I received an interesting e-mail today from the crime-writer, Mary Reed. Mary had come across a (very enthusiastic, I'm pleased to say) review of The Shadow Walker in the newsletter, I Love a Mystery. The reviewer had mentioned in passing that my publisher had apparently claimed Nergui to be the only Mongolian detective in fiction.
Well, that kind of claim is always risky, and Mary was writing to point out that she and her writing partner, Eric Mayer, had in fact created a Mongolian detective, Inspector Dorj, who had appeared in a number of stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in the 1990s and in a story in a recent Mike Ashley anthology, The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries.
I'm only too happy to set the record straight, and also to draw your attention to Mary and Eric's excellent website. The website covers their fascinating-sounding John the Chamberlain series, set in 6th Century Byzantium, and also contains a wealth of stories, essays, reviews and other material (including an absolutely stunning set of links to Golden Age crime stories and M R James-style supernatural fiction, available through Project Gutenberg). The website is a superb resource and I'll add a permanent link to it on here.
Apologies to Mary and Eric for my publisher's over-selling of Nergui's uniqueness - but at least it's enabled me to discover their splendid site. I'll now seek out the stories, and I'll be interested to see how our perspectives on Mongolia compare. And perhaps one day we should collaborate on something which brings Dorj and Nergui together...