Janet Hulstrand interviews me about Last Stop: Paris

Thanks to fellow Francophile Janet Hulstrand for her interview about my latest novel, Last Stop: Paris, which she posted on her blog Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. Answering her questions took some thought about why I’d chosen to write a sequel to Treasure of Saint-Lazare, not to mention about my current work in progress.

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Extract from the interview. Click to see the whole thing.

My novels were written as entertainments, which is what Graham Greene called his lighter novels of the spy-crime-thriller genre. In fact, twenty years ago the London Folio Society published a collection of all his “entertainments” — the 2004 reprint can be yours for only $250.

Don’t miss Janet’s background – she’s done a lot of interesting things, including teach at the famous Washington bookstore Politics & Prose, which Jan and I enjoyed visiting several times during a week’s visit to our old home town a couple of months ago.

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