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I want to take this opportunity for thanking each of you for your support in 2007. It has been a fantastic year. A year filled with good memories. An incredible time at Samana Negra in Spain where the Spanish version of Zero Hour in Phnom Penh won the 2007 Premier Special Director Book Award.

The Spanish trip was followed by news from my agent that she had made a 4-book deal for novels in the Vincent Calvino series. The 4-books were purchased by Grove/Atlantic Press. The Risk of Infidelity Index =1-1 has been delivered to bookstores in the United States, England and the Commonwealth. Spirit House will follow in May 2008. ...
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Posted: 12/24/2007 5:17:35 AM 

 

Pushkar is a Hindu holy city in the Rajastan desert. We spent one week in the city. The diet is strict vegetarian. No meat, chicken, pork or eggs. There are many street vendors selling local dishes.





One of the holy men of Pushkar lost in thought. ...
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Posted: 12/24/2007 5:14:04 AM 

 

Street life in the small towns of India are a world of markets, cows, motorcycles, bicycles, women balancing large bowls of produce on their heads, street musicians, vendors and the crunch of people.

In Hindu culture cows have the right of way. They are sacred. Here is one queuing at a fax shop. Perhaps sending a report to a superior.

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Posted: 12/20/2007 11:14:26 PM 

 

In a New Yorker article titled “Twilight of the Books What will life be like if people stop reading?” Caleb Crain examines the hard evidence that the culture of readers is going the way of Asian tigers.

“Between 1982 and 2002, the percentage of Americans who read literature declined not only in every age group but in every generation—even in those moving from youth into middle age, which is often considered the most fertile time of life for reading. We are reading less as we age, and we are reading less than people who were our age ten or twenty years ago.”...
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Posted: 12/20/2007 4:45:03 AM 

 

On schedule the Grove/Atlantic edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index has been released in the United States, Canada, Australia and England. One place where you can order a copy of the hardback edition is from amazon dot com.

The ninth in the Calvino series is 336 pages and the amazon price is US$14.96. The price is about Baht 500 or less than the trade paperback edition published by Heaven Lake Press. Amazon also has, in some cases, free shipping, so the price will never be better to buy a first edition of a Vincent Calvino novel. ...
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Posted: 12/19/2007 3:13:26 AM 

 

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi (Paperback)
by William Dalrymple

If you love find travel writing, a nicely woven history, a personal journey and an insightful perspective of the capital of India then you can’t do better than read City of Djinns. The prose style is elegant and laced with wit and panache. I found the history of the Mughal Empire particularly compelling. This is a world of eunuchs, lavish gardens and forts, vast harems, murder and palace intrigue, with brothers killing each other for power and wealth. ...
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Posted: 12/19/2007 12:33:31 AM 

 

The Italian edition of Pattaya 24/7 has been released by Mondadori.

This is the first Calvino novel to be translated into Italian. For any author seeing a foreign translation of his novel is a thrill. Hopefully Pattaya 24/7 will be the first among many of the Calvino novels to be brought out in Italy....
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Posted: 12/16/2007 10:18:21 PM 

 

In an article titled the Moral Agent Giles Foden has done a brilliant job on the 150th anniversary of Joseph Conrad’s birth, to revisit the importance of his work, the scope of his vision, and the personal details that in large measure influenced his work. His genius for exploring human nature ends with the conclusion that at the outer rim of the best literature, a writer is confronted with a high wall where people are simply not knowable.

“Conrad is the perennial immigrant. As his friend John Galsworthy put it: "Prisoners in the cells of our own nationality, we never see ourselves; it is reserved for one outside looking through the tell-tale peep-hole to get a proper view of us.”...
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Posted: 12/4/2007 12:43:45 AM 

 

It is that time of the year when the weather changes and the mood shifts into a low gear depression. There is medication and there are therapists. Now there is the definitive book from a Japanese author Hiroyuki Nishigaki titled: How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way?

Or let’s say you are depressed but would like to reverse the aging process. Again Nishigaki’s technique apparently works for the holy grail of youthfulness. The book is described on amazon as: “I think constricting anus 100 times and denting navel 100 times in succession everyday is effective to good-bye depression and take back youth. You can do so at a boring meeting or in a subway. I have known 70-year-old man who has practiced it for 20 years. As a result, he has good complexion and has grown 20 years younger. His eyes sparkle. He is full of vigor, happiness and joy. He has neither complained nor born a grudge under any circumstance.” ...
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Posted: 12/3/2007 4:14:35 AM 

 

Colin Cotterill has a crime fiction series set in Laos. I can recommend his Disco for the Departed.

The main continuing characters in the series are Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 73-year-old national coroner who has the ability to communicate with the spirit world. This gives, at times, a surreal spin to the crime story as the good doctor plugs into the world of the dead to find leads in his investigation of a double-murder. Dr. Siri’s companion is Nurse Dtui who dreams of a scholarship to the Soviet Union where she can continue her studies though it is reasonably clear that she will remain firmly planted in Laos. The last member of the trio is a morgue assistant Mr. Geung who is a low-grade moron (in the medical sense as opposed the usual run of the mill morons). ...
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Posted: 11/26/2007 10:32:55 PM 

 

For the past dozen years crime fiction has been attracting a growing audience. Readers get a two for one in the best of the international crime. Foremost is the story told from a point of view likely to be different from that found in locally produced crime fiction. The other compelling point is that crime fiction is another way to become an armchair traveler to exotic locations. It is the latter point that New York Books has published a top ten list of international crime fiction.

The locations around the world included on the New York Books list are: Havana, Dublin, Stockholm, Johannesburg, St. Petersburg, and The Gaza Strip. The locations from Asia include: China, North Korea, and Japan. ...
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Posted: 11/26/2007 10:25:39 PM 

 



The Grove Press edition of Spirit House will be released early summer 2008. Here’s a preview of the cover of the Grove edition:

If you are in the States or the UK is possible to pre-order from amazon. ...
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Posted: 11/21/2007 5:06:26 AM 

 

Two novels in the Vincent Calvino series are now available in mass paperback editions. The books are priced at $9.95 plus shipping. You can order The Big Weird and Pattaya 24/7 from the order page on my website.

The Big Weird (fifth in the Calvino Series)

A beautiful American blond is found dead with a large bullet hole in her head in the house of her ex-boyfriend. A famous Hollywood screenwriter hires Calvino to investigate her death. Everyone except Calvino’s client believes Samantha McNeal has committed suicide.

“The Big Weird is an excellent read, charming, amusing, insightful, complex, localised yet startlingly universal in its themes.”
—Guide of Bangkok...
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Posted: 11/16/2007 12:08:22 AM 

 

 It is common to see racially mixed couples in shopping malls, restaurants and discos in Bangkok and in other cities in Thailand. The typical couple is a Thai woman with a farang man. Though there are certainly lots of examples of Thai men with farang women. In many of my books starting with A Killing Smile I have written about racially mixed couples, their problems, conflicts, their source of anxiety, and the cultural roadblocks they often encounter in Thailand.

Slate has an article by Ray Fisman: An Economist goes to the Bar looking at how racial characteristics factor into the decision to date and marry. Here are some of Fisman’s conclusions: ...
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Posted: 11/9/2007 2:55:08 AM 

 

Marcel Proust wrote about memory in Swann’s Way. Like Turner’s famous paintings of sunsets, Proust took readers inward to cull, witness, enjoy, and interpret that great terrain of the remembered past.

A great deal of our identity is shaped by what we remember about the past. Memory, in most people, is variable, fickle, and unreliable. At the base level, memory is a pattern recognition system rooted in the billions of neurons in our brain. In a recent National Geographic article titled Remember This by Joshua Foer, the author recounts Jorge Luis Borges famous short story about memory: ...
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Posted: 11/7/2007 11:00:10 PM 

 

The best writing is fueled by passion. In the case of Raymond Chandler, there is a strong case that his heart-felt passion for his wife was the dominant force that propelled his writing.

There is a biography published on 6th November 2007 about the relationship between Chandler and his wife. Richard Rayner recently reviewed 'The Long Embrace' by Judith Freeman in the LA Times ...
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Posted: 11/7/2007 3:59:27 AM 

 

Neurology is closing in on answers to this ancient question. Novelists are in the business of inventing, refining and explaining the “self” found in characters. But do we really have a grasp of the mechanisms that create a sense of self?

In an article titled The Neurology of Self-Awareness, V.S. Ramachandran discusses the current theories and research.

“There are many aspects of self. It has a sense of unity despite the multitude of sense impressions and beliefs. In addition it has a sense of continuity in time, of being in control of its actions ("free will"), of being anchored in a body, a sense of its worth, dignity and mortality (or immortality). Each of these aspects of self may be mediated by different centers in different parts of the brain and its only for convenience that we lump them together in a single word.” ...
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Posted: 11/4/2007 11:52:58 PM 

 

In pursuit of one's own shadow

By Zinovy Zinik

Zinovy Zinik is a novelist who fled the Soviet Union in the 1970s and ended up living in Britain. He has written an article containing a number of thought provoking observations about a writer who leaves one culture to live and write in another. “People are becoming more and more enclosed in themselves, less tolerant of outsiders, of those who don't belong to their tribal cultures. Their tribal integrity remains remarkably intact, the singular sense of belonging is undisturbed by the plurality of the world outside.” For an émigré living in Asia, the idea of tribe is implicit in political, social and economic life. It is the predominant, moving force that is used to bind and unite people toward common purpose....
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Posted: 11/4/2007 11:52:01 PM 

 

My publishers Grove/Atlantic have come up with the jacket cover design for hardback edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index

The subtitle on the cover will be: A Vincent Calvino Crime Novel. The Risk of Infidelity Index is scheduled for release on 21st December 2007 and is now available at Amazon for pre-orders in case you wish to send a copy as a Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year gift to a friend.

I’d appreciate any feedback on the cover: chris@cgmoore.com ...
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Posted: 10/30/2007 11:38:54 PM 

 

There is a gurgling sound coming from below. This is the sound of discontent being registered about the power and influence of the rich in America. The way things are shaping up, it is a good bet that wealth accumulation, tax ceilings, inheritance tax, health care as well as education are all taking aim at the society of super-rich. Wedged between the indictments that the rich have harmed America by the corruption of resources and marketplaces, Mark Blim writes in his article titled Below the Fold: A World without the Rich:

“Second, the rich corrupt the major institutions of American society. It bears repeating that the rich don’t get rich or stay rich simply by making better widgets and saving the profits from their corporate endeavors. They make legislatures dysfunctional, regulatory authorities their watchdogs, and professions their poodles. They corrupt presidents. They even corrupt each other, as corporate heads are bribed with board positions and in turn protect the interests of the company that bribed them.” ...
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Posted: 10/30/2007 12:24:37 AM 

 

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