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Monday, September 25, 2006

So what would you do? (Don Winslow)

So what would you do? (Don Winslow)

My good friend Don Winslow has a small problem, which we are looking for ideas for. Don is now a national best seller with two movies being made from his books and a third in the works. You can find out more about him on his web site rather than me going through all that here. (www.donwinslow.com).

Now, the problem. There is another Don Winslow, who is a writer as well. Only the other Don Winslow writes porn, and not just porn, but some very ... um ... I guess degrading is a good word for it. Don wants to be able to be distinguished from this other fellow. While I'm sure we can all agree that censorship is not an option, or even a good idea, still, it is getting a little tiresome having bookstores cancel a signing because they think Don writes the other stuff, or having people show up to cuss him out at a signing.

So back in January I got him a web site and started posting things on there. I also put out a few articles for him and got some links. But I got to thinking that Don can't be the only one that this has happened too. What about book titles? I know some writers that get really caught up on the title and they don't care how many books are out there with the same one.

So, given this situation, what would you do?

-- Glenn out

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Meritorious Mysteries: Macavity Nominees

The Macavity Awards will be presented during the Open Ceremonies at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, on Thursday, September 28, in Madison, WI, U.S.A. Check the Bouchercon schedule for exact time, but 6:30 is what we've been told. Please plan to stop by and meet these wonderful writers. And, if you can't make it, you have a great list of mysteries to read. See below.

The Macavity Awards are nominated by and voted on by Members of Mystery Readers International. For more info on MRI, go to: Mystery Readers International.

See you in Madison!

Janet Rudolph, Editor, Mystery Readers Journal

Best Novel
One Shot by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
The James Deans by Reed Farrell Coleman (Plume)
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Vanish by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books)
Strange Affair by Peter Robinson (William Morrow)
The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (Knopf)
Solomon vs. Lord by Paul Levine (Bantam)

Best First Novel
Immoral by Brian Freeman (St. Martin's)
All Shook Up by Mike Harrison (ECW Press)
Baby Game by Randall Hicks (Wordslinger Press)

Nonfiction
Tracks to Murder by Jonathan Goodman (Kent State University)
Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed by Stuart Kaminsky; photographed by Laurie Roberts (Hothouse Press)
New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, edited by Leslie S. Klinger (Norton)
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (Norton)

Best Short Story
'It Can Happen' by David Corbett in San Francisco Noir, Akashic Books
'Everybody's Girl' by Robert Barnard (EQMM, May 2005)
'The Big Road by Steve Hockensmith (AHMM, May 2005)
'There Is No Crime on Easter Island' by Nancy Pickard (EQMM, Sept-Oct 2005)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
In Like Flynn by Rhys Bowen (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Spectres in the Smoke by Tony Broadbent (St. Martin

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wildland Fire: Fire Dependant Ecosystems

Wildland Fire: Fire Dependant Ecosystems: "Several reproductive-oriented adaptations allow plants to take advantage of, or even require, wildland fire. Fire has been shown to trigger and/or increase seed release in some species, such as lodgepole and jack pines, and to stimulate flowering and fruiting in some shrubs and herbs. Some seeds remain dormant until the seedcoat is scarified, or cracked, which can result from intense heat or fire. Some pines have serotinous cones, in which the seeds are sealed in the cone by a waxy pitch that requires fire to remove the seals and free the seeds for germination."

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards

Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards: "The Macavity Award is named for the 'mystery cat' of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories.

The year listed is the year of the award, for books published in the previous year.

2006

Best Novel:

* One Shot by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
* The James Deans by Reed Farrel Coleman (Plume)
* The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
* Vanish by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books)
* Strange Affair by Peter Robinson (William Morrow)
* The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (Knopf)
* Solomon vs. Lord by Paul Levine (Bantam)"

Don Winslow’s Official Website::» Novelist and Screenwriter

Don Winslow’s Official Website::» Novelist and Screenwriter

No word yet on who is going to be writing the screen play for Winter of Frankie Machine. I did hear that for a while Don Winslow was thinking about doing it himself, but for some reason that is no longer the case. Not really a surprise though, since few authors do the screen plays as well.

Dennis Boutsikaris has been chosen for the reading of the audio version of Don Winslow’s Winter of Frankie Machine.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Winter of Frankie's Machine

Not even done, and the movie on The Power of the Dog not complete yet, the "The Winter of Frankie Machine” is already taking up a great deal of air-time since De Niro has been attached to the project. Several Don Winslow fans >are already posting their interest.

The trade says De Niro would play a Mafia hit man who has given up the game to become the proprietor of a bait shop. When he finds out that he's been targeted for a hit, he gets back in the business.

No writer is yet aboard to adapt the book, which is expected to hit stores in 2006 from Knopf.

Paramount has acquired the rights to the project which would mark a long overdue return to the mafia crime genre for DeNiro. No filming dates are set but I would imagine that Paramount would be anxious to cash in on all the fans of DeNiro’s mafia pics such as Goodfellas, The Untouchables and The Godfather II.

Don Winslow on : The Power of the Dog

The impetus for "The Power of the Dog" came from a brutal, drug-related massacre of 18 people, including women and children, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, in 1998.

He wondered: "How do you get to that point? How does anybody get to that point?"

Winslow initially set the story, which took six years to research and write, in 1998. He quickly backtracked to 1993 and then 1985 before settling on 1975 to begin the book. That year marked the creation of the Drug Enforcement Agency, which undertook defoliation operations of Mexican poppy fields with the goal of putting drug dealers in the Mexican state of Sinaloa out of business.

Instead, a beast was created.

"It was the reinvention of the Mexican drug industry from a group of local, rural drug growers into a cartel that was centralized," Winslow says, "and then realized it could make a lot more money importing cocaine from Columbia and moving it than it could by growing the poppy.

"It was a very pivotal year. It was the law of unintended consequences. We thought we were destroying the home ground of heroin importation in the country. The real consequences were just metastasizing it, just spreading that cancer and forcing it, in a way, to become better organized and more efficient, which it did."

While the background information in the novel is derived from Winslow's research; the interaction of the characters is a work of his imagination.

There's Arthur Keller, a DEA agent who risks losing his credibility and family when he becomes embroiled in a personal vendetta against Adan Barrera, an intelligent and ruthless drug dealer whose life is changed when his daughter is born with a terminal disease. There's Nora Hayden, a young girl who becomes a high-priced escort and then a confidante of Father Juan Parada, a Catholic priest, reformer and champion of the poor who is at odds with the hierarchy of his church.

No one in "The Power of the Dog" is without sin; nor is anyone without some measure of redemption.

"It can be too easy to create silhouette villains," Winslow says, "and just have these black cardboard figures. And the same with heroes, I suppose. What I wanted to show was some of the moral and emotional complexity of the war on drugs.