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Blog Archive January 2009

The Risk of Infidelity Index

The Grove Press trade paperback edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index came out a few weeks ago. You can still marked down copies of the hardback editions on Barnes & Noble. The heavily discounted copies ($4.98) of Risk were ranked 833 on Barnes & Nobel website on 3rd February. One of the good things to happen to a book that has been released in paperback is there is a second chance for reviews in the few remaining review columns in major American newspapers.


This good fortune has been happening with the trade paperback edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index.


The San Francisco Chronicle on February1, 2009 observed, “Think Dashiell Hammett in Bangkok. A hard-boiled, street-smart, often hilarious pursuit of a double murderer.”


The New York Times on February 1, 2009 said, “This flashy private-eye mystery introduces American readers to Vincent Calvino, who works in Bangkok for expat wives who want proof of their husbands’ infidelity. Then he investigates the murder of a man who tried to expose a case of drug piracy that could bring down the government.”


Do reviews in the print media make a difference? The answer is a definite yes. Such reviews make a substantial difference in sales. The Amazon ranking shot up to 3,000 from about 300,000 before the New York Times recommendation appeared.


Having a book noticed should come as no surprise as making an impact on sales.. Readers who missed the hardback edition the first time around become aware of the book for a start. The trade paperback edition is cheaper. Words of praise about a book still provide readers with confidence to take their own risk in buying a book by an author they don’t know. Readers still trust that the books recommended in newspapers like The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times will deliver a great read.

Posted: 2/2/2009 10:11:03 PM 


Bangkok Book Store Shopping Hours

A number of readers have written and called complaining about not finding copies of my novels in Bangkok.


For every problem there is a solution.


My publisher Heaven Lake Press has announced that it will invite readers to purchase books directly from its office. You can come to the office between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Customers receive a 10% discount. And a 20% discount for a purchase of five or more books. Sorry there is no credit card facility. So you’ll need to pay for the books in cash.


On Wednesdays between 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. I will come along to sign copies of my books purchased from Heaven Lake Press.


Address of Heaven Lake Press

The office in on the second floor.

398/7 Monterey Place Condominium
Soi Rimkongpaisingtoh, Rama 4 Road,
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

It is easy to find. Take the MRT to Queen Sirikit Station, go out exit 4, turn left outside the station and walk fifteen meters, then on your left you will see Soi Rimkongpaisingtoh and a motorcycle taxi queue. The office is a five-minute walk away or a ten baht motorcycle ride to Monterey Place.


Here’s the map

Posted: 1/26/2009 5:25:58 AM 


Paying Back Jack: Bernard Trink Reviews

Bernard Trink reviewed Paying Back Jack in The Bangkok Post Friday 23 January 2009, concluding, “Moore has the intellectual and emotional ability to perceive what is in the hearts and minds of the Thai populace. Not least, he grasps the nuances of language. . . .I dare say a screen adaptation of at least one of the Calvino books isn’t far off.”


Indeed a film is in the works for the Calvino series.

Posted: 1/22/2009 11:49:27 PM 


Hiring a private eye to find books in Bangkok

I have readers emailing where to find my books in Bangkok. That should be an easy question to answer.

If you are looking for a title in the Vincent Calvino series or one of my standalone novels such as Waiting for the Lady, Gambling on Magic, or God of Darkness, the question is where to find them.

Buyers choice: Kinokunya. This is a famous international English language Japanese own book chain. These people know books. They have a great selection in literature and crime fiction. No question it is the best in Bangkok.

So if you are book hunting in Bangkok, the best place to find a book is at Kinokunya. They have two branches: Emporium and Siam Paragon. Both branches do a good job of maintaining an inventory of new and back titles.

Unfortunately, in contrast Asia Books and Bookazine stock only a few of my titles and the chances are you won’t find the latest titles such as Paying Back Jack. But you will find Paying Back Jack at Kinokunya in both Bankgok branches.

The other way is to order books directly from my publisher Heaven Lake Press. You can order with a nice discount from the HLP website: www.Book-Asia.com There is free delivery of books to offices or condos in Bangkok.

Outside of Bangkok, the books are available online at discount.  It is the shipping cost that is high on the international shipments as the books are sent by air courier. The upside is once you finish reading the book, some of the titles can be, if the online sellers are any indication, at a profit. Older editions sell for a premium. Amazon.uk  list an early edition of Spirit House for 60.25 pounds sterling.

Posted: 1/22/2009 11:42:17 PM 


Vincent Calvino and Show time

Posted on www.cgmoore.com and www.vincentcalvino.com are several recent videos about the Calvino series.


I discuss the background of the Vincent Calvino series, how I came to write the series and create the character of Vincent Calvino.


Also you will find two other videos. I give a description of the story and characters in The Risk of Infidelity Index and Paying Back Jack.


If you are curious about the series or the last two novels in the Calvino series, the videos will hopefully be informative. The videos were shot on location in Bangkok. In late December I stayed at the Noel Coward Suite, one of the author suites in the Oriental Hotel, and the videos were filmed at the hotel suite.

Posted: 1/20/2009 3:57:10 AM 


Hawaii Meeting in March 2009

I will attend the Left Coast Crime 2009 conference in Hawaii 7th to 12th March. On evening of 12th March, I will be in Honolulu staying with my friend John Murphy.


While in Honolulu I’d like to invite friends and fans to come along for a drink that evening and I’d be happy to sign books. And enjoy a free Singha beer.


Place:   Sala Thai Restaurant & Bar 
           1333 Nuuanu Ave 
           Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 
           (Chinatown, Honolulu, Oahu)  Ph: (808) 529-0308


Date: 12th March 2009


Time: 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Posted: 1/20/2009 3:54:49 AM 


George Orwell’s 1984 reborn in the Digital World

Censorship on the Internet is growing. That is official, state sponsored censorship. Here is an article in The Chronicle Review by Professor Harry Lewis, Harvard University, that examines the players, what is at stake and the implications for the free flow of information.

“Bits are already filtered and monitored as they cross national borders. In China, if you want to visit www.freetibet.org (the Web site of a Tibetan independence group) or falundafa.org (the site of the banned spiritual group Falun Gong), you will temporarily lose your Internet connection. The OpenNet Initiative, a partnership of Internet research centers at Harvard University and the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Toronto, documents technology-enabled, fine-tuned censorship all over the world: no sex in Saudi Arabia, no Holocaust denials in Australia, no shocking images of war dead in Germany, no insults to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Turkey. Some of those bans mimic pre-Internet censorship laws, but authorities install harsh new ones in response to internationally significant events, such as the monks' protests in Myanmar in 2007.

“American publishers can be affected by the censorship practices of foreign governments. Australia's highest court found the Web version of Barron's, the financial newspaper, guilty of libel in a case brought by an Australian businessman, Joseph Gutnick, even though the article would not have been considered defamatory under U.S. laws in New Jersey, where the Web servers were located. Web publishers, cowed by threats of legal action, may adapt to the restrictions of their major markets abroad. Happily, Congress has responded by prohibiting American courts from enforcing libel judgments in nations lacking U.S. free-speech standards. But that won't prevent journalists from being detained or publishers' property from being seized abroad to settle such claims.”

Link: http://chronicle.com/free/v55/i19/19b00901.htm

Posted: 1/11/2009 11:23:53 PM 


Donald Westlake R.I.P.

Cameron Hughes has collected the thoughts of crime writers about the meaning of Donald Westlake’s death in the world of crime fiction. Kevin Burton Smith, Joseph Finder, Ken Bruen, Laura Lipppman, Colin Cotterill, Ali Karim, and Harlen Coben are some of the writers and critics who contributed. The Rap Sheet carries the tributes.


Also, I contributed my thoughts about Westlake writing as Richard Stark.

The character of professional criminal Parker was a shot fired by a precision marksman. It still echoes in the ear of many contemporary crime writers. Writing as Richard Stark, Westlake, novel by novel, showed us the rational, calculating, unsentimental Parker, the career criminal, the clear-eyed professional, anticipating the plays of other characters in the novels like a chess grand master. Parker planned his jobs like Special Forces operations, working with other freelance criminals to carry out an operation. In Parker, Westlake created a character who had survived because he understood the weakness of those around him and how ... [they] were held hostage by a combination of greed, arrogance, and fear. The emotional distance between Parker and others was as large as the vacuum of deep space. Even after plastic surgery, the world always hunted him, found him, and tried to destroy him.

He never gave up, he never gave in, and he lived by a personal code that demanded integrity among men and women who had long ago discarded integrity like a worn-out horse no longer fit to ride. Still, Parker never gave up.

In Parker we find clues to our own alienation and existential questioning of whether we can ever know or trust anyone. Donald Westlake and Richard Stark are seemingly gone. Dead. But as long as there are readers on the planet, no one will ever be able write R.I.P. after Parker’s name. In that way, Westlake/Stark will always be with us.

Posted: 1/11/2009 11:20:39 PM 


Literary New York

Last November I was in New York to attend the National Book Foundation Awards as a guest of legendary publisher Barney Rossett. I have posted on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/cgmooredotcom a couple of short videos.

One video was taken at the table headed by Barney on the night of the awards. It ends with a toast to Barney. The second video has Barney talking about his life as we sat in his loft off Union Square in lower Manhattan. The founder of Grove Press, Barney Rossett has had a distinguished and often controversial career. His love of the outsider’s voice and point of view allowed American readers to widen and deepen their knowledge of the outliers world. Without Barney Rossett and Grove Press, the world would be grayer, less interesting and textured.

The last video reminds me why I miss New York. The musicians who entertain subway passengers on their way to the trains have a tough crowd to please. This entertainer had passion that attracted a lot of onlookers. People are attracted to creative artist, especially those who
put their body and soul into their art. There is a lesson for novelist in watching this musician. He brings the music alive and he gather around him those people who are usually in a rush from one place to the next. He made them notice, pause and listen.

Posted: 1/9/2009 3:50:29 AM 



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