30 December 2010 0 Comments

Hometown ‘paper, and year’s best books

No matter how many profiles and reviews an author gets, the first time in his hometown newspaper is a special one. So I’m delighted to have been profiled this week in the South Wales Argus, which is published in Newport. It’s a fine article by Alison Sanders, an Argus reporter, and it includes my liking for the city’s parks, as well as the memories they evoke. I was particularly glad that she mentioned the now-disappeared football ground (can’t really call it a stadium; it’s capacity was about 8,000 and it wasn’t usually full) and my memory of having seen a fellow run 50 yards through the sparse crowd on the terrace behind the goal, just so he could punch some fellow in the jaw. It was an introduction to random violence which, looking back on it, may have steered me into a career as a war correspondent and murder mystery writer…

From the West of Britain to the West of the USA: Los Angeles crime writer and reviewer Tod Goldberg picks my THE FOURTH ASSASSIN for his list of the best books of the year. It’s an expert pick — the whole list, I mean, not just my book, including books about rap and other kinds of fiction — and I think you’ll find some interesting new material to add to your to-read list.

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