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With Facebook or Bebo (if you are in UK) pages have mushroomed. Millions of people have pages. I have a Facebook page (though sadly with deadlines I have little time to update it). In recent years, government agencies, insurance companies, employers, lawyers, and investigators are discovering that there is “dirt” to be mined in the pages of these online sites.

Since most people feel as they sit in front of their computer screen typing away that their confession is for a few friends, they open up and say things they would never say at dinner party. For example, you write about how much you drank last night as you staggered to your car to drive home. You write a love letter to someone online. And before long you have an online romance going to the boil. You write about how your workplace is hell and your boss is a craven, blood-drinking third-world dictator. You feel better having got that off your chest. ...
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Posted: 2/18/2008 11:59:08 PM 

 

Over the weekend The Vancouver Sun selected The Risk of Infidelity Index as one of 6 books chosen by the editor. “Our review of an earlier one said it had ‘a gumshoe swagger and a charged atmosphere reminiscent of such Asian-set films as Peter Weir's The Year of Living Dangerously.’” ...
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Posted: 2/18/2008 2:41:11 AM 

 

On Wednesday 20th February 2008 look for the announcement of the winner of a special edition of A Killing Smile. Everyone who sent a photo of a friend, relative, or bookstore employee holding a copy of The Risk of Infidelity Index is eligible. ...
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Posted: 2/18/2008 2:40:57 AM 

 

On Sunday 24th February 2008 I will be speaking before the Pattaya Expats Club. The event starts at 11.00 a.m. at the Grand Sole Hotel, Second Road Pattaya. Here’s a link http://www.grandsolepattaya.com/location.htm for location details and http://www.grandsolepattaya.com for information on the hotel. I will be talking about writing in an Asian context. The title of the talk is: “The Ghost of W. Somerset Maugham: Or why there is no vintage gossip.” I’ll be discussing the nature of “truth” and the connection between how truth is perceived depending on a number of cultural factors. If you are in Pattaya on the 24th of February, please drop in as you don’t have to be a member of the club to attend a Sunday meeting. ...
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Posted: 2/18/2008 2:40:38 AM 

 

Interim report on the 3rd draft of the new Calvino novel. I am on schedule to finish the third draft in 8 to 10 days. My work day begin in the morning with reviewing the previous days pages, then lunch. I return to my desk and begin the process of shifting, deleting, modifying, rewriting the text. After dinner, I go through the next pages of the second draft, looking at reader notes, and rethink whether the scene advances the story. Whether the characters are acting consistently, whether their motives for acting are clear, and whether background narrative is adding to a well-rounded story. This goes on seven days a week. I stop for lunch and dinner and workouts at the health club, then back to the isolation tank. ...
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Posted: 2/18/2008 2:39:27 AM 

 

That is the title of a recent article in the Financial Post 12th February 2008 by Karen Mazurkewich. Her aim is on the sexual indiscretions of expat men posted abroad. She writes:

“Infidelity happens around the world, but for expatriates on assignment in Asia, the combination of cultural isolation, career-obsessed spouses and a pervasive sex industry adds further pressure to a marriage. The city of Hong Kong has been called the "graveyard of marriages" and exclusive Bangkok nightclubs targeting foreigners, such as Pent Exclusive Club, have been dubbed "weapons of mass destruction for families" by local journalists.

An specifically about the night scene, Mazurkewich observes:...
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Posted: 2/13/2008 4:19:03 AM 

 

I have been blogging less this week. The main reason is that I am working on the third draft of the new Calvino novel. The progress is slow but sure and I expect to have the draft finished by the first week in March. I envy the writers who can write five pages, revise, move on, and then at the end of the book, hit the save button and send it off to the publisher. I pull apart the text of each draft and rewrite substantially. It’s like performing an autopsy of an unknown species, each time you look at what should be a femur and find out it is sticking out of the head, you know it is time to go back and look at the skeleton again. The main thing is to make certain that the skull is connected to the backbone....
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Posted: 2/6/2008 2:03:50 AM 

 

Over the years, some of original titles in the English edition have changed. The reprinted English editions with different titles from the original include:

Cut Out = Zero Hour in Phnom Penh
Enemies of Memory = Tokyo Joe
Saint Anne = Red Sky Falling

Non-English editions also can cause confusion. Like most writers, I have no control over the decision of a foreign language publisher to change the original English title. Most of the time, that wouldn't matter, as the new title is in a foreign language. But sometimes the foreign publisher uses a different English language title on the foreign language edition to broaden the international image of the book.

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Posted: 2/3/2008 11:21:31 PM 

 

Recently in an interview I was asked about the name Vincent Calvino. What had inspired me to use this name? In 1990-91 when I started the Calvino series, I began going through the possible names for the central character of the book I planned to write. Naming is an important act in the creation of a work of fiction. If the name fits, it somehow makes the act of imagining the character easier, more fluid and the person becomes, in a sense, “real.” ...
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Posted: 1/31/2008 9:55:56 PM 

 

These two photographs come from Terry Fitzgerald in Hawaii. Terry's wife Susan and and son Sonny are at Border's Bookstore and in the second shot at his coffee farm. I've had the pleasure of drinking Terry's coffee.


Susan and Sonny on the balcony at Borders in Kailua Kona Hawaii ...
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Posted: 1/29/2008 12:41:33 AM 

 

The last week has been a busy one. Two interviews done for Italian journalists who are great supports of crime fiction. And another interview with a German journalist who was in town, and I was able to show him a few of the haunts frequented by Calvino in the novels. A bad case of food poisoning slowed me down on Friday. It is one of those strikes to the system that you fear at first that you will die and 12-hours later wish to die. It was traced back to lettuce in a salad on a restaurant that shall go nameless.<...
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Posted: 1/28/2008 5:50:12 AM 

 

Below Adrian Halbert’s 9-year-old son, Simon, holding a copy of The Risk of Infidelity Index in San Rafael. As you can see the Calvino series is suitable for readers of all ages.



Borders Books, 588 W.Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, California.
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Posted: 1/25/2008 2:29:37 AM 

 

Marge Bunzick, mother of author Sean Bunzick, took this photograph at Round Cove, Harwich, Massachusetts.

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Posted: 1/22/2008 3:12:28 AM 

 

Stephen Leather’s Dead Men, the fifth in his highly popular Spider Shepherd series received a glowing review in The Economist January 19th - 25th. The review observes, “In brisk newsman’s style he explores complex contemporary issues while keeping the action fast and bloody…in ‘Dead Men’, Mr. Leather manages to avoid preaching while he poses tough questions about the morality of the fight against terrorism and whether the means justifies the end.”...
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Posted: 1/21/2008 5:00:18 AM 

 

Michael Kitt of Warrenton, Virginia, found a copy of Risk in his local branch of Borders. Thanks, Michael, for sending this along.



Borders Bookstore, Warrenton Village
Center, Warrenton, Virginia 20186, USA.
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Posted: 1/14/2008 11:55:54 PM 

 

My Thai language publisher Siam Inter has released the Thai translation of A Killing Smile . The title is Thai is: Ta-non-lo-gee. The rough translation is Carnal Road. I look forward to hearing from Thai readers. The book opened doors that had long been closed on the night world.

The price of the Thai edition is Baht 200 and it is available from Thai language bookstores throughout Thailand. ...
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Posted: 1/14/2008 4:42:25 AM 

 



Scott McDougal holds a copy of The Risk of Infidelity Index inside the Tattered Cover book store located at 2526 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado, USA.
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Posted: 1/14/2008 3:00:05 AM 

 

Brent Godfrey, Grand Rapids, Michigan found a copy of The Risk of Infidelity Index in an independent bookstore.



Schuler Books
3165 Alpine NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
USA...
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Posted: 1/11/2008 1:21:34 AM 

 

If you have a jpeg of yourself or someone else holding a copy of RISK, please send to: chris@cgmoore.com

A couple of readers have written in asking how to submit the photos. If you attach the jpeg to an email, it should come through. Be sure to include the location of the bookstore and your mail address for the free copy of The Big Weird . ...
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Posted: 1/10/2008 2:56:40 AM 

 

Professor John Allen Paulos, who is a mathematics professor at Temple University and has gained international fame through his many books and lectures.

He has sent along the photograph below of The Risk of Infidelity Index and his latest non-fiction book: Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up (Hardcover) Irreligion was #627 on amazon.com Like other of Professor Paulos’s titles it is destined to make the New York Times bestseller list. ...
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Posted: 1/7/2008 9:30:50 PM 

 

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