Archive September 2009
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Grove Press has already released
the hardback American edition of Paying Back
Jack to amazon. This is the 10th novel in the
Vincent Calvino series.
Here’s the summary:
A retired general had a deadbeat
tenant. Calvino is hired and though he recovers the money, the tenant is filled
with the bitterness that only blood can wash away. But this is only the
beginning of the bad blood. Rick Casey, an American, is after justice for the
man who murdered his son in Thailand. Casey hires Calvino to follow Somporn’s
minor wife. He is the allegedly mastermind the murder but he’s untouchable as an
influential businessman, running for public office. As a Thai election
approaches, Calvino’s investigation draws him into a murky world of private
contractors, UN officials, and local politics. Calvino’s on a collision course
with a professional team whose goal is to reduce a cosmic debt owed to a dead
man named Jack.
“Paying Back Jack might be Moore's
finest novel yet. A gripping tale of human trafficking, mercenaries,
missing interrogation videos, international conspiracies, and revenge, all set
against the lovely and sordid backstreets of Bangkok that Moore knows better
than anyone.” —Barry Eisler, author of "Fault Line"
The novel is officially released to
bookstores on 6th October. I will be in New York on 5th
October for the launch. If you haven’t read, Paying Back Jack, order a copy from
amazon. If you’ve read JACK, share your reviews by posting a review on
|ASIAN WOMEN AS WIFE TROPHY MATERIAL
I always thought at trophy
shouldn’t be used in a sentence that didn’t include bowling shoes. I was wrong.
I just read an article where trophy was used in the same sentence as Asian
women. That should make it toxic for any white male author, especially one
living in Thailand and married to an Asian woman, and ingesting something toxic,
as we are told by our mothers will turn you green, throw up, and guarantee a
trip to the emergency ward.
Never mind that we soon
enough unlearn our lessons of childhood. Asian men and women, on the other hand,
never forget what their mother taught them. They stay far away from anything
that remotely might cause a loss of face. If that happens, well, just go to the
end of this rant and you’ll get and idea of what happens. Back to the main
point: the question is really why marrying a Western man doesn’t cause the Asian
bride and her family’s face to be shattered like a mirror hit with a
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Below is an article that presents a
case that American celebrities are acquiring Asian trophy wives. It all started
with Woody Allen.
“Call it the Woody Allen Effect.
When the venerable director scandalously left Mia Farrow for her adopted
daughter, South Korean-born Soon-Yi Previn — 35 years his junior — he may as
well have sent out a press release: Asian-girl fantasy trumps that of Hollywood
Not two years after they tied the knot, media baron Rupert
Murdoch walked down the aisle with fresh-faced Wendi Deng — 17 days after
finalizing his divorce from his second wife. Then, CBS head Leslie Moonves wed
TV news anchor Julie Chen; Oscar winner Nicolas Cage married half-his-age third
wife Alice Kim; billionaire George Soros coupled up with violinist Jennifer
Chun; and producer Brian Grazer courted concert pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen.
Add the nuptials of investment magnate Bruce Wasserstein to fourth wife Angela
Chao and the pending vows between venture capitalist Vivi Nevo and Chinese
actress Ziyi Zhang, and we've got a curious cultural ripple.”
|THE VINCENT CALVINO READER’S GUIDE
Toward the end of 2009 Heaven Lake Press will release a
little book titled: The Vincent Calvino Reader’s Guide. It will contain all of
the Calvino laws from the 11 books in the series, along with a couple of
prefaces, essays, and interview about the Calvino series and a summary of all
will be about the same size as a Lonely Planet Thai language pocket book.
Something that fits into the palm of your hand though you won’t be able to make
phone calls or Google on it.
Below is the from cover art
is from one of Chris Coles’s
noir paintings. This one is titled One Night in
|Heart Talk phrase of the day
When you feel cheerful and
happy in your life then you feel boek baan jai.
For the past five days as I walked down the corridor to my study (which is
located on a different floor of my living condo unit) I noticed something on the
tiled floor—a silver-colored number 9 as fragile and tiny as a small bird. “9”
had fallen off a neighboring office door, leaving an empty space between the
numbers 3 and 8. Each day I looked for the 9 on the floor and each day it
remained untouched in the same place.
Today is the 9th of September. I’ll get to the significance of that number in
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In crime writing circles there is
lots of discussion of subgenre categories such as hardboiled, noir, cozies, and
mysteries. A recent book review written by Ahmad Saidullah looks at an
Italian novel titled The Father and the Foreigner by Giancarlo De
“If the old-fashioned
Anglo-American gumshoe mystery typifies the supremacy of reason and detection
with an entrenched belief in the rationality of society, its laws, justice, and
morals, the Italian noir novel is without any such optimism. It thwarts the
deductions and logical propulsions that lead to neat endings. Italian noir
exemplifies the Foucauldian instrumentality of reason in the “mansion of power,”
to use Pier Paolo Pasolini’s phrase, with conspiracies, compromises, cover-ups,
and unsolved crimes resulting.
Not surprisingly, noir’s
popularity soared during the polarizing and corrupt rule of the Christian
Democrats, led by Giulio Andreotti, when the mafia and over two hundred urban
terrorist outfits confronted the violence of the state. Under Berlusconi, new
themes have emerged. Open xenophobia, cultural racism, machismo, the derogation
of labor and human rights, and the usurpation of press freedoms have divided
Italy. This has given rise to intellectual and creative ferment, evident from
the new wave of noir stories.”
|A piece I recently wrote is in a New York literary magazine called The Rail
The Strangers Book - The Brooklyn Rail
Many years ago, a prominent Adelaide family invited me for dinner at the Adelaide club. It was like one of those exclusive, private London clubs for the powerful and rich. By that time I’d already lived in Thailand for six years and this was my first trip to Australia.
|A Thai Ghost Story: The land of GHOSTS, SPIRITS AND DEMONS
Some years ago there was a
book by Michel Houellebecq titled Platformthat was a
huge success in France and also attracted a lot of attention in the
English-speaking world. Toward the end of the book, is an odd observation: The
Thais are the only people in Asia who don’t believe in ghosts. If this had been
written with a sense of tongue in cheek irony, then everyone who knew about
Thailand would be shaking their head in agreement. But it appears to have been
written as one of the factual descriptions that authors sometimes make about the
culture where they’ve set their story.
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