A Sunny Place for Shady People — Bouchercon


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I’ve long been a fan of crime fiction, as well as literary fiction, sci-fi, horror, biography, and all kinds of non-fiction, to name just a few of my reading interests.

So it was great fun to connect with several bestselling crime/mystery novelists — friends and former Tampa Tribune reporters Tim Dorsey and Ace Atkins plus Michael Connelly and Lisa Unger — and Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for a feature advancing last weekend’s big Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in St. Petersburg.

“Call it the chaos theory of crime fiction,” I wrote, in a piece published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “The genre, some say, is as much about order as it is about disorder — the murder and mayhem. In a world damaged by humans behaving badly, there’s something reassuring about seeing mysteries solved and evildoers brought to justice courtesy of mission-minded detectives.

Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Miss Marple, Travis McGee and Harry Bosch can’t save the world, but they could inspire confidence that good can triumph over evil.”

Read more here.

And a big shout-out to the CrimeReads site for linking to my story.

I had a blast at the conference, and will soon post about my experiences there.


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