Wednesday, December 19, 2007

January Magazine's best crime novels of 2007.

The list is in two parts. Part one is here.

Keep scrolling.

No, I mean, really keep scrolling.

A bit more.

Just a leetle bit more.

Whoa. Yep. There it is. The Gentle Axe. Picked out by a gentleman of evident good taste, by the name of Tom Nolan. Thank you, Mr Nolan.

Still time to get it delivered in time for Christmas, though according to Amazon UK there's only one left in stock.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Confessions of a serial offender.

J. Kingston Pierce has very kindly put up another one of my pieces over at The Rap Sheet.

You'll find I reveal the title of the book I am currently writing. Well, thinking about writing.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Vote for my cover!

The Rap Sheet is polling readers for their favourite crime fiction book covers. It seems that A Gentle Axe is one of the nominated titles. Get over there and vote!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Fyodor's take on the Russian elections.

It's what we've all been waiting for. Well, I have, at least. Fyodor Dostoevsky speaks out, briefly, here.

The people's Tsar?

There was never any doubt but Putin's United Russia party swept to victory, despite accusations of dirty tricks. He can't be president any more, so what will he be? It seems the Russian people just can't get over their tsars, and whatever title they give him, a tsar in all but name is what he will be.

I found this quote from the Guardian story beautifully ironic:
The Bush administration has called on Russia to investigate claims the vote was manipulated.

I was watching the Blair Years documentary last night, in which Tony Blair confessed that the more unpopular he became, and the more out of step with public opinion (in other words, us the people), the more confident he was that he was right. Of course it was Tony Blair who famously called Princess Diana 'the people's princess'. I get the feeling he has a grudging admiration for his old mate Putin, and envies the way he can just hang on to power. Would have loved to be 'the people's tsar' himself, I bet.

I got a real understanding of the old 'power corrupts' tag watching him.

An interesting footnote to the Russian election, Lugovoi, the man wanted by the British security services for the murder of Litvinenko, got elected. As a member of the Duma, he will be immune from prosecution, a mere technicality as the Russian authorities were never going to go after him anyway.