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Crime fiction centers on matters of the heart.

Understanding the emotions that defines the inner life of people goes a long ways to creating memorable characters. The deeper the understanding of the feelings of others, the more the characters in a work of fiction spring off the page as full-fledged, breathing and living people that readers can identify with. Empathy depends on the accuracy of how well the author relates those feelings to readers.

 

Authors who follow the emotional terrain of their characters in another culture have a significant learning curve before their local characters reach the same emotional depth as the characters from their own culture. The struggle of an expat writer is to find the heart beat of characters whose emotional life is defined by another language.

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Posted: 10/15/2008 1:15:10 AM 

 

With the world financial meltdown one question is where will be the next opportunity to invest. If you’re a writer, businessman or investor, Vietnam might be on your list as the next place to be once things begin to improve internationally. This is a good time to research information about the Vietnamese market. The best information always comes from those in the inside.

 

A free seminar entitled "Business Opportunities in Vietnam" will be held on October 29, 2008, from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand will preside. Some of the top Thai business people who have invested in Vietnam will also be on the panel.

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Posted: 10/13/2008 6:06:30 AM 

 

Paying Back Jack, the 10th novel in the Vincent Calvino crime series, will be available to ship after 15th November. The first 25 readers who pre-order PAYING BACK JACK, will receive a signed copy. As investments go, a signed copy of JACK may yield a dividend in the future.

 

Here’s a preview of the new Calvino novel:

 

A retired general had a deadbeat tenant. Calvino is hired and though he get 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: 10/10/2008 12:16:34 AM 

 

A fair number of readers use libraries to satisfy their reading habit. The question is whether they can find a copy of The Risk of Infidelity Index or Spirit House in a library near where they live.

 

This has usually been a hit and miss affair. Now there is a website that let’s you answer that question: http://www.worldcat.org/ before you go out the door to hunt down a book on library shelves.

 

You’ll be able to track down the latest Vincent Calvino crime novel in the library close to where you live and work. A cool feature about this website is that it also tracks libraries internationally.

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Posted: 10/9/2008 11:30:25 PM 

 

This is the serious music for crime fiction lovers. While writing, I am usually plugged into an online Jazz/blues station. This weekend in Bangkok, there is a chance to catch a world-class jazz/blues singer.

 

Her name is Teresa Tudury and she’s from San Francisco. Teressa will be performing life in Bangkok for three shows on October 9th at Witches Tavern and at Tokyo Joe's on October 10th and 11th. She has played in the Bay Area for years, and was a former cast member for "Beach Blanket Babylon" and an actress on the Magic Theater. For the last two decades, Teresa has performed in Los Angeles where in addition to music gigs, she wrote comedy and worked as a character actress on stage and screen.

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Posted: 10/9/2008 1:19:49 AM 

 

A public forum featuring English language authors is infrequent in Thailand. So when such a rare event does happen, it is worth drawing to your attention. On Wednesday 8th October 2008 from 19.00 to 21.00 hours, you can (if you are in Phuket) go along to hear author Jim Newport talk about his new book Chasing Jimi.


Newport is the author of the Vampire of Siam trilogy and is also an Emmy-nominated production designer. He will read from his latest novel Chasing Jimi - a fictional account of a year in the life ofJimi Hendrix. 

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Posted: 10/6/2008 1:37:35 AM 

 

One mistake in yesterday's blog -- The Charlie Chan films didn't start up in the 1940s. Mark Schreiber informs me that the Chan movies can be traced back to the early 30s. He also sent along an interesting piece of trivia: the first Charlie Chan film was a silent movie released in 1928, featuring George Kuwa, a Japanese-American as the Honolulu detective. ...
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Posted: 9/30/2008 1:57:41 AM 

 

Mark Schreiber, a leading crime fiction critic in Asia, has an article in the Japan Times this weekend entitled:

Western heroes in Asia: missing and believed dead.

Schreiber writes: “I suddenly realized that spy stories, thrillers and police procedurals set in this part of the world, in which Caucasian superheroes get to whack sinister Asian villains, have been rapidly disappearing.”

 

He also talks about the Vincent Calvino novels as a partial exception to his thesis:

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Posted: 9/29/2008 12:34:00 AM 

 

In November I will be in a New York for a week. I will attend the special ceremony for Barney Rosset on the 19th of November. 

 

The New York Times ran a good piece by Charles McGrath about Barney Rosset titled: Publisher Who Fought Puritanism, and Won.

 

“On Nov. 19 Mr. Rosset will receive a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation in honor of his many contributions to American publishing, especially his groundbreaking legal battles to print uncensored versions of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” and Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer.” He is also the subject of “Obscene,” a documentary by Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O’Connor, which opens on Friday at Cinema Village.”

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Posted: 9/26/2008 5:40:20 AM 

 

My US publisher Grove/Atlantic will release the trade paperback edition of  The Risk of Infidelity Index in January 2009. Here’s a preview of the cover:

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Posted: 9/26/2008 5:38:24 AM 

 

The Heaven Lake Press edition of the 10th Vincent Calvino novel, Paying Back Jack, will be out in early December in Thailand. The distribution for this edition is limited to the Thailand. The Grove/Atlantic edition will be out worldwide in the Fall, 2009. ...
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Posted: 9/26/2008 5:32:51 AM 

 

Like many published authors, I receive emails asking how the sender can find a literary agent to represent their work. No question that this is a tough time to break into publishing. Not that, as far as I can see, was there ever an easy time.

The first hurdle for any writer is to find an agent. Without an agent there is a slim to none chance that a publisher will consider you book. Thirty years ago, you could have submitted an over the transom manuscript. Today I doubt modern offices have transoms.

In August, Writer’s Digest published an article by Chuck Sambuchino titled: 28 Agents Who Want Your Work.

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Posted: 9/18/2008 1:13:29 AM 

 

Georges Simenon, the Belgian writer, who died in 1989, authored 200 novels, 150 novellas, among other works and wrote under a couple of dozen pseudonyms. If one had counted all of Raymond Chandler’s books, and for the hell of it, added his bar bills to make another dozen books, Chandler’s output would still remain a small fraction of what Simenon produced. But Simenon’s work rarely features in the discussion of modern fiction. Simenon, the man, is often thought of as a legendary lover. To have one’s fiction largely forgotten and one’s sex adventures remembered is one of those roll of the dice outcomes. In Simenon’s case, the number of conquest he notched up with a sniper’s methodical record keeping vastly out numbered his books.

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Posted: 9/12/2008 6:31:53 AM 

 

The 9th novel in the Vincent Calvino series published by Atlantic Books has had substantial support from the UK press. The Tribune Magazine reviewer Peter Whittaker has this to say about RISK:

 

“THE central character of Christopher Moore’s debut crime novel is Vincent Calvino, a disgraced Italian-American lawyer who has decamped to Thailand and reinvented himself as a private investigator. But the word debut here does not mean that either the author or his character is a wet-behind-the-ears neophyte because Moore has written 18 books, all published in Thailand, of which this is the ninth to feature Calvino. Moore offers an explanation of sorts for this state of affairs which casts a not-entirely favourable light on the vagaries of international publishing. That aside, the important questions are can Moore write and is he worth reading? On the evidence of this novel, the answers are unequivocally yes.

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Posted: 9/10/2008 11:28:30 PM 

 

We’ve become obese with information. The critical facility to shed the useless information that only adds lard, slowing down the brain, until it is only able to receive raw, unfiltered information. Consumerism has absorbed our privacy, and instead has given us spectacle and brands and celebrities. Information retrieval, noble in principle, has become a machine tailor made to reinforce positions, prejudices, and attitudes. No one’s mind is changed in the new world. The Internet has become a place where like mind forges alliances to sell a bill of goods. They troll for buyers. It is a great place for cultist, bigots, shoot from the lip experts, and like the borg, pulls the user into the collective community.

 

The Internet has freed people from thinking. And instead has created a new commons for drive by shouters and crackpots, the Internet as their weapon of choice to machine-gun their opponents. Unfortunately we accept that their rants and screams as information. There is premise that every voice is equal; that every view deserves respect and discussion.

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Posted: 9/8/2008 5:51:40 AM 

 

There are a fair number of private eye series published in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Having nine novels in published the Vincent Calvino series, and generally following the reviews and commentary on books in this genre, it is interesting to consider the probability of a comparison made to Raymond Chandler and his private investigator, Philip Marlowe.

 

I propose a new law for the fictional world of private eye literature. Moore’s Chandler Law is:

 

As a P.I. series grows, the probability of a comparison involving Raymond Chandler or Philip Marlowe approaches one.

 

My Vincent Calvino series is no exception to the rule. Link: http://www.cgmoore.com/viewpoints/Press_Kit_July08.pdf ...
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Posted: 9/5/2008 1:38:24 AM 

 

The Nick Cage action film Bangkok Dangerous has opened to good reviews in the United States. The New Yorker  liked it as well. Next week the film will open in Bangkok. My friend Jim Newport, who is the guy responsible for the great sets in the film, invited me out to the set during the production of the film. The bell tower in Prague was recreated on a vast sound stage in Bangkok. I had a chance to see the scene unfold one evening.

 

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Posted: 9/5/2008 12:44:22 AM 

 

By mid-morning Bangkok was boiling hot. People had awakened to discover that a state of emergency had been declared. Overnight the inevitable happened: blood has been spilled in the streets of Bangkok. Pro and anti-government clashed. News reports say one upcountry man was killed and forty-four others injured.

 

This morning and early afternoon driving on Bangkok streets everything appeared, on the surface, normal. People were shopping, eating in restaurants, walking on the streets. But  across town in the area around Government House, a different story unfolds. If the story were a noir novel, then it is at the point in the story, where the abject bleakness and despair descends as the main characters seek a final confrontation.

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Posted: 9/2/2008 3:35:00 AM 

 

There is the sound of thunder to the West. The Bangkok sky is ghoulish gray. Outside my window the motorcycle taxi boys are scanning the sky. Inside their offices, workers are scanning the Internet and Thai TV for news. Petitions have been lodged with the Thai judiciary. The government has requested an injunction and for arrest warrants naming five mob leaders.

 

Last night a mob (some estimate to be 25,000) occupied a radio/TV complex in Bangkok, and later broke into and occupied Government House. Tempers are on edge. Violence is in the air. But the police and military have exercised restraint. There is tension and uncertainty as everyone hunkers down and waits for the final confrontations on the streets to play out. Forces hidden out of sight are huddling, contemplating, weighing, and planning. One plan is to starve them into submission. No food is allowed into the building. No keys given out to the washroom.

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Posted: 8/27/2008 5:42:37 AM 

 

If Arthur Krystal’s collection of essays titled The Half Life is anything like the one posted on Harper’s, Sentences it is worth reading. Krystal has a masterly voice like a student from the back of the classroom shouting that the teacher’s panty line is showing.

 

Here’s an excerpt:

“Writers who scrabble for a living come in three denominations: the midlist writer who generally writes better than the big-name writer but has a much smaller following; the even less well-known experimental writer who refuses to sell out and publishes in out-of-the-way journals with names like Egg or Behemoth; and the somewhat successful writer who publishes in all the “right” places, but never really breaks out. To fall into any of these categories is to encounter neglect, rudeness, and indifference.”

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Posted: 8/27/2008 3:53:41 AM 

 

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