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Blog Archive September 2009

ENEMIES OF MEMORY

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Posted: 9/29/2009 5:17:57 AM 

 

PAYING BACK JACK

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 amazon.

Posted: 9/22/2009 10:45:46 PM 

 

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 hammer?

Read more: http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com

Posted: 9/17/2009 10:30:33 PM 

 

ASIAN WOMEN

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 royalty!

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.”

 

Link: http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-life/bigger-picture/articlemc.aspx?cp-documentid=21454132

Posted: 9/14/2009 5:00:15 AM 

 

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 the books.

It 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 Bankgkok.

Posted: 9/11/2009 5:24:15 AM 

 

Heart Talk phrase of the day

When you feel cheerful and happy in your life then you feel boek baan jai. ?????????

Heart Talk: http://www.cgmoore.com/books/index.htm#4

Posted: 9/10/2009 4:49:16 AM 

 

9

09.09 a.m.
Bangkok

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 a moment.

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Posted: 9/8/2009 11:08:11 PM 

 

ASIAN and ITALIAN NOIR

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 Cataldo:


“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.”

Link: http://quarterlyconversation.com/the-father-and-the-foreigner-by-giancarlo-de-cataldo-review

Posted: 9/8/2009 4:27:41 AM 

 

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.

Posted: 9/7/2009 3:41:16 AM 

 

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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Posted: 9/3/2009 11:06:10 PM 

 

 

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