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Review by Chris Bilkey

PAYING BACK JACK

 

Christopher G. Moore


I have come late to Christopher Moore's PI novels featuring Vincent Calvino. And that's been my loss.

Moore has lived in Bangkok for twenty years, and it shows. His knowledge of the hidden Bangkok, the crime, the politics and the people shines through. And his writing recalls the gritty noir of Chandler and the intrigue of Le Carre with a dry humour thrown in.

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Posted: 4/1/2010 2:16:55 AM 

 

Seven minutes isn’t a long time. Days fly past as if they were seven minutes. Months travel like a bullet train. The way we think of time is likely very different than the way authors and readers and just about everyone else one hundred years ago.

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Posted: 3/26/2010 6:49:51 AM 

 

I came across a large print copy of Paying Back Jack. http://www.wfhowes.co.uk/catalogue/titles.php?&t=4563

 

ISBN: 978 1 40745 789 5

 

The publisher in the UK is W.F. Howes Ltd.

 

The large print edition will be released in June 2010.

 

W.F. Howes also publishes a number of other crime, mystery and thriller writers, including: Ian Fleming, Vince Flynn, Jason Goodwin, David Hewson, Arnaldur Indridason, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Bernard Knight, Dennis Lehane, Henning Mankell, Walter Mosley, Barbara Nadel, Robert B Parker, George P Pelecanos, Michael Robotham, Peter Temple, Fred Vargas, and Qiu Xiaolong.

 

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Posted: 3/23/2010 10:21:18 PM 

 

On Sunday 21st March Dean Barrett, Stephen Leather and me signed books at the Texas Lonestar Bar in Washington Square.

 

Here is a photo of the three of us inside one of the booths at the Lonestar.

 

Those who are familiar with the Vincent Calvino series will know that this is the same bar where the private eye often has lunch. In the series the bar is called The Lonesome Hawk.

 

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Posted: 3/21/2010 10:50:29 PM 

 

Every time I’m writing a book I am reaching out as if in the thin air of imagination. Readers are reaching out, too. Where we meet is inside a story. This blog is about the making of a story in Bangkok on a wet Wednesday morning as I walked up Sukhumvit Road from the Asoke intersection. The street was choked with demonstrators. Thousands of them dressed in red shirts, hats, beating their hand clappers. Traffic had virtually stopped. The stated goal of the red shirts was to march to the prime minister’s family compound on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 31 with the announced intention to spill blood.

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Posted: 3/19/2010 6:29:23 AM 

 

Yesterday I posted my account of the red demonstration on Sukhumvit Road. I walked among the crowd from the Sukhumvit and Asoke intersection to Soi 31. Along the way I took a series of photographs. Below is a slide show of additional photographs from Wednesday morning.

 

As a novelist, I am a storyteller. These photographs are like a short story; a slice of a rainy Wednesday morning in Bangkok. A Sukhumvit Road story told in a series of images. Inside the larger political story, were lots of Twitter sized personal stories. I sought them out. The expression on a person’s face in a huge crowd tells a story.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 5:53:03 AM 

 

   

Along with Dean Barrett and Stephen Leather, I will be signing books at the Texan Lonestar Bar in Washington Square (Sukhumvit Road off Soi 22). The signing starts around 3.00 p.m. on Saturday. I will be signing copies of The Corruptionist and The Vincent Calvino Readers Guide.

 

There should be free food.

 

Come along and say hello on Saturday.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 12:46:58 AM 

 

From 10.50 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. I took photographs of the large crowd of red shirted demonstrators in Bangkok. I walked from the Asoke and Sukhumvit Road intersection toward Soi 31. The police had closed off traffic to Sukhumvit Road. They had no choice it was jammed with demonstrators in pickups, large trucks, motorcycles and tuk tuks with thousands on foot. It was an orderly march. But the sheer number of people restricted movement. People exercised a great deal of patience. They had no choice. The cloudy skies meant the crowd was spared the usual searing temperatures at noon. It was a mixed blessing. Instead of a blistering sun, they were rained on.

 

I talked with a number of the demonstrators along the way to Soi 31. They were eager to tell their story and have their photographs taken. Modern demonstrations seem to have become storytelling events played out for the media. Though I saw very few signs in English. There were lots of banner written in Thai in the sea of red and Thai flags. I saw very few photos of Thaksin.

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Posted: 3/17/2010 4:41:41 AM 

 

If you follow the news, you are likely aware that a large political demonstration is underway for this weekend in Bangkok (13th to 14th March). Hotels are reporting cancellations. Personal friends from England who’d planned to visit me this weekend have also cancelled. Many people are watchful as events unfold. Who are the demonstrators? And what do they want? Two complex questions and the answers will depend on whom you ask. There isn’t one single answer that has a consensus. Political protests are messy affairs; fragmented into factions, rolling experiments that are unstable, and fueled by a hybrid mixture of emotions and political argument.

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Posted: 3/12/2010 3:15:10 AM 

 

You might have noticed the banner on the right hand side of this site. The Court reporters (bless them) has named International Crime Authors Reality Check as one of the best 50 best blogs for crime & mystery book lovers. We are honored for this recognition.

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Posted: 3/5/2010 3:06:06 AM 

 

I am trying to wrap my mind around the almost hysterical, obsessive need for people to become a published author. Mostly, I suspect, it is like one of those twist off caps on a cheap bottle of wine where the threads don’t quite catch right. There is a concentrated effort to get the cap off. More simply, getting into the publishing racket is another example of our need for acceptance in the crowd of strangers. We live in age where many people wish to stand out apart from the crowd as an accomplished worthy, special word genius. The problem is the number of people who want to stand out by writing books has become larger than the crowd that read and buy books.

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Posted: 2/26/2010 1:00:23 AM 

 

Imagine you wake up in the morning and open the curtains. It is another ordinary day. Traffic is moving. People are walking along the streets. The street vendors are behind their stalls. Then you open your email because everyone knows that is absolutely one of the first things to be done in the morning. It is like Christmas Morning. Who has left a little present under the tree?

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Posted: 2/18/2010 9:48:33 PM 

 

Yesterday I finished the first draft of the new Vincent Calvino novel.

This one is titled: 9 Gold Bullets. Set in New York and Bangkok.

Publication date: January 2011.

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Posted: 2/16/2010 3:29:06 AM 

 

Several times a year I meet authors who are passing through Bangkok. As Bangkok is a pass through kind of place. Ever so often one of these encounters leaves a lasting impression. For instance, Mr. Cakes Copeland internationally acclaimed author of the series that included the Number 1 bestseller The Ice-cream Lady of Angkor Wat, was a recent guest.

 

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Posted: 2/11/2010 9:58:30 PM 

 

As we drove to the waterfall through the hardscrabble Rajasthani land, all scrub, desert, barren hills, the road passed through small villages. In between were stone fences snaking toward the distant hills.

My guide, Mr. Ajit, sat upfront with the driver, and as we came up on a mini-bus with a couple of men riding on top, he’d half turn in his seat, “That’s India.” A few minutes we tailgated a van packed with passengers, two men balanced on the back bumper, holding on for dear life. “That’s India,” Mr. Ajit said. The more squalid, inconvenient, and crazy, the happier it seemed to make Mr. Ajit. As it reinforced his view, that I was not receiving some burnished image of the true India.

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Posted: 2/5/2010 3:49:52 AM 

 

The Edge has asked many experts, scholars, artists, and thinkers to address the question: HOW IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK?

The upshot of the many different takes on the question comes down to a discussion of the nature of thinking, the processes involved, the evolution of the brain, the relationship of neurons. Basically, the most honest correspondents conclude that we are in still in the dark ages when it comes to the way or ways we think.

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Posted: 1/28/2010 10:14:54 PM 

 

Since 1985 I’ve had 21 novels published. That seems a lot. But it would be two years work for someone like Georges Simenon. According to Wikipedia (you see I had to check back online) “Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day. His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels, over 150 novellas, several autobiographical works, numerous articles, and scores of pulp novels written under more than two dozen pseudonyms.”

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Posted: 1/22/2010 9:15:24 PM 

 

I turned on the air-conditioner with the remote and immediately checked email. This is my habit. Like a gunslinger drawing two pistols and firing. Wrote this sentence as the email downloaded. Eleven messages. A quick glance: DOROTHYL which says there are 603 lines of text waiting to be read. The FCCT sent me a notice of upcoming events. Google Alert has four entries where second-hand copies of my books are being sold on amazon and ebay. Some Fan mail. An inquiry about getting published. An invitation from a fan.

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Posted: 1/15/2010 12:10:13 PM 

 

Bangkok Found
Reflections on The City

By Alex Kerr

Baht 650

River Books

(2009)

 

Long-term Thailand expats are not rare birds. The flock contains many nationalities who have nested in Thailand since the end of World War II and the large numbers currently living here started no more than 25 years ago. But only a handful of expat writers have managed to capture the ‘spirit’ of expat experience, the history and culture of Thailand, and context of expat life. Alex Kerr because he has taken the time to make friends with Thais and learn the language, has written a fine book that describes and discusses the relationship between the native Thais and the expats quite unlike any other book you will read. Alex Kerr’s Bangkok Found Reflections on The City has written a beautifully illustrated and rare book. One that fills a gap in the expat literature.

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Posted: 12/29/2009 10:26:09 PM 

 

Thanks for coming to this blog in 2009.

I hope to see you stopping passed in 2010

May 2010 bring you happiness and good health.

Christopher

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Posted: 12/25/2009 4:05:09 AM 

 

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