Thursday, June 14, 2007

Uhm, hi.

First, apologies for the long break (if anyone has noticed or cares).

There hasn't really been much to report, though I find now that I have an event looming next week. I'll be at the Muswell Hill Bookshop, 70-72 Fortis Green Road, N10 on Wednesday the 20th at 7.00pm. I'll be there with Andrew Martin, author of Necropolis Railway, The Lost Luggage Porter and Murder at Deviation Junction, amongst other books. We'll be giving brief readings and chatting about our work. I guess. I dunno. What usually happens at these things?

Another review to report, this time in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Edward Pettit (a National Book Critics Circle member,no less) writes: "Morris' sequel is firmly encamped in the mystery genre. Petrovich is the sleuth who must catch the killer. But Morris' use of a generic form does not dilute the idea of human suffering that Dostoyevsky wished to explore. Morris' twist is investigating the suffering of the investigator, not the criminal. In identifying with the killers he chases, Petrovich bears the terrible weight of suffering in the world. His profession forces him to perpetually wander the Siberia of his own soul. Morris' novel is a book not about the metaphysics of murder, but rather the metaphysics of the investigation of murders. As such, The Gentle Axe proves a worthy sequel."

Read the whole thing here.


James said...

Definitely noticed you'd gone fishin', Roger - for the first time in a year or so, I haven't felt a relentless pressure to buy and read one of your books.

Congrats on another good review.

Roger Morris said...

I'm trying reverse psychology for a change. See if not badgering people works better.

birdandbuffalo said...

Great review. I wondered what was going on...

Shame I won't be able to make the thingie at the bookshop.

But don't forget about a drink another time, K?


disgruntled commuter said...

Oh boy, fond memories of the Muswell Hill bookshop as I grew up (partially) in Muesli Hill.

Please note (if I may be permitted a small plug of my own) the new blog address ... please update your links

Mary Ellen King said...

Roger, if I could be in London right now, I'd be there! Besides, I have not forgotton your promise of a pint. Well, make that a soda since I don't drink. Have fun reading at the bookshop.

Mary Ellen King

Roger Morris said...

Hi there, B&B, disgruntled and mary.

B&B - defo.
DC - willco.
Mary - thanks for looking in!