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Christopher G. Moore calls his P.I. protagonist, Vincent Calvino, "a cultural detective. He sifts through the evidence in a way that makes sense of the location and people living in Southeast Asia."

Over at Detectives without Borders, Peter Rozovsky discusses Paying Back Jack.
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Posted: 11/12/2009 4:28:17 AM 

 

The availability of my earlier novels has been a problem for many years. The new technology has come to the rescue. The new format is called an ebook. The best known provider of ebook downloads is Amazon’s Kindle reader. My Calvino novels published by Grove/Atlantic in New York are on Kindle.

 

The Land of Smiles trilogy was published in the early 1990s in Thailand. A Killing Smile, A Bewitching Smile and A Haunting Smile are set during one of the most chaotic times in recent Thai history. All of the books remain in print. Alas, they have not been widely available outside of Thailand.

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Posted: 11/5/2009 12:24:18 AM 

 

It doesn’t happen often but when it does there the effect has the same disorientation as cultural shock. I am talking about the twisted mental state that comes from crossing an international date line. Last Monday I left Cooper Square Street at 6.30 p.m., walked across the street and caught a taxi to Centre Street. The fare for that short trip was with tip $8 or about the same it cost for the 27K journey from my condo in Bangkok to the airport. But that is another matter. The EVA shuttle picked me up at 7.00 for Newark Airport. The flight departed on time at 11.00 p.m. and I caught some sleep on the seven hour flight to Anchorage. After topping up the fuel tank and crew change we were off two hours later. It was 12 hours flight time to Taipei. Another two hours on the ground for the final three-hour plus flight into Bangkok.

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Posted: 10/30/2009 5:22:08 AM 

 

On Monday I am off to New York City where the 10th novel in my Vincent Calvino series will be launched on 6th October. Also while in the United States, I’ll attend Bouchercon in Indianapolis. I will participate on a panel “Murder at the Edge of the Map” moderated by Leighton Gage and including Tamar Myers, Yrsa Siguroardottir, and Michael Stanley...

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Posted: 10/2/2009 5:03:24 AM 

 

You can buy a copy of Enemies of Memory in the UK. Details below.


Christopher G Moore Enemies of memory: A novel       
Despatched from the UK by fully insured mail within 48 hours.
Money back guarantee. [Publisher: White Lotus]
[Bookseller: amazon.co.uk] Buy From:     amazon.co.uk - $ 7,124

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Posted: 9/29/2009 5:17:57 AM 

 

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.

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Posted: 9/22/2009 10:45:46 PM 

 

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?

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Posted: 9/17/2009 10:30:33 PM 

 

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.”

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Posted: 9/14/2009 5:00:15 AM 

 


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. ...
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Posted: 9/11/2009 5:24:15 AM 

 

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

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Posted: 9/10/2009 4:49:16 AM 

 

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 

 

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.

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Posted: 9/8/2009 4:27:41 AM 

 

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.
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Posted: 9/7/2009 3:41:16 AM 

 

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 

 

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