: An interview with Duane Swierczynski

imagesWelcome back, Duane. It’s a pleasure see you again on my blog. Our last interview was in 2009, when you went to Italy maybe with your only novel published here “Uccidere o essere uccisi” Severance Package (St. Martin’s Press, 2008). It had been very well received, especially by the experts. I remember enthusiastic reviews to the book. That experience was to be published in Italy?

I’m a quarter Italian (on my father’s side), so it was a thrill to be published in Italy! The only thing that struck me as strange was the cover, which featured a man in an animal costume holding a shotgun. There are no shotguns in the novel, and there are no animal costumes. Artistic license, maybe? I just hope that Italian readers had fun with it. Continue reading

: Book Review – The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke, (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

cover88521-mediumPub Date 30 Aug 2016
Simon & Schuster
The Jealous Kind
by James Lee Burke
Literary Fiction

Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke—an atmospheric, coming-of-age story set in 1952 Texas, as the Korea War rages.
On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade. Against this backdrop Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed.
When Aaron spots the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a Galveston drive-in, he inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob and one of the richest families in Texas. He also discovers he must find the courage his father had found as an American soldier in the Great War.
Written in evocative prose, The Jealous Kind may prove to be James Lee Burke’s most encompassing work yet. As Aaron undergoes his harrowing evolution from boy to man, we can’t help but recall the inspirational and curative power of first love and how far we would go to protect it.

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:: An interview with Alex Connor

18933161Welcome Alex, and thanks for accepting my interview. Tell us something about you. Who is Alex Connor? Strengths and weaknesses.

Thank you so much for interviewing me. It’s such a honour for my book about Caravaggio to be published in Italy.

So to answer your first question. My strengths? I’m a great lover of art and artists. I’m fascinated by the lives of these people, having genius and yet also having all the human frailties. I’d say I was determined to understand people and have an endless curiosity for why people do what they do.

My weaknesses are too much passion and stubbornness! If I believe in something, I don’t give up until I’ve achieved it. Continue reading