news, events, rants
Blackstar is just about all I’m listening to right now –
and may remain so for some time to come. The
biggest Bowie fan in the Jacobson books is probably
Martin Grove from Envy The Dead. The first time -
fatefully - he meets Claire Oldham, he notices Let’s
Dance playing on her car radio. Later on, in one of
his journal extracts, he tells us about the night he
slept out in an open field under a clear sky looking
(at least in his imagination) for “the starman Bowie
had promised us would show up soon and fix the
world’s mess for it. That had been a decade before
– and we were all still waiting. I’d loved Bowie when
I’d been a little kid though, used to play him loud
when my mum was out. Something larger than life
about him. Larger than my life anyway.”
"But the book’s not done. Nor is it likely to be
finished tomorrow, or next week."
George RR Martin’s announcement that his latest
Game Of Thrones novel has missed a publisher’s
deadline is certainly the most refreshing book news
of 2016 so far.
Kudos to Mr Martin for being upfront about the writing
process. Kudos also to those of his fans who’ve
posted their messages of support.
In the domain of crime fiction, a new-book-every-year
has almost become a commercial norm, often with
dubious benefits in terms of quality. Writing takes as
long as it takes and good books, on average, take
longer than bad ones.
I’ve been asked a few times recently whether you
can read my books in any order. The short answer
is yes, you can. Each book follows one of Inspector
Jacobson’s cases from start to finish and is absolutely
complete in itself. In fact, a lot of new readers are
beginning with the latest book, THE EVIL THEREOF.
Very sensibly, in my view, since it’s currently the
most reasonably-priced of my titles by a big margin.
We are slowly getting to grips with the back catalogue
so you can expect to see new deluxe digital editions
of several of the older titles appearing during 2016
(and also at a sensible price). More news on that
soon. Meantime, whatever Christmas and New
Year signify to you, have a good one …