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Fabio Novel, an Italian novelist, has sent along a note about the publication of DizioNoir which is distributed throughout Italian bookshops. DizioNoir (as DictioNoir), a sort of dictionary of thriller, noir and spy stories authors, plus some articles on subjects in topic. It is a teamwork, and a first time for this kind of essay in Italy.

I was pleased to find the listing on page 112 of DizioNoir. The Italian edition of Pattaya 24/7 comes on in December 2007.
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Posted: 12/8/2006 12:02:50 AM 

 

There is a good piece from Detectives Without Borders featuring Qiu Xiaolong's A Case of Two Cities This is the fourth of Qiu Xiaolong's novels and his Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Bureau. In a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, the conclusion was made: “Chen stands in a class with Martin Cruz Smith's Russian investigator, Arkady Renko, and P.D. James's Scotland Yard inspector, Adam Dalgliesh.”

I have been rereading Death of a Red Heroine and found the first 150 pages slow. At that point the story kicks in as Inspector Chen Cao’s relationship with the journalist starts to go into high gear and the high-ranking cadre who takes nude photographs becomes the main suspect in the murder. The author according to a recent interview has drawn from his own childhood experiences, passion for poetry and interests such as chess are drawn upon to flesh out Inspector Chen Cao. ...
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Posted: 12/3/2006 9:26:30 PM 

 

A website for those who want their mysteries set in East Asia & Southeast Asia is Readers Advice

China
Japan
Laos
North Korea
Southeast Asia (general)
Tibet

Included on the list are Cotterill, Colin: Siri Paiboun series, Christopher G. Moore: Vincent Calvino series, Adamson, Isaac: Billy Chaka series, Peter May: China Thrillers series, and Christopher West: Inspector Wang series. ...
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Posted: 11/28/2006 9:46:49 PM 

 

You’ve been hungry, scared, over-tired but you knew that somehow you’d survive. In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road the world is a colorless gray with ash covering the trees and snow, in the streams and rivers, fields and empty towns and villages looted, robbed and ransacked. The survivors of an unspoken world-ending event revert to roaming bands who hunt other human beings for meat. The narrator struggles against a bleak, lifeless landscape to keep himself and his son alive, telling his son, they are the good people, they would never eat another person. The novel is powerful as it reveals a side of human nature unrestrained by any principle, value or ethics; just an raw animal desire to survive at any cost. ...
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Posted: 11/23/2006 12:00:46 AM 

 


Howard Richardson (ex-Metro), Christopher G. Moore, Colin Cotterill (author), and Phil Cornwell-Smith (ex-Metro)

On the opening night of Stephff’s Exhibition of political cartoons, a number of writers and journalists were present.

Weapons of Mass Derision - Stephff's cartoons
November 15-December 1, 2006 - MAP to the exhibition ...
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Posted: 11/20/2006 4:33:45 AM 

 

 Good news from our literary agent in Israel. Spirit House has been bought by one of Israel’s leading publisher and will be translated into Hebrew in 2007. ...
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Posted: 11/17/2006 3:48:42 AM 

 

It is 50 years since Jack Reynolds A Woman of Bangkok was published in New York. The ranking of the novel on amazon.com is #1,856,650. The raw number of an amazon ranking isn’t always a true indicator of the importance or significance of a book.

A Woman of Bangkok is, in my view, a significant book. There is no Wikipedia article for Jack Reynolds. No movie was ever made from A Woman of Bangkok. It is useful to look back at A Woman of Bangkok with two other novels set in this region in the 1950s. ...
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Posted: 11/17/2006 3:47:02 AM 

 

An essential part of the publishing process for a writer of fiction is finding the right action. They are the gatekeepers. The large iron door to editors open wide enough for them to slip a manuscript inside.

Author Nicholas Sparks as these words of advice: “Agents act as a 'filtering' system for publishers these days. For every manuscript sent to a publishing house, there were thousands of manuscripts and query letters examined by agents. Agents are always looking for well-written manuscripts. If you can't find representation for your manuscript, don't blame the agents.” ...
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Posted: 11/15/2006 4:35:45 AM 

 

Culture and history plays a big factor in way crime is organized. For those who get their organized crime information from the Godfather or the Sopranos, the image emerges of family based crime bosses rule over tight-knit families with swear an oath of secrecy as they go about their daily routine of extortion, drug-dealing, prostitution pedaling, hijacking, and gambling operations. As far as I can determine, know one has ever analyzed American organized crime along the Red state and Blue state political divide.

In China, the Hung societies which flourished during the Ching dynasty, in the South of China – the geographic area which supplied most of the immigrants to North America –were a secret society. Hung translates as “Brave” though the short hand expression was Red societies. In the North of China a rival secret society called the Ching societies were known as the Green societies. Local chapters existed not unlike Starbucks. Society members in the best tradition of Tony Soprano swore an oath of loyalty....
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Posted: 11/13/2006 10:58:05 PM 

 

I had an email from a friend about the Yes Men

I was unaware of their existence.

“The Yes Men have impersonated some of the world's most powerful criminals at conferences, on the web, and on television, in order to correct their identities. They currently have hundreds of thousands of job openings.” Their website is: http://www.theyesmen.org

But they did inspire me: ...
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Posted: 11/10/2006 5:02:21 AM 

 

For those of you looking for the next Vincent Calvino novel, it is now possible to pre-order The Risk of Infidelity Index. You will need to scroll down the page until you come to the heading Pre-Publication Orders.

The new Calvino is on schedule for release in January 2007 and as soon as the books are received from the printer, your copy will be sent via UPS. The US dollar doesn’t buy as much fried rice as it did a year ago. The price of the new Calvino is US$15.95 plus shipping. The book price is in US dollars is now less than the price in the bookstores in Bangkok (which is Baht 595). ...
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Posted: 11/3/2006 4:39:34 AM 

 

Corruption in Asia is opaque. Behind the fogged window deals are cut, payments made, transfers to offshore accounts. If it were a large, open field, then one might say the press occasionally digs around the corners, sometimes striking a small root. In the International Herald Tribune Friday 3 November 2006, in an article captioned: “In Shanghai, a prism of fiction reveals truth.” Correspondent Howard W. French read Qui Xiaolong’s novel When Red is Black.

French quotes Qui Xiaolong, who is a reporter for a Saint Louis newspaper and living in the United States, who was interviewed on NPR, “Everywhere, at every level you meet with different kinds of corruption.” He also notes that while Qui Xiaolong’s detective novels haven’t been ban in China, the local publisher changed of the city where the detective works from Shanghai to a nonsense name. “They changed a lot,” Qui said. “Some paragraphs or sentences they simply cut.” French writes Qui’s novels can be read “as a sort of almanac of today’s corruption scandal.” ...
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Posted: 11/2/2006 10:53:25 PM 

 

Death of a Red Heroine (Soho Crime) (Paperback) by Qiu Xiaolong

I came across this title through Detectives Beyond Borders: A Forum for International Crime Fiction where Peter Rozvsky ranked it number 2 in a list of 10 of his favourite non-American crime novels. From what I’ve read about Death of a Red Heroine, this takes crime fiction into the social and political realm of a society in transition from one system to another. In other words, you get more than just another murder case. It promises to deliver an intelligent insight into the minds of those living in Shanghai during the 1990s. ...
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Posted: 11/1/2006 2:40:10 AM 

 

The Spiegel Online has excerpted from “War for Wealth: The Global Grab for Power and Prosperity” by Gabor Steingart. The book has been a best seller in Germany. It has yet to be translated into English. Though Spiegel has done an English translation of an essay for their online magazine.

The author claims that the modern proletariat have no interest in education, forming into associations to advance their causes, and vote on either the extreme right or left, switching between the extremes with no difficulty. We live in a time where there is de-industrialization in Europe and North American. So far no one has focused on the long-term political consequences of this process. But it seems that TV watching and drinking on the holding pattern for the new underclass waiting for some political genius to use them to gain power. They have disappeared into their own world. But for how long will they stay inside dreary flats nursing king sized grudges?...
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Posted: 10/31/2006 4:10:30 AM 

 

I am always on the lookout for new fiction set in Southeast Asia. I came across this novel by author Bruce Cook who trained as a physicist and first worked in aerospace on the Apollo Project. He also has authored thirty screenplays and had half a dozen turned into films. How did he come to set a novel in the Philippines. He has been interviewed on this point, “I teach film making in a college where half of the students are attending on foreign visas. I always have some Filipino students. I'd talk with them about events back home. Because I had enjoyed working in the Philippines so much and because I found the Filipino people so friendly and warm.”...
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Posted: 10/30/2006 3:19:40 AM 

 

Someone has come up with a clever idea to allow you to search your first and last name to see how many people in the United States share your name. The site is called How Many of Me

Here are some Bangkok names that many people know and the number of people in the States that share the name: US Ambassador Ralph Boyce (51); William Warren (2,470); Bernard Trink (0); Stephen Leather (2); Jim Eckhart (1); John Hail (55); John Burdett (106); Jim Newport (4). ...
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Posted: 10/26/2006 5:40:17 AM 

 

The San Francisco Chronicle has a good story about the success behind the publication of Wu’s February Flowers. There are a number of revealing parts in the interview with Wu’s English literary agent about the problems of getting lost in translation and the thinness of the market in the United States (as compared with Australia) for fiction translated from Chinese into English. Wu got around this problem by writing her novel in English. To satisfy the market in Asia, Australia and England, Macmillan Press has started a new imprint Picador Asia. And February Flowers will be the first book published by the new imprint....
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Posted: 10/24/2006 4:20:03 AM 

 

In an article title *Big Money, Big Crime* I have a look at the Big money and big crime relationship in literature." It is an article I wrote some years ago, and I believe what I had to say in 2000 still holds: "Writers long ago discovered that exploring the complexity in this connection yields a powerful combination of passion, adventure, intrigue, betrayal, and danger. Crime fiction becomes a literary search for motives and intentions of the players in the big money drama where crime operates as it has always done: another market force allocating resources." ...
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Posted: 10/20/2006 4:51:18 AM 

 


B2S Bookstore has launched a promotion for Heart Talk. It is good to see the poster and display right at the front of the new B2S at Central World Branch. Unless a reader can "see" a book, the chances of buying it are greatly reduced. ...
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Posted: 10/20/2006 4:01:25 AM 

 

The New York Times reports, "The prize, an annual award of $10,000 to be known as the Man Asian Literary Prize, was announced yesterday in Hong Kong and is to be given next autumn for the first time by Man Investments." The CBC reports, The judges include:

        * Clarkson, who is a judge for this year's Giller Prize.
        * André Aciman, chair of comparative literature at the City University of New York and a judge for the U.S. National Book Award.
        * Nicholas Jose, who has written both fiction and non-fiction about China and is chair of creative writing at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
The Asian prize differed from the two established competitions in that writers may submit work in the original language or in translation, said Robb Corrigan, Man's head of communications....
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Posted: 10/19/2006 5:36:54 AM 

 

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