This blog will be devoted to interviews with authors of mysteries and thrillers who have a particular connection with a city or locale. Think Simenon and Paris, Conan Doyle and London. Now think extant writers: Cara Black and Paris, Philip Kerr and pre-war Berlin, Matt Beynon Rees and Jerusalem, Donna Leon and Venice, Jason Goodwin and early nineteenth-century Istanbul, Leighton Gage and contemporary Brazil, and yes, yours truly for Vienna 1900.
Do not expect a daily blog. I am a working writer with novels to write. But I hope to have regular interviews with other working writers, talking about spirit of place and how locale can become a major character in our favorite mysteries. Please feel free to make suggestions of books and authors. And please feel free to start or add to conversations on the comments pages about what makes for great mysteries and thrillers.
I also irregularly post a series of writings on my life in Cold War Europe; these are archived under the “Diverse” section of the “Categories” heading on the right hand scroll. Here you will find tales from my life in a cave in Crete to a strange friendship with a blue-eyed African perched in a Viennese tower. These are essais in the truest sense: attempts at memoir and a fond look at past times.