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No malice aforethought

3 Jan

I feel like I’ve been insulting Raymond Chandler.

Not deliberately. But given his tough-guy persona, I’m pretty glad he’s no longer alive to hear my insult.

What insult?

I’ve been telling people that when I write the Nascent Payne mysteries (The sort-of Murder of Fiona Galloway, The Man with Two Eyes and the upcoming The No-Good Book), I’m channeling my inner Raymond Chandler.

But I’ve been reading the Kindle version of Chandler’s The Lady in the Lake and I feel put to shame. Here’s a sample from the opening chapter:

I went past him through an arcade of specialty shops into a vast black and gold lobby. The Gillerlain Company was on the seventh floor, in front, behind swinging double plate glass doors bound in platinum. Their reception room had Chinese rugs, dull silver walls, angular but elaborate furniture, sharp shiny bits of abstract sculpture on pedestals and a tall display in a triangular showcase in the corner. On tiers and steps and islands and promontories of shining mirror-glass it seemed to contain every fancy bottle and box that had ever been designed. There were creams and powders and soaps and toilet waters for every season and every occasion. There were perfumes in tall thin bottles that looked as if a breath would blow them over and perfumes in little pastel phials tied with ducky satin bows, like the little girls at a dancing class. The cream of the crop seemed to be something very small and simple in a squat amber bottle. It was in the middle at eye height, had a lot of space to itself, and was labeled Gillerlain Regal, The Champagne of Perfumes. It was definitely the stuff to get. One drop of that in the hollow of your throat and the matched pink pearls started falling on you like summer rain.

A neat little blonde sat off in a far corner at a small PBX, behind a railing and well out of harm’s way. At a flat desk in line with the doors was a tall, lean, dark-haired lovely whose name, according to the tilted embossed plaque on her desk, was Miss Adrienne Fromsett.

She wore a steel gray business suit and under the jacket a dark blue shirt and a man’s tie of lighter shade. The edges of the folded handkerchief in the breast pocket looked sharp enough to slice bread. She wore a linked bracelet and no other jewelry. Her dark hair was parted and fell in loose but not unstudied waves. She had a smooth ivory skin and rather severe eyebrows and large dark eyes that looked as if they might warm up at the right time and in the right place.

And sprinkled throughout the book are gems like this one from later in the same chapter:

The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips.

Chandler was a master at massaging words into sentences never seen before, so if you like mysteries and good writing, I highly recommend The Lady in the Lake.

On the other hand, I feel sometimes like I’m doing well if I avoid tired old chiches. Like, “tired old chiche.”

Sorry, Mr. Chandler.

Take two looks …

25 May

Take a look to the left, and a look to the right. See something twice?

Yes, it’s The Man with Two Eyes, now available for Kindle and in paperback.

The second Nascent Payne mystery sees our eponymous hero investigating the death of the daughter of his former commander, only to find out he’s been here before.

What’s that mean? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. Get your copy

Still in the works

12 Mar

The White-Silver HouseTwo books are still in editing.

In late November, I completed the final drafts of The White-Silver House, which is the fifth and final book of the fantasy series, The Day Magic Died. Soon afterward, I also completed The Man with Two Eyes, the second Nascent Payne mystery.

I turned those over to my team of critical readers for their input. I have not received input from even half of them yet.

I don’t blame them, however. For one thing, they’re all volunteers. They’re doing this to help me.

It’s also important to note that four of the five had major life changes in the last few months: an unexpected move; a new child; new jobs; etc.

The Man with Two EyesSo I am trying to prod them without being a pest – which is a tough balancing act when you’re already sort of a pest like I am. I’ll keep you posted …

Not yet

9 Mar

I’m not dead.

Yet.

I didn’t quit writing.

It’s just, well, the decision to wait until I had a milestone to report to you, was not a good decision.

The White-Silver House, Book 5 of the series, The Day Magic Died, is still in progress. So is the second Nascent Payne mystery, The Man with Two Eyes. More on those soon.

I’m also working on several other books, which I’ll also tell you more about, soon.

For now, I just want to say … I’m back.

What’s ‘The Man with Two Eyes’ about?

1 Dec

The Man with Two EyesHere’s the back cover text …

Nascent Payne, private investigator, takes on his second case, the disappearance of Helena Popov.

It soon turns out that Helena has been murdered, and Payne suspects that his client, Helena’s dad, at least knows more than he’s letting on. He may even be a suspect.

Or maybe it’s Helena’s boyfriend — or is he her pimp? Or perhaps it’s time for Payne to become a full-time Wallaby hunter.

The Man with Two Eyes is the perfect size to provide a normal reader with a few hours of enjoyable reading. But who ever said you’re normal? So adjust the light, sit back and have fun with a few hours of paranormal reading. (Though Payne’s sidekick Flynn would tell you, it’s not paranormal, it’s science.)

The Man with Two Eyes is the second Nascent Payne Mystery, and the second book in the Wallaby Hunter series.

With the second Nascent Payne Mystery in the works, now is a perfect time to read the first one, The sort-of Murder of Fiona Galloway.

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