Boucher Con Sked and More

October 2nd, 2012 by Max Allan Collins

I am frantically working to get two Heller chapters done (I’m in the middle of the first of the two) before leaving for Bouchercon on Thursday morning.

Here’s our Bouchercon schedule:

Barb’s panel (she is the moderator) is at 9.m. Friday. It’s about geriatric crime fighters: MYSTERY MATURES.

MAC’s panel (not moderating) (also not moderate) is at 11:30 a.m., also on Friday: MANFICTION (not my fault).

No room numbers, but if you’re attending, it won’t be tough to find us.

There is a new e-book from Top Suspense, WRITING CRIME FICTION, with chapters by all the members on various topics. Mine is on writing Historical Fiction. It just came out today, so snag it:

And here’s a terrific advance review of TARGET LANCER from that fine crime writer, Bill Crider.

Check out the Big Thrill’s TARGET LANCER write-up here.

And this is a really cool, smart review of the new Mike Hammer short story, “Skin.”

Finally, this nice interview with my Hard Case editor, Charles Ardai, discusses the re-discovery of the final James M. Cain novel, the recently pubbed THE COCKTAIL WAITRESS. Charles is kind enough to mention my role in bringing this important dark novel to the light.


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3 Responses to “Boucher Con Sked and More”

  1. Spike says:

    Two chapters, thats a lot of work. I’m currently re-reading Majic Man
    and realizing you’re at your best when you get deeply into setting
    the scene and the mood in the Heller books. You’re description of
    how Georgetown went from an old slum to what it is today (or 1949)
    is excellent. Too many authors skip the details because its just too
    damn much work. I could see Heller on those streets and in those
    neighborhoods. To get all that detail I’m sure you had to do hours and
    hours of research, for what eventually became 4-5 written pages. But
    from the readers standpoint, we appreciate your extra effort. It made
    me Google Georgetown and look at some of those old mansions.

  2. It’s good to hear you like the color. I am always unsure of how far too go with that kind of thing. I have Heller in 1964 Dallas right now and am wrestling with the issue.


  3. Spike says:

    James Michener overdid it on color. John MacDonald skimped
    on it in Travis McGee. George MacDonald Fraser had a lot of
    color in his Flashman books. But being so far back in history,
    he had to, who knows what everyday life in India was like
    in 1840.

    Most of your Heller books are just right. Stolen Away, Flying Blind,
    Neon Mirage, they all came alive because you set the scene
    so well. Heller is very comfortable there, he’s a part of those times,
    not just a spectator. He’s what I want to be like in 1934; confident,
    unflappable, always a step ahead of all around me. And very well