When I started to write my third novel, Finding Pegasus, I was looking for some specific plot points — I wanted a strong woman as at least one of the protagonists, and I wanted her to be a techie, and involved in the plot I had already partially designed, at least mentally. That plot was:… Continue reading How I Found Pegasus
Peter Steiner’s The Good Cop is a pitch-perfect aria in the chaotic opera that was Weimar. It illustrates the corruption of the politicians and police, the violence of the extremist freikorps ruffians, and the general fear and loathing that led to Hitler. In recent years, Steiner has burnished his reputation as author of the Louis… Continue reading Review: The Good Cop, by Peter Steiner. The chaos of Weimar
Highly recommended for Francophiles and WWII history buffs 5/5 Anyone who has followed the tragedy of the German occupation has heard of the young bicycle couriers who fearlessly bluffed their way past checkpoints while carrying secret messages for the Resistance. The girls, especially, brought flirtation and coquetry to bear on the Occupation soldiers who… Continue reading Review: SUDDEN COURAGE. The youth of France take on the Nazi occupiers during World War II.
Once a month, Adrian Leeds holds a two-hour book presentation and social gathering upstairs at a café near her home in the Marais, in Paris. I went this week because I wanted to hear Timothy J. Smith talk about his new novel The Fourth Courier. I liked what I heard and plan to read the book. Another… Continue reading Full House for Adrian Leeds’s Après-Midi book presentation
Five stars – beautifully written, imaginative, a delight to read This book will appeal to three kinds of readers: those who admire good writing, those who love baseball and want to see more of it from the inside, and fans of Neil Gaiman. Arthur Hittner’s two novels, as well as his multiple non-fiction books, encompass… Continue reading Review: Four-Finger Singer and his Late Wife, Kate
Anyone who has lived in a small town may have seen Carverville, Downie’s fictional Cannery Row, which is now an economic desert whose salmon fishery and lumber industries were sacrificed to clearcutting and environmental plunder.
Updated Nov. 20, 2018, with these new books: ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder (non-fiction) FLY BY NIGHT (Jammer Davis Thriller Book 2), by Ward Larsen (thriller) THE FIFTH RISK, by Michael Lewis (non-fiction) If you’d like to suggest a book for review, use the “Contact Me” link in the… Continue reading 30-SECOND BOOK REVIEWS
My most indelible memory of the holiday we Americans call Veterans Day happened 46 years ago when Jan and I passed through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin. We were journalists in Frankfurt at the time but had business in Berlin and decided to take in the sights on Saturday, Nov. 11, 1972. This was eleven… Continue reading Veterans Day 1972 at Checkpoint Charlie
For the last few months I’ve been casting about for some way to answer the question I’ve heard from a dozen or so readers of the Eddie Grant Series, “Where did the idea for Treasure of Saint-Lazare come from?” I put off creating this post until Finding Pegasus was published, but now that it’s selling well I thought… Continue reading The Story Behind Treasure of Saint-Lazare
THE PARIS MÉTRO map changed countless times since the first line opened in 1900. The current version, highly stylized, has been around so long it seems like the new normal, but its days are limited — the métro authority is about to introduce a new edition. If you’re a tenderfoot trying to go from Point… Continue reading The Paris Métro Map Gets a New Look