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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 

 

I will be attending the Bouchercon2009 World Mystery Convention in Indianapolis 15th through 18th October. I have also be asked to be on a panel. "MURDER AT THE EDGE OF THE MAP" panel takes place 4:30 - 5:25 pm. on Friday, October 16.

 

The moderator is Leighton Gage and the other panelists are Tamar Myers, Yrsa Siguroardottir, and Michael Stanley.

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Posted: 8/31/2009 1:45:03 AM 

 

I have blogged today about Paul Gauguin, Herman Meville, and Margaret Mead. The impressions of these three have informed opinion about the South Pacific for decades, influencing many generations. But did they get the details right? Did they even get the general bits right?

At International Crime Authors I examine these three questions:

 

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

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Posted: 8/28/2009 12:24:11 AM 

 

I am often asked about how to find an agent or publisher. What isn’t always well understood, however, is the relationship with an agent and the editor. Once you’ve found an agent who is willing to represent your book, the next step is the submission stage when your agent offers it to an editor.

 

What happens next in this process?

 

Here’s one editors take on the process:

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Posted: 8/22/2009 8:45:08 PM 

 

Today’s consumer report: you can buy a new signed trade paperback edition of A Killing Smile for $13.95 plus shipping from this website:

 

Or you can order a second hand copy from amazon.com

 

It’s up to you, as they say in Thailand.

 

But before you place that amazon order, you might want to consider the prices for second hand copies of A Killing Smile:

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Posted: 8/20/2009 6:03:23 AM 

 

Timothy Hallinan has a great series set in Thailand. The hero is an American journalist named Poke Rafferty. Breathing Water is the latest novel in his series. It is released today.

 

Here’s a taste of the story:

 

“For American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty, a late-night poker game delivers an unexpected prize: an "opportunity" to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. The win seems like a stroke of luck, but as with so many things in vibrant, seductive, contradictory Bangkok—a city of innocence and evil, power and poverty—the allure of appearances masks something much darker. Within a few hours of folding his cards, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, beloved ­adopted daughter, Miaow, and best friend, Arthit, an honest Bangkok cop, have become pawns in a political struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most powerful, and most ruthless people.”

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Posted: 8/17/2009 11:41:36 PM 

 

The US edition of Paying Back Jack received the review below from Publishers Weekly. Grove Press will release Paying Back Jack in hardback on 6th October. I will be in the United States in October to assist in the promotion of the new Calvino novel. 

Paying Back Jack Christopher G. Moore. Grove, $19.95 (464p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1902-5

Bangkok, the city where Vincent Calvino ekes out a living, teems with all sorts of characters, as shown in Moore’s sprawling 10th thriller to feature the disbarred American lawyer turned PI (after The Risk of Infidelity Index). Calvino foils an assassination attempt on an important new client, General Yosaporn; makes a deadly enemy of Thai businessman Apichart; watches a woman fall to her death past his hotel window; tails the “mia noi” (minor wife) of political candidate Somporn; and repeatedly crosses paths with two professional killers. He also helps a female Spanish U.N. worker, for whom he falls, rescue a young girl about to be sold for sex. In the process of tying a bunch of elaborate plot knots with these diverse strands, Moore reveals the seething stew of wealth, corruption, cultural clashes, poverty and lust that is modern Bangkok. While some readers might wish for a glossary of the many Thai terms, all will appreciate the raw passion that drives the action. (Oct.)

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Posted: 8/12/2009 11:32:52 PM 

 

On International Crime Authors Reality Check where I blog with Matt Rees, Colin Cotterrill and Barbara Nadel, I’ve written a mini-essay about what it means to be a stranger in Thailand.

“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. Inside the door of the club, someone in a suit ushered me to a stand on which was a large book. I was given a pen. Inscribed on the front of the book were the words: Strangers’ Book. I was asked to write my name and the place where I lived. I distinctly remember that inside the book, I was pointed to the box with word Stranger hovering like a death sentence over the place where I was supposed to write my name. I thought better of asking my host, “Did the aborigines have a Strangers’ Book for your ancestors to sign when they arrived?” Strangers and hypocrisy often lurk inside the same mental neighborhood.”

 

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Posted: 8/6/2009 11:29:38 PM 

 

Nearly twenty years ago a Thai servant in Saudi made off with a great amount of precious jewels. Within the next year, several high-ranking Saudi officials working in Thailand were murdered. In Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, the Saudi jewel disappearance formed an important subplot.
 

The Bangkok Post has reported:

“The Criminal Court has approved a warrant for the arrest of Abu Ali, Pol Col Tawee said. The murder took place in front of Sriwattana Apartment on Yen Akat Road in Sathon district on Feb 1, 1990.

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Posted: 8/6/2009 3:54:16 AM 

 

Everyone is looking for that slight advantage, an edge whether in business or romance. Language is the way we often gain an advantage. When you’re dealing in a foreign language such as Thai, getting that right word is the difference between a kiss and slap, or in business a deal or, well, slapdown.

So how about a secret language weapon? I’ve got one. You don’t need a license to carry or use it. And it can hit a target within shouting range and is rarely lethal. It is called Heart Talk. Isn’t that a book?

Yeah, it’s a book. But now it’s an ebook. An altogether different thing.

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Posted: 7/30/2009 10:36:25 PM 

 



The Corruptionist
By

Christopher G. Moore

Heaven Lake Press

2 January 2010

 

The Corruptionist puts a new twist on Chinese designs on Southeast Asia. Set during the most turbulent times for Thailand’s political system. The 11th in the Calvino series, The Corruptionist is a provocative work that is based on firsthand experience gathered from the heart of the demonstrations in Bangkok and illuminates what has evolved into a global political story.

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Posted: 7/28/2009 3:15:55 AM 

 

Along with Colin Cotterill, Matt Beynon Rees, and Barbara Nadal, I have been blogging over at International Crime Writers Reality Check. http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/

The other day I blogged about how Thais express the notion of time:

“The bulk of my fiction has been set in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. As a non-native speaker, the daily work of researching a book set in Thailand presents a constant challenge. As the author, I am in the position of translating a Thai’s vision of reality into English. This often requires close observation about matters that most of take for granted.

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Posted: 7/17/2009 4:22:37 AM 

 



Also congratulations to Colin Cotterill who won a major international literary award yesterday in London. Colin beat stellar group of writers to win the The CWA Dagger in the Library, which is given for a body of work. For more:
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Posted: 7/17/2009 4:21:57 AM 

 

I came across a good summary of the history of private eye, detective, police procedural fiction: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Detective_fiction

 

You will also find a handy list of famous private eyes (Vincent Calvino is included).

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Posted: 7/14/2009 4:37:43 AM 

 

For those of you who enjoy crime fiction there is a new blog to check out: http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/

 

We are four international crime fiction writers who have come together to blog as International Crime Writers’ Reality Check. Barbara Nadel has a series set in Istanbul, Colin Cotterill’s has a series set in Laos, Matt Beynon Rees has a set a series in the West Bank/Gaza, and Christopher G. Moore has set his series in Thailand.

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Posted: 7/10/2009 5:21:49 AM 

 

Here’s a look at the cover for the Turkish edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index.


Author:
Christopher G. Moore
Yayınevi: E Yayınları Publisher:
E Yayınları
Çevirmen: Şen Süer Kaya Translator:
Sen Süer Kaya
Sayfa sayısı: 421 Number of pages: 421
ISBN: 9789753902496 ISBN: 9789753902496
Basım tarihi: Temmuz 2009 Publication date: July 2009
Kategori: Roman / Öykü Category:
Novel / Short Story

Piyasa fiyatı: 22.00 YTL Market price: 22.00 YTL
Hermes Kitap Fiyatı: 17.60 YTL Hermes Book Price: 17.60 YTL

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Posted: 7/8/2009 10:33:39 PM 

 

Cameron Hughes interviewed me for the Rap Sheet last March in Kona, Hawaii. I was attending the Left Coast Crime Conference. Film maker Tito Haggardt produced and edited the video.

 

“In his novels, Moore writes about Bangkok as if it were one of the most famous cities of noir fiction. The nightlife there comes off as mysterious, dangerous, and exciting and the people in power are cast as no less corrupt than their counterparts might be in America. He makes Bangkok breathe and work as an important part of his cast. It’s akin to what George Pelecanos does with Washington, D.C., and what Don Winslow does with San Diego. Moore is a stylist much like the writers of the early to mid-20th century who kick-started the P.I. genre in America. He writes with the angry and sad voice of Ross Macdonald and the flow of and beauty of Raymond Chandler. Penning his books in the third-person, he uses allegory and symbolism to great effect. The Calvino series is distinctive and wonderful, not to be missed, and I’m pleased to see that it is finally becoming better known in the States.” Link to full article and videos: http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2009/07/long-line-of-zen-men.html ...
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Posted: 7/8/2009 12:31:00 AM 

 

The Case of David Carradine in the Eyes of Forensic Science

It was a death that created shock waves, more so because of the sexual connotations associated to it than because it was that of a movie star. David Carradine is not that big a star in Hollywood, but he is relatively well known because of his recent work in hit movies like the Kill Bill volumes.

Those of you who follow the movie industry news will know that this aging Kung Fu star was recently found dead, hanging inside a closet in his hotel room in Bangkok where he was shooting for the movie Stretch. The death made the headlines because of the many ropes tied around the body – one around the neck, the other around his genitals, and the third around his hands....
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Posted: 6/24/2009 6:51:12 AM 

 

I am a writer, a reader and a collector of books including some prized first editions. My first edition collection is modest. It includes The End of An Affair by Graham Greene (signed). Collecting books is a passion for many readers. For others it is an investment. Whatever your motivation for buying a book to add to your library price is always a consideration.

Since my books were published by various Thai publishers over the years, and the print runs were modest by large publishing house standards, in recent years, the second hand market has seen my books register eye-popping prices. Below is an example of the some of the prices. A reprint edition of Spirit House (as seen below) on offer for $449.

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Posted: 6/23/2009 5:27:04 AM 

 

East is East, and West is West and never the twain shall meet. Or said Rudyard Kipling. Always beware of the half truth; it trips people up, makes them swallow a half as if it were the whole.

 

The truth is in 2009 they do meet—online, chat rooms, Skype, bars, shopping malls, Starbucks, museums, bookstores, and through mutual friends. Why is that suddenly the whole concept of globalization shuts down the minute sex enters the equation? This is no longer Rudyard Kipling universe. But from the opinions and reviewers I’ve read about a recent book (see below) by IHT journalist Richard Bernstein, it is as if the sun still never set on the British Empire.

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Posted: 6/18/2009 6:40:38 AM 

 

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