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
|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
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
Address of Heaven Lake
The office in on the second
398/7 Monterey Place Condominium
Soi Rimkongpaisingtoh, Rama 4
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
|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
Indeed a film is in the
works for the Calvino series.
|Hiring a private eye to find books in Bangkok
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
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.
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.
|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
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.
|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 &
Honolulu, Oahu) Ph: (808) 529-0308
Date: 12th March
Time: 6.30 p.m. to 8.30
|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
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
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.
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
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.