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Several people have asked about the video camera that I used in Vietnam and Hawaii. It is a small and inexpensive camera called Flip.

 


It cost about $125 and may be one of the best investments I’ve made recently. I carry it everywhere. There is a new upgraded model that has high definition. If I were to buy it again, I’d spring for the upgrade.

 


There are several excellent features. First it is small and fits easily into your shirt pocket. Second it is very easy to use. Third, it has a USB port built-in so that you stick it into your laptop and upload the footage and are ready to shoot again. Fourth, it shoots up to sixty minutes. Fifth, no fuss with batteries as it charges through the USB port straight to the camera.

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Posted: 3/19/2009 6:30:25 AM 

 

One of the joys of writing is to meet new people on the road.  Last week when I was in Honolulu I had a chance to meet Shawn Hamamoto.

 

John Murphy videoed our parking lot discussion about Vincent Calvino.

 

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Posted: 3/19/2009 12:18:35 AM 

 

One of the features of living in Asia is how people share public space. Behavior in private spaces (homes and offices) is never a reliable indicator on how people react in the presence of strangers in a public place.

 

In Thailand it is rare for a motorist to stop at a Zebra crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross. Drivers cut in front of each other, drive through red lights, block intersections, drive on the wrong side of the road, etc. In Vietnam, by comparison, the mix of vehicles requires more tolerance on the part of motorists. Hundreds of bicycles and samlors share the limited public space with cars, vans, taxis, and trucks. As in Thailand, if you are on foot, then you must wait your chance to slip through a narrow gap as the traffic comes to a halt.

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Posted: 3/18/2009 12:01:01 AM 

 

Anywhere in Asia, the wet market is the place to find what remains of traditional ways of shopping for food. Hanoi is no exception and the wet market was one of the first places I set out to find. No matter how low the prices are in mega supermarkets in places like Tesco or Costco, something has been lost in the shopping experience that comes with a market where the stalls are staffed with local vendors selling fresh produce, meat, chickens and fish.

 

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Posted: 3/16/2009 10:59:11 PM 

 

I spent five days on the Big Island attending the Left Coast Crime 2009 convention. About 300 plus people attended. Writers included those who write cozy mysteries to thrillers. We stayed at a resort outside of Kona – one of those complexes that could have been anywhere. That didn’t matter much as the point of the trip wasn’t sight seeing. Though my two friends Terry and Tito did their best to show me around the Island. Terry has a coffee farm and I spent sometime at the farm with Terry and his wife Susan and son Sonny. On the way back to the conference, Terry pulled over to the side of the road and picked enough fruit to last me the five days of the conference.



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Posted: 3/16/2009 5:28:25 AM 

 

In late February I was in Hanoi and Dien Bien Phu. My friend, Canadian literary critic, publisher and author, George Fetherling suggested the adventure. George is finishing a book on the French colonial period in Indochina. Dien Bien Phu was where it came apart with a massive defeat at the hands of the Vietminh in 1954. We walked the hills where the French had set up trenches and fortifications. They were heavily out gunned and out manned. The surrender after about 3 months of battle remains a historical watershed in Southeast Asian history. I recorded the trip with a series of videos.

 

I had mentioned to George that in 1990 when I made my first trip to Saigon, it was as if the war had ended a couple of weeks before. Dark, grim, and improvised. There were beggars and homeless people everywhere. No one had any money. It was a nightmarish, noir place. The absence of streetlights made nighttime navigation on the streets a challenge. I saw very few private cars in 1990. But there were UN and NGO vehicles. The Vietnamese were extremely resourceful, crafting vehicles out of spare parts and scrap metal. These Mad Max vehicles belched bluish gray smoke and, of course, had no lights. I spotted a variation of such a vehicle outside the market in Hanoi. Only the vehicle in the video clip is too well made to properly belong in the garage along side of to the old Saigon road warriors but it does give an idea of the kind of transportation that one found on the roads in 1990....
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Posted: 3/16/2009 5:26:02 AM 

 

I arrive in Honolulu on Thursday afternoon. I hope to see friends at the Sala Thai restaurant Thursday evening from about 6.30 p.m. onward. If you have books you'd like me to sign, please bring them along. I will also a few copies of Paying Back Jack, Spirit House and The Risk of Infidelity Index.

I am looking forward to the evening. With Thai food and beer, what better way to start the weekend a day early.


Breeze and Pou

Sala Thai is located at:
1333 Nu'uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 529-0308
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Posted: 3/12/2009 6:18:56 AM 

 

At Timothy Hallinan’s blog, I discuss creativity:

 

“Let’s start with what many people believe is the definition of creativity: someone who has a vivid imagination. No one can say that is entirely wrong when checking the list of creative workers above. But there are a few problems with the definition. While imagination is useful and indeed necessary, it is not sufficient to define creativity. What is missing? I have few ideas to share about the basic elements.”

 

Link: http://www.timothyhallinan.com/blog/?p=459

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Posted: 3/2/2009 12:00:06 AM 

 

On 12th March 2009 I will be at Sala Thai in Honolulu, Hawaii to sign books. I plan to bring along 10 copies of the latest Vincent Calvino novel, Paying Back Jack.

If you order a copy https://order.kagi.com/cgi-bin/r1.cgi?4D9  in advance, you will have it hand delivered and I’ll spring for a free Singha beer.

 

Pou, the owner of Sala Thai and her assistant, Breeze, will be assisting me at the signing. Who said Christmas only comes once a year? Why not bring a friend or two, stop in and say hello?

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Posted: 2/16/2009 10:00:48 PM 

 

Everything we read informs us that the public’s attention span has dropped like an anchor in shallow waters and the window for judging success has been squeezed down to microdot size.

 

Movies are judged by their opening week returns.

 

In the New York Times, Jeff Huber Google’s senior vice president of engineering (adopting the Nurse Rached philosophy) sets out how he wields the executioner’s sword brining it quickly brought down on projects that don’t quickly show financial results.

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Posted: 2/15/2009 11:03:15 PM 

 

On Sunday 22nd February I will have breakfast with Timothy Hallinan and Steve Martini in Bangkok. Tim writes an exciting series staring a journalists/private investigator set in Bangkok. Tim’s latest novel The Fourth Watcher has received many rave reviews, and he has a third novel coming out this year.

 

Steve Martini’s latest novel is Shadow of Power. This is Steve’s ninth Paul Madriani legal thriller. A number of his novels have been on the New York Times bestseller’s list.

 

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Posted: 2/15/2009 11:00:33 PM 

 

A stroll along Soi Cowboy can lead to the unexpected. Even elephants get into the act, begging for food. The tourists buy plastic bags of fresh sugar cane and are rewarded (sometimes) with the equivalent of an elephant wai.

 

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Posted: 2/12/2009 3:25:00 AM 

 

Prices on all books have been reduced from 66% to 38%.

It is now affordable to order books from Thailand.

Order here: http://www.cgmoore.com/readers/index-buybook.htm

 

One of the main obstacles for readers buying books from Thailand is the cost. In the past my publisher has shipped all books by air courier. That costs an arm and a leg and part of a shoulder. The decision was made to ship by registered post. The delivery time is around two weeks, but the cost reduction is substantial.

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Posted: 2/12/2009 3:15:41 AM 

 

The Grove Press trade paperback edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index came out a few weeks ago. You can still marked down copies of the hardback editions on Barnes & Noble. The heavily discounted copies ($4.98) of Risk were ranked 833 on Barnes & Nobel website on 3rd February. One of the good things to happen to a book that has been released in paperback is there is a second chance for reviews in the few remaining review columns in major American newspapers.

 

This good fortune has been happening with the trade paperback edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index.

 

The San Francisco Chronicle on February1, 2009 observed, “Think Dashiell Hammett in Bangkok. A hard-boiled, street-smart, often hilarious pursuit of a double murderer.”

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Posted: 2/2/2009 10:11:03 PM 

 

A number of readers have written and called complaining about not finding copies of my novels in Bangkok.

 

For every problem there is a solution.

 

My publisher Heaven Lake Press has announced that it will invite readers to purchase books directly from its office. You can come to the office between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Customers receive a 10% discount. And a 20% discount for a purchase of five or more books. Sorry there is no credit card facility. So you’ll need to pay for the books in cash.

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Posted: 1/26/2009 5:25:58 AM 

 

Bernard Trink reviewed Paying Back Jack in The Bangkok Post Friday 23 January 2009, concluding, “Moore has the intellectual and emotional ability to perceive what is in the hearts and minds of the Thai populace. Not least, he grasps the nuances of language. . . .I dare say a screen adaptation of at least one of the Calvino books isn’t far off.”

 

Indeed a film is in the works for the Calvino series.



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Posted: 1/22/2009 11:49:27 PM 

 

I have readers emailing where to find my books in Bangkok. That should be an easy question to answer.

If you are looking for a title in the Vincent Calvino series or one of my standalone novels such as Waiting for the Lady, Gambling on Magic, or God of Darkness, the question is where to find them.

Buyers choice: Kinokunya. This is a famous international English language Japanese own book chain. These people know books. They have a great selection in literature and crime fiction. No question it is the best in Bangkok.

So if you are book hunting in Bangkok, the best place to find a book is at Kinokunya. They have two branches: Emporium and Siam Paragon. Both branches do a good job of maintaining an inventory of new and back titles.

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Posted: 1/22/2009 11:42:17 PM 

 

Posted on www.cgmoore.com and www.vincentcalvino.com are several recent videos about the Calvino series.

 

I discuss the background of the Vincent Calvino series, how I came to write the series and create the character of Vincent Calvino.

 

Also you will find two other videos. I give a description of the story and characters in The Risk of Infidelity Index and Paying Back Jack.

 

If you are curious about the series or the last two novels in the Calvino series, the videos will hopefully be informative. The videos were shot on location in Bangkok. In late December I stayed at the Noel Coward Suite, one of the author suites in the Oriental Hotel, and the videos were filmed at the hotel suite. ...
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Posted: 1/20/2009 3:57:10 AM 

 

I will attend the Left Coast Crime 2009 conference in Hawaii 7th to 12th March. On evening of 12th March, I will be in Honolulu staying with my friend John Murphy.

 

While in Honolulu I’d like to invite friends and fans to come along for a drink that evening and I’d be happy to sign books. And enjoy a free Singha beer.

 

Place:   Sala Thai Restaurant & Bar 
           1333 Nuuanu Ave 
           Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 
           (Chinatown, Honolulu, Oahu)  Ph: (808) 529-0308

 

Date: 12th March 2009

 

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Posted: 1/20/2009 3:54:49 AM 

 

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Posted: 1/11/2009 11:23:53 PM 

 

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