25 July 2009 0 Comments

“Kill someone soon!” Dan Fesperman’s advice on The Writing Life

Journalists often dream of turning the more dramatic events to which they’ve been witness into fiction. Relatively few do so successfully, and certainly not with the panache of Dan Fesperman. He has stood out from the crowd of journalist-turned-thrillerists since his fabulous debut “Lie in the Dark.” It was based on his time reporting from […]

28 June 2009 0 Comments

Culture and harshness in Central Europe: Adam Lebor’s Writing Life

Political writing at its best highlights the unexpected changes in parts of our world that are hidden to us. That’s true of writing about the corridors of power in our own capital cities, but it’s even more of a factor for a writer like Adam Lebor whose work – fiction and nonfiction – has captured […]

21 June 2009 0 Comments

Review: The thriller that reminds us why Euro politics matter

The Budapest Protocol, by Adam Lebor(Reportage Press) Sometimes a journalist comes across something so powerful that it seems bigger than the project he’s researching. Usually it’s put aside to serve as the basis for a future project, a magazine article or another nonfiction book. Sometimes it takes such a grip on the writer’s imagination that […]