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Over at Ben Hunt’s crime fiction website: Material Witness is a review of The Risk of Infidelity Index.

“Christopher G. Moore's fine novel, The Risk of Infidelity Index, the ninth in the Vincent Calvino series set in Bangkok, does not concern itself with September's bloodless coup, but it does conjure a dark and vivid picture of a society in which power resides with money and where that money can buy the status quo it needs to continue making money.” ...
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Posted: 2/13/2007 5:01:43 AM 

 

One of the risk of writing are reviews. After you finish the long process of writing, rewriting and editing your novel, it goes out to others who judge whether you’ve been wasting your time. When reviewers judge a book a success, it all seems worth the effort. When readers judge a book worth opening their wallet, then a writer feels it is worth keeping a series like the Calvino series alive.

On 9th February 2007, two reviews of Risk are in the local newspapers.

Legendary book reviewer and Night Owl reviewed Risk in the Bangkok Post, saying, “…this book shows that Chris Moore is at the top of his form.” You can’t ask for a better final judgment than that.

And over at the Pattaya Mail, Lang Reid, who has been penning book reviews for years, he says about Risk, “exciting, enthralling and entertaining writing.” ...
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Posted: 2/8/2007 11:58:41 PM 

 

The city woke up to find the Chief of Police had been transferred to an inactive position. This is the Police Chief for the entire country. For those living in the West that translates as a “soft” firing. Think of someone being shot out of the cannon but instead of smashing against a wall, he lands against a large foam mat where he stays until reaching 60 years old and then slides down with pension in hand into total oblivion.

Apparently Police Chief Kowit learned he was “out” of the job from the press. That is one way to deliver a pink slip in Thailand; it avoids the confrontation that Thais hate. Who wanted to be the guy who walks into the Chief’s office and says, “Hey you, clean out your desk. You’re outta here in five minutes.”

Apparently there was no volunteer. ...
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Posted: 2/5/2007 11:33:10 PM 

 

The Calvino novels will be translated into three new languages in 2007. The Vincent Calvino private eye series has been sold for Spanish translation rights. The publisher, Ediciones Paidos Iberica S.A., will translate Zero Hour in Phnom Penh into Spanish and release it in a hardback edition for 2007. The deal is for Spain and Latin America.

Other Calvino novels are scheduled for translation this year. ...
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Posted: 2/4/2007 11:29:46 PM 

 

The owner of the Texas Lonestar bar in Washington Square is 84-year-old George Pipas. The Risk of Infidelity Index is co-dedicated to George who has lived in Bangkok for many decades. He’s something of a legend in this part of the world. There is also a character in Risk based on George.

George will sign 20 copies of Risk and I will also sign the 20 copies.

It is first come first serve. The first 20 readers that order Risk and anyone other book from https://order.kagi.com/cgi-bin/r1.cgi?4D9 will get one of the signed copies.

With the second hand price of some of my books selling on the Internet for over a $100.00 that isn’t a bad investment. For the price of my second hand books check out this site. ...
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Posted: 2/4/2007 11:25:17 PM 

 

On Sunday 28 January 2007, I gave a talk about The Risk of Infidelity at the Pattaya Expat Club. here were many familiar faces among the 200 people who showed up to listen to me talk about Vincent Calvino. I had been asked by several people to post my speech. I would if that were possible. I spoke from a barebones outline. The main theme was the original of Vincent Calvino and how I have come to know the private eye over the past 9 novels amounting to more than a one million words. I also talked about Calvino’s relationship with his secretary Ratana, Colonel Pratt and his side-kick McPhail.

I also talked about the background to The Risk of Infidelity. Sharing how I came up with the original story, and the context of the story –the action takes places during the demonstrations that led up to the coup on 19th September. After the speech Niels Colov interviewed me for Pattaya People cable TV and the interview will air this week. ...
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Posted: 1/29/2007 4:05:02 AM 

 

Alex Kerr’s Dogs and Demons is a seminal study of how the combination of bureaucrats, politicians and business interest can use self-interest to destroy the future of a country. That country is Japan. Kerr’s account is poignant, incisive, brutal and beautiful at the same time. He draws upon both ancient and modern Japan to paint a picture of a country without zoning or sign control, pollution regulation, a country which has destroyed its forest, rivers, and sea coast. Kyoto is transformed from the ancient city spared by the American bombers in World War II into a shabby, trashy city with ugly apartment blocks, bulldozing the green spaces, and tearing down the ancient wood houses that once defined Kyoto. The allied bombers would not have done a better job. Kerr takes the reader through the inside world of inside dealing where civil servants and big businesses work together, share ownership, and control over budgets and resources. The stench of corruption rises from these relationships and the damage done from the conflict of interest is difficult to calculate. ...
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Posted: 1/24/2007 12:06:49 AM 

 

The classic spy thriller is dead and buried. Alive and well all through the Cold War, once the Berlin Wall fell, the shovels came out and the spy thriller was given an indecent burial. There are a couple of reasons for this to have happened. Spy thrillers were premised on an identifiable rival enemy with cities, armies, and heavy-handed autocratic governments, which violated all rules of fair play. Then the game changed. Change the game; you change the players, the field, the referees, and the way your score goals.

The current enemies are scattered, living in mountain caves or London, Berlin, Rome suburbs – not the place for spies to blend in and rout the forces of evil. A new class of spy thriller can indeed rise from the ashes. Though I would predict the weight and influence of the new class of spy thrillers will draw fewer readers. And that is a pity because the spy is an archtype hero from the days of Conrad and he brought us a foreign world. Travel, in the past, was a luxury few could afford. With globalization, cheap airfares, and general leveling of all cities to one faces global city, the new world is less exotic than Conrad’s world. And the crutch of high-tech overwhelms the morality and skill of the spy. The spy, in the new, flat world, is another computer technician. One with a gun. ...
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Posted: 1/22/2007 11:02:11 PM 

 


The crowd at the Lonestar Bar turned out in force on Saturday 20 January 2007 to support The Risk of Infidelity Index. The audience pictured here were part of the larger Lonestar Bar group that gathered on Saturday.

Thanks to all for turning up for the show and your warm welcome.

Next Sunday, 28th January 2007, I will be appearing before Pattaya Expat Club. The venue is The Grand Sole Hotel on 2nd Rd between the crossroads of Pattaya Central Rd and 2nd Rd and Big C. High rise white block on right of road. I will be signing books for 10.30 a.m. If you are in Pattaya on Sunday, please drop around.

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Posted: 1/22/2007 3:11:00 AM 

 

3,000 copies of the book was delivered on 15th January 2007.

In this 9th novel, Calvino goes up against a Thai-Chinese businessman who has high-level political connections.

The infidelity of farang expat husbands leads the private eye to uncover a large scale piracy operation in Bangkok.

As political demonstrations and coup plots gather like dark clouds, Calvino becomes a moving target inside a political danger zone.

Read an excerpt: http://www.cgmoore.com/work/RISK_excerpt.pdf
Then order: https://order.kagi.com/cgi-bin/r1.cgi?4D9

As Bernard Trink wrote many times in his Bangkok Post column, “you’ll be glad you did.” ...
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Posted: 1/15/2007 9:53:01 PM 

 

Calligraphy allowed the ancient Chinese to use kanji characters in many artistic forms. The art also was adopted in Japan. Alex Kerr, an Oxford/Yale educated American author and artist, has become a master of this art. His book Lost Japan is a classic written by someone with over 30 years of experience of living and studying in Japan. Alex Kerr is fluent in spoken and written Chinese and Japanese to a level that he is a native speaker. He is the right person to bring the essence of Japanese art, literature and culture to the outside world. One impressive way of accomplishing this task has been through his writing and calligraphy. In Lost Japan, Kerr writes: “Traditionally, calligraphy was the highest of the arts. The T’ang-dynasty emperor Tai-tsung loved the calligraphy of Wang His-chih so much he odered that his copy of Wang His-chih’s ‘Orchid Terrace Preface’ be buried with him in his tomb…Calligraphy held the highest rank because it was believed to capture the soul of the writer. There is an ancient Chinese saying, ‘Calligraphy is a portrait of the heart.’”...
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Posted: 1/11/2007 10:10:16 PM 

 


Around 7.30 a.m. this morning I was on Silom and Rama IV waiting for the light to change. A military vehicle pulled to the curb and a half dozen combat ready soldiers climbed out with M-16 rifles. With rifles slung over their shoulders they walked passed the nervous pedestrians waiting at the light. Some averted their eyes; others couldn’t help but stare, shuffle their feet. It seemed like forever until the light changed....
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Posted: 1/9/2007 10:20:30 PM 

 

by Barry Hughart
Del Rey Mass Marke: ISBN 0345321383

The novel has been called lyrical and won the World Fantasy Award in 1985. The novel has rave reviews on amazon.com including “the most effective, most moving fantasy novel I have read.” Another reviewer draws with Tolkiens’s Lord of the Rings. There is a powerful incentive to pick up a book: A Lord of the Rings set in China.

I must confess I am not a big fan of fantasy novels but this one has caught my attention and appears worth a read. It came to my attention for a review by Colleen Cahill, she says of Bridge of Birds: ...
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Posted: 1/9/2007 3:00:43 AM 

 

I was home when the bombs exploded about 6.30 p.m. It didn’t take long for the news to spread. I had several SMS messages and phone calls from friends. “Had I heard about the bombings?” One of the blasts in which one man died happened about 500 meters from where I live. I heard nothing that evening. From the 11th floor, I looked out on the city, quiet, silent, and dark. The promise of the New Year is not supposed to bring in fear and uncertainty. Many people recoiled from the usual celebration and the city disappeared into a cocoon of fear. Lives were lost, people injured, and the phantoms responsible for this dark angel of death faded into the night with blood on their hands where they remain at large. Linked to our imagination only as theories. So far there are no faces to these murderers. We live with an abstraction of evil waiting for the authorities to reveal the faces that visited us with death. ...
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Posted: 1/7/2007 10:47:16 PM 

 

I have returned from five days in Phnom Penh and can report the bookstores have never had a better selection of books. Pirated editions are still around. Though I didn’t see many knockoffs on display. There may have been an author alert and the illegal editions were hidden behind the service counter. Monument Books remains the leading bookstore for contemporary bestsellers and books about Southeast Asia. They also have a bookstore at the airport. Bohr’s Bookstore and D’s both located in the vicinity around the Foreign Correspondents Club have a good selection of second-hand books. ...
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Posted: 1/7/2007 10:32:29 PM 

 

I am reading Orhan Pamuk’s The New Life.

This is an early novel by the Nobel Prize winning author having been published in 1997. The central idea of the novel is the narrator reading a book that changes in his entire life. “I felt my body sever itself and pull away from the chair where I sat reading the book that lay before me on the table. But even though I felt my dissociating, my entire being remained so concertedly at the table that the book worked its influence not only on my soul but on every aspect of my identity.”...
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Posted: 1/7/2007 10:32:08 PM 

 

A Story for Christmas Day in Bangkok.

In 2000 Heaven Lake Press published my work of fiction titled Chairs. In terms of sales, the book has been a disappointment. Everyone wants the latest Vincent Calvino novel. Vinny isn’t featured in Chairs. Guess what? Many readers passed. They love Vinny. Good for him. Bad for Chairs.

Suddenly in the USA Chairs has become a big seller (relatively speaking of course) on amazon.com

So how can a book that should have sold well in my home audience suddenly take off in the States.

Awareness of an author or book makes a difference. Recently one of my back listed titles “Chairs” had gone into a deep sleep on amazon.com Actually it had been in a coma for some years. If it had been a patient on a life support system, the plug would have been pulled a long time ago....
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Posted: 12/25/2006 3:02:15 AM 

 

I have been checking local bookstores—new and second-hand—for William Marshall’s Yellowthread Street Series. The first book in the series is titled Yellowthread Street. In 1975, Marshall was 31 years old and living in Hong Kong when Yellowthread Street was first published. The last book in this series appeared in 1998.

One reviewer wrote:

“This is the first in a series of police books (procedural is not quite the right term for them) set in the mythic underside of Hong Kong. Take one part Ed McBain and one part Susie Wong, mix it up in the high-speed blender of Hong Kong action flick influence, and serve over a taste for the bizarre with a little paper umbrella stuck on top -- that's as close as I can come to describing this unique body of work.” ...
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Posted: 12/19/2006 11:41:21 PM 

 

Jake Needham will be signing his latest novel The Ambassador’s Wife at Kinokuniya, Emporium Branch. Jake will be on hand between 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. You can call 02-664-8554-8. This is a good chance to meet the author. Please drop in at Kinokuniya and show your support for Jake. ...
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Posted: 12/15/2006 2:43:59 AM 

 

When you read a novel set in your own turf, the details incorporated into the story must be right or the creditability of the storyteller is destroyed. Fiction requires a suspension of disbelief. Mistakes about the location of where the characters move, love, hate, scheme, and survive turn drama into a cartoon.

The question becomes to what extend a publisher does elementary due diligence when it decides to publish a novel. It may be that such an investigation is viewed as suited to non-fiction on the basis (false in my view) that a novelist is entitled to flights of fancy. ...
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Posted: 12/14/2006 11:09:18 PM 

 

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