Hey all. Last stop at Maine Maritime Museum in Searsport was a fun one. Great spot, nice people. Nothing else schedule for now so back to writing. Speaking of which, I’m over at the Maine Crime Writers blog today, talking about writing movie scripts. Check it out.
December 13th, 2011
July 10th, 2010
Today was Boothbay Book Fest. Nice people. Met some old friends, made some new ones. Tuesday is Witherle Memorial Library in beautiful and historic Castine, Maine. 7 p.m. Writers series. I’m No. 2. But I try harder.
Speaking of Holland (was I?), DAMAGED GOODS was noticed by a Dutch noir reviewer, Jochem Van De Steen. He liked it, and made the Robert B. Parker comparison. It’s global, I guess. Check out the review and leave a comment so he knows he’s being read by McMorrow’s readers here as well.
May 18th, 2010
The comparisons first came years ago and continue to come. I’m flattered and not a little pleased. Robert B. Parker was arguably the best at what he did so well for so long. This, from Publishers Weekly, May 17, says DAMAGED GOODS, evokes some of Spenser. Fast company, indeed.
“Robert Parker fans who have yet to discover Boyle will be pleasantly surprised by his suspenseful ninth crime novel set in Maine featuring former New York Times reporter Jack McMorrow. … Boyle has succeeded in creating a likable lead whose sense of responsibility is reminiscent of Spenser as well as supporting characters with depth.”
I wrote about Bob Parker and his early and generous assistance in an earlier post. Scroll down.
Next stop is RiverRun Books in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. It’s my birthday. Come by and help blow out the candles. Or at least say hi and stay a bit for a chat.
November 24th, 2009
DAMAGED GOODS went to the printer last week. I’m excited about this one. McMorrow and Roxanne and their daughter Sophie go up against a crazed Satanist father; McMorrow brings home an injured prostitute with a mysterious past. Foxes, raccoons, and now a hooker. Roxanne is less than pleased.
So after all of the editing, copy editing, back and forth, it’s on its way. Kind of like pushing a kid down a slide. Away it goes. DAMAGED GOODS will hit stores in March. The last step was asking for endorsements for the jacket. My editor, Michael Steere at Down East Books, printed out a handful of manuscripts, sent them off to writers we both respect. C.J. Box, whose finely crafted mysteries are as rugged as all outdoors, said,
“Gerry Boyle’s DAMAGED GOODS started working on me like a confident boxer would: setting me up with jabs, circling, feinting this way and that, sucking me in, and then … finishing with a wild flurry. A terrific thriller with terrifically original characters.”
Tess Gerritsen, whose thrillers keep half the world on edge, said,
“DAMAGED GOODS is so compelling, it’s like literary crack — I simply couldn’t stop reading. Gerry Boyle’s twisting plot simply won’t let you go. If you want a book that will keep you up all night, this is it!”
Jabbing and feinting. Literary crack. (Am I trafficking in crime novels?) Interesting similies to describe that feeling of being absolutely gripped by a fictional world, don’t you think? We all know that feeling. How would you describe it?
July 1st, 2009
The theme continues to emerge: there’s way more to Brandon Blake than we know yet. Booklist, the library trade reviewer, likes Brandon a lot. And they wonder how he’ll grow as we watch him in future books. Writes reviewer David Pitt: “We get the impression that Boyle has barely scratched (Blake’s) surface here. It will be interesting to see whether he takes Blake in the usual amateur-sleuth direction or if he has something a bit more unusual in store for him. Keep your eyes on this one.”
I have a general idea, as I enter the last two months or so of research: riding with Portland P.D., meeting some good police officers. Watching the waterfront scene. Thinking a lot about Mia and Brandon, how young people grow up together in a relationship. Or do they grow apart? What is it that keeps a couple together? What happens when terrible things happen all around them? Do they succumb to collateral damage?
June 3rd, 2009
A first interview about PORT CITY SHAKEDOWN. Sada Reed, features editor of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, came to the house and we talked for a long while about Brandon Blake vs. McMorrow. Sada asked some thoughtful questions. a couple of them made me stop and think about just how different these two guys are. You can read it here.