»You know the kind of thing: the lone detective who comes into his apartment late at night, gets a beer or bourbon and stares out of the window wracked by existential angst at the horror he’s seen, all the while listening to cool jazz. And it’s always cool jazz – never Chris Barber doing When The Saints Go Marching In.«
You’re more likely to see other crime writers at gigs than literary events, so what role does music have in the creation of crime fiction? Martyn Waites asked crime writers like Mark Billingham, Steve Mosby and Cathi Unsworth about music to murder to. His blogspot at The Guardian.
»Bestselling crime writer and former stand-up comedian Mark Billingham has always been obsessed with the creative criminal minds of the past. Here Mark sets out to detect the clues dropped, in the radio archives, by his favourite crime writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dame Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, PD James and Henning Mankell.«
A information for an upcoming crime fiction programm: Mark Billingham’s Rule Book Of Crime. Billingham scours the BBC Radio archive in search of the best examples of dramatised crime fiction. His programm will start Saturday, March, 2nd 2013 at BBC Radio 4. More about the programm you will find here and you can listen to it at Radio 4.
- The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain
- The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow
- Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham
- The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh
- Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
Julia Handford with new books for your shelf, including a lost novel by James M. Cain. Her short reviews at telegraph.co.uk.
»While Billingham may have written a clever crime novel, it is Ellory who has written a great one.«
Sue Turnbull on two new crime novels: Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham and A Dark And Broken Heart by R.J. Ellory. Her review at theage.com.au.
»Mark Billingham, author of the Tom Thorne detective series, criticised the growing self-publishing industry that allows writers to sell their work electronically for pence.«
Donna Bowater reports on the discussion between Mark Billingham and Stephen Leather about e-books. Read more at telegraph.co.uk.
»There is little successful detection in this book, but the backdrop to the crimes, which occupies much of the narrative, is like watching a cruelly perceptive play about the erosion of trust, petty disputes that turn bitter, and relationships that become chipped and tarnished by careless use.«
David Prestidge about the novel Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham. His review at Crime Fiction Lover.
»All writers I know are readers first and foremost, and that’s why you become a writer.«
Javier Espinoza talked with crime fiction writer Mark Billingham about the lighter side. Read the interview at online.wsj.com.
»I’m in rainy New York and I’m speaking with Mark Billingham in sunny London.«
New York – London: Michael Connelly interviews Mark Billingham. Read the conversation at mulhollandbooks.com.