»I like to write action, and I enjoy stripping a story down to its essentials, so it runs lean and mean. Some reviewers have said they’d like a breather once in a while, to spend some time with the characters when they’re not speeding the plot along. I understand that, and in some cases in the past, I’ve written those scenes and then taken them out.«
Stolen moments: J. Kingston Pierce in conversation with writer Wallace Stroby (latest novel Shoot the Woman First). The main interview you will find at Kirkus Reviews, additional questions and answers you will find at The Rap Sheet.
»Nonetheless, Solo is a consuming work, and William Boyd has made Bond his own. I wouldn’t be at all disappointed if Ian Fleming Publications begged him for a sequel.«
J. Kingston Pierce
No disappointment: J. Kingston Pierce about Solo, the new James Bond novel by William Boyd. His review at The Rap Sheet.
»The Long Goodbye is hardly a murder mystery–the death that moves the plot forward happens off stage and Marlowe never even sees the body–and yet it has captured the imagination of millions of readers over the last 60 years. Why? Because Chandler wanted to write something that wasn’t bound by the rules of the mystery genre, but he found himself enmeshed in its rules anyway, because of Philip Marlowe.«
Tom Williams, author of A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler recalls the difficulties Raymond Chandler encountered in producing The Long Goodbye. Read his worth reading essay at The Rap Sheet.
»In my opinion, Leonard is up there with James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Charles Willeford, and Patricia Highsmith as one of the best crime writers of the past 100 years. And I think he’ll still be part of the conversation 100 years from now.«
J. Kingston Pierce
Be Cool, Elmore Leonard: A worth reading homage to Elmore Leonard by J. Kingston Pierce. Read more at The Rap Sheet.
»I wanted to depict how men and women are often brought down by their friends as well as their enemies. I also wanted to comment on the mainstream media which, to me, are lazy and vicious, while missing so many important stories.«
Ballots and Bullets: J. Kingston Pierce in conversation with writer Ed Gorman about mysteries and politics. A short version of the interview you will find a Kirkus Review, a long at The Rap Sheet.