Book Talk

So, maybe we can get together once a week, you think? I feel like I do all the talking, and well, what can I say? calls Greg Rucka “the thriller genre’s most fearless writer,” and his latest, Private Wars, will be out in October 25. Bookreporter has 20 reader copies to give away, so get yours by emailing with your name and mailing address before September 23, 2005.

And one of my favorite authors, P.D. James, has a new one out in November, The Lighthouse. I can’t wait to see what happens between Adam Dalgliesh and Emma Lavenham. I read this quote about her last book, The Murder Room, and I think holds up for most of her novels. “Dalgliesh is one of the smartest, gentlest and most restrained cops to ever adorn a page. Moreover, every character, even minor characters, come across as fully realized.” I like that.

D’you remember Patricia Cornwell (I wonder if she’d mind being called Patty?) wrote one on Jack the Ripper a few years ago? Well, she spent thousands of pounds on a couple ads in two British newspapers to say she is right about who the Ripper is and people ought to come up with evidence to prove her wrong. What I read says she’s spent $6,000,000 on an investigation and that she’ll come out with a revised book next year.

I just noticed that James Twining of Twinings Tea in London is writing thrillers now. The Double Eagle is his first. I guess he isn’t worried about making it on his royalities.

Well, that’s enough from me. I’ll see you again soon, okay?

Jeff Grim
Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.


  1. Phil,

    I appreciate your posts. I am not sure why it is so dead around here. I have been distracted by “real life” and the start of football season. I hope to post some actual content this week. Thanks for holding down the fort.

  2. You’re welcome. I understand about other things taking up time. I have to mow the yard this evening. I usually don’t like doing it, but it’s the responsibilities of homeownership.

  3. I am not so sure the butler did it with the candlestick, but Patricia Cornwell is a great writer. I read her Jack the Ripper, but can’t really agree that she has the case all sewn up. I got into Ripperology a while back and read nearly every theory and armchair sleuth’s opinion out there. I still am clueless as to the identity of Jack. Very strange case, and fascinatingly morbid.

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