Cain; I’ve spent much of the past few months working on deciphering them," said Ardai.

Cain also wrote several novels not considered crime fiction, such as Serenade and Mildred Pierce, which was made into an Oscar-winning movie in 1945 starring Joan Crawford and an intriguing 2011 HBO series starring Kate Winslet.

Cain was quoted as disliking being labeled as a hard-boiled author: “I make no conscious effort to be tough, or hard-boiled, or grim, or any of the things I am usually called.”

In the introduction to Double Indemnity, Cain said: “I merely try to write as the character would write, and I never forget that the average man, from the fields, the streets, the bars, the offices, and even the gutters of his country, has acquired a vividness of speech that goes beyond anything I could invent.”

I hope 2012 brings a renewed interest to Cain's wonderful work.

Saturday, 31 December 2011

White_RandyWayneFor the past four years, Randy Wayne White, author of the Doc Ford novels, has started the new year off swimming with the SEALS.

Navy SEALS, that is.

The swim across Tampa Bay is a fundraiser to raise money for those brave men and women who have fought for this country. Last year, with only three weeks notice, more than 100 people gathered at Gandy Beach to swim and offer support, raising more than $30,000 for a severely injured active duty Navy SEAL.

The swim has been formally named the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim and is supported by the Navy SEAL Foundation. The 2012 Tampa Bay Frogman Swim's 5k Open Water Swim and Fundraiser will be Jan. 8. More information is at the Web site.

The swim is open to anyone who can make the swim.

Randy has been making the swim for the past three years but this year there is a wrinkle in his plans.

Randy tore his rotator cuff and can't do the actual swim. But he will be there as a safety volunteer.

In an email, he mentioned that he was not happy to have to forgo the swim but wants to support the fund-raiser.

"Warm this year so an easy swim, damn. I'll bring box of books to sign for those who donate!" he wrote.

I was on the beach when Randy made his first swim with the SEALS. I was there to interview him for a cover story for Mystery Scene. My husband and I waited on the beach on Tampa Bay on what was one of the coldest mornings as the swimmers came ashore. (The photo was taken by my husband, Bill Hirschman). (The interview ran in the Winter 2010 Issue, No. 113.)

It was an amazing sight and no could help but be moved by watching these hearty men and women come ashore, freezing, but happy and knowing they had just raised money for a SEAL who had been disabled fighting for our country.

In the Mystery Scene profile, Randy discussed his volunteer work and I hope the story gave readers a different view of this author. His latest book Chasing Midnight, his 19th novel about Doc Ford, a marine biologist and former government op who lives on Florida’s Sanibel Island, will be published in March.

Happy New Year to all our readers. The entire Mystery Scene staff is grateful to each of our readers;

And best of luck to those who are making the swim and those, such as Randy Wayne White, who are there as safety volunteers.

Randy Wayne White's Seal Swim
Oline Cogdill
randy-wayne-whites-seal-swim

White_RandyWayneFor the past four years, Randy Wayne White, author of the Doc Ford novels, has started the new year off swimming with the SEALS.

Navy SEALS, that is.

The swim across Tampa Bay is a fundraiser to raise money for those brave men and women who have fought for this country. Last year, with only three weeks notice, more than 100 people gathered at Gandy Beach to swim and offer support, raising more than $30,000 for a severely injured active duty Navy SEAL.

The swim has been formally named the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim and is supported by the Navy SEAL Foundation. The 2012 Tampa Bay Frogman Swim's 5k Open Water Swim and Fundraiser will be Jan. 8. More information is at the Web site.

The swim is open to anyone who can make the swim.

Randy has been making the swim for the past three years but this year there is a wrinkle in his plans.

Randy tore his rotator cuff and can't do the actual swim. But he will be there as a safety volunteer.

In an email, he mentioned that he was not happy to have to forgo the swim but wants to support the fund-raiser.

"Warm this year so an easy swim, damn. I'll bring box of books to sign for those who donate!" he wrote.

I was on the beach when Randy made his first swim with the SEALS. I was there to interview him for a cover story for Mystery Scene. My husband and I waited on the beach on Tampa Bay on what was one of the coldest mornings as the swimmers came ashore. (The photo was taken by my husband, Bill Hirschman). (The interview ran in the Winter 2010 Issue, No. 113.)

It was an amazing sight and no could help but be moved by watching these hearty men and women come ashore, freezing, but happy and knowing they had just raised money for a SEAL who had been disabled fighting for our country.

In the Mystery Scene profile, Randy discussed his volunteer work and I hope the story gave readers a different view of this author. His latest book Chasing Midnight, his 19th novel about Doc Ford, a marine biologist and former government op who lives on Florida’s Sanibel Island, will be published in March.

Happy New Year to all our readers. The entire Mystery Scene staff is grateful to each of our readers;

And best of luck to those who are making the swim and those, such as Randy Wayne White, who are there as safety volunteers.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

altDave Barry and Ridley Pearson's popular 2004 novel Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of Peter, an orphan who becomes Peter Pan.

The series resonated with readers, especially boys, who could not resist Peter's tales of pirates, sea battles, flying camels, devious villains, and worthy heroes.

Peter and the Starcatcher is adventure telling at its finest.

And soon the creation of Barry and Pearson will be coming to Broadway.

Disney Theatrical Productions is developing Peter and the Starcatcher to open next spring on Broadway.

The theatrical version of Peter and the Starcatcher was well received last spring by critics and viewers during its run at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Casting has not yet been finalized for the Broadway run, but Adam Chanler-Berat who starred as Peter in the workshop version is expected to return to the role.

According to several newspaper and web sources, the production is being adapted by Rick Elice (The Addams Family, Jersey Boys) and will include the same creative team as the New York Theatre Workshop production, with Roger Rees directing. The British actor Rees also directed The Addams Family, which closed a couple of months ago on Broadway but is now having a second life in tour.

Can't get to New York City? Then, as usual, I highly recommend the books.

Peter and the Starcatcher Broadway Bound
Oline Cogdill
peter-and-the-starcatcher-broadway-bound

altDave Barry and Ridley Pearson's popular 2004 novel Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of Peter, an orphan who becomes Peter Pan.

The series resonated with readers, especially boys, who could not resist Peter's tales of pirates, sea battles, flying camels, devious villains, and worthy heroes.

Peter and the Starcatcher is adventure telling at its finest.

And soon the creation of Barry and Pearson will be coming to Broadway.

Disney Theatrical Productions is developing Peter and the Starcatcher to open next spring on Broadway.

The theatrical version of Peter and the Starcatcher was well received last spring by critics and viewers during its run at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Casting has not yet been finalized for the Broadway run, but Adam Chanler-Berat who starred as Peter in the workshop version is expected to return to the role.

According to several newspaper and web sources, the production is being adapted by Rick Elice (The Addams Family, Jersey Boys) and will include the same creative team as the New York Theatre Workshop production, with Roger Rees directing. The British actor Rees also directed The Addams Family, which closed a couple of months ago on Broadway but is now having a second life in tour.

Can't get to New York City? Then, as usual, I highly recommend the books.