Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Obama - the Mongolian angle...

Everyone else in the world seems to be talking about the US Presidential campaign, so I've been searching for some kind of tenuous link to this blog.  And finally I've found one

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A brain like the Mekon

Speaking of the excellent Peter Rozovsky, as I was just a moment ago (see below), he's currently hosting the rather dizzying Carnival of the Criminal Minds, a mind-expanding virtual travelling roadshow of crime fiction blogging (you'll realise from that description that I'm not entirely sure what I'm talking about, but it's a highly entertaining and informative concept, nonetheless).  In the course of the aforementioned hosting, Peter's been good enough to turn that razor-sharp intellect in our direction and has included a link to this humble blog.  Thanks very much, Peter, and welcome to anyone who stumbles across us as a result!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A long way from Clare to here

Well, hello again, and a Happy New Year! 

Just returned from a week on the west coast of Ireland, celebrating the New Year with various members of the immediate and extended family.  And very nice it was too, thank you for asking.  It's difficult to think of a better location for any kind of celebration.  A few pints of stout, some excellent sea-food, winter sunshine, and a January walk on the extraordinary sea-swept landscape of The Burren. 

I took the opportunity to read a couple of recent Irish crime-novels of the kind so enthusastically espoused by Declan Burke on his fine Crime Always Pays blog.  Some may recall the mild spat caused by Clive James's New Yorker article on crime fiction.  Even those who disagreed with James's overall views should take note of his enthusiasm for Gene Kerrigan's The Midnight Choir (even though James's assessment of the book seems oddly to miss the point).  It's an excellent book - a police procedural which begins with a series of apparently fragmented vignettes and ultimately coheres into a genuine tragedy.  It also has a lot to say about the New Ireland, much of which resonated disconcertingly with the stories that seemed to be dominating the headlines while I was over there.

I also took the opportunity finally to get around to Benjamin 'John Banville' Black's Christine Falls.  I'll refrain from comment just yet as I haven't quite reached the end, though I can draw your attention to the comments by Martin Edwards who, as it happens, is also in the middle of it. 

Oh, and I was working on The Outcast.  Getting there, I think...

Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy New Year and all that

Going to be a little quiet on here for the next few days as I'm off to Ireland for a family break - and to do some more editing on The Outcast. 

So - a slightly early New Year greetings and good wishes to everyone,  and thanks for reading this (and the books) in 2007.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Something Unrotten

Radio silence here for a couple of weeks as I've been away on holiday.  Denmark, since you ask.  And why Denmark?  Well, it seemed a good idea at the time, and turned out to be an even better idea in practice - long, empty beaches, endless sunshine, perfect towns and countryside, excellent beer, friendly people.  And virtually no Brits.  It's a bit of mystery why there's so little contact between the UK and what is, after all, one of our closest neighbours.  If nothing else, the Danes should be grateful that we allow all that Atlantic rain to be dumped on us before it hits their coastline...

I'm not aware of much Danish crime fiction, though no doubt there's plenty that hasn't yet been translated into English.  There's Peter Hoeg, of course, and Christian Jungersen, but I don't know of any others.  Any suggestions very gratefully received.  Given the explosion of interest in Scandinavian crime fiction, I imagine that the Danish contingent is on its way.

Back here in the UK, it finally seems to have stopped raining for a day or two, and I've just received advance copies of the second Nergui book, The AdversaryIt's not for me to comment on the content, but the packaging is wonderful - a really excellent cover from our good friends at Quercus.  It hits the bookshops on 6 Sept, but I'm sure I'll be dropping the odd casual reminder before then. 

Sunday, June 3, 2007

'Michael Walters's Blog' - The Shadow Walker

Michael Walters is the author of the Nergui novels – a series of crime thrillers set in modern-day Mongolia described by Maxim Jakubowski in The Guardian as

‘a worthy new series in the making'.

The first in the series, The Shadow Walker , was described in The Independent as ‘compulsive reading...the descriptions of Mongolia are richly enjoyable'. The Guardian added that ‘Walters ably brings his uncommon setting to teeming life', while The Sunday Telegraph described the books as ‘an intriguing police procedural, with a formidable sleuth'.

The books focus on Nergui, a senior official at the Ministry of Security and Doripalam, the head of the Mongolian Serious Crimes Team. These two central characters are surrounded by a diverse and growing cast of supporting players – Drew McLeish, a CID officer seconded from the UK ; Tunjin, an aging, overweight and alcoholic detective; Radnaa, an elegant female member of the judiciary; and many more...

The website aims to provide an introduction to the books, excerpts and reviews, links to information about Mongolia , and anything else that takes our fancy. And feedback on the books or the site is always very welcome.