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Bernard, Visible

Apr 17, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

In “River Secret,” a man called Baptiste plays his music setup at the entrance to the Tuileries Garden in Paris. He’s fictional, but a real-life one-man band plays there as well. I see him almost every day when I jog across the footbridge over the Seine to the park entrance. The melancholy wail of his […]

The Hotline: The Story Behind the Story

Apr 13, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Every story, long or short, is a series of fictional beads threaded onto a fictional necklace to make up the finished article. As readers, we’re all interested where an author gets the ideas for their beads from and the more we like a work of fiction, the more interested we are. In the case of […]

Everything Old Is New Again

Apr 12, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Decades ago, the mafia had a scam called the “bust-out.” They’d target a small business — the corner store, a machine shop, a soda distributor. After intimidating the owner into handing it over for a pittance, they’d order as much inventory as the suppliers would put on credit. They’d stop paying lenders, max out bank […]

When the Law Falls Short

Apr 10, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

Francis Bacon said that “revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed out . . . . In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to […]

On VENGEANCE and The General

Apr 06, 2012 in Mulholland Authors, Writing

Revenge has always been a human passion – as well as a problem for any civilized society. Early on, Jehovah reminded the Israelites that ‘vengeance is mine,’ while Aeschylus immortalized the blood feuds of the House of Atreus, which took a goddess to end, thus establishing the rule of law. Dramas of revenge were popular […]

Deserving: On VENGEANCE and the writing of Lost and Found

Apr 05, 2012 in Fiction, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

The desire for retribution is a theme familiar to all crime and thriller authors, and it has to be one of the strongest. Never is a character’s motivation more compelling than when they determine to go after somebody who deserves to die―no matter what―and it’s personal. I’ve touched on vengeance many times in my writing. […]

Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance: An Introduction

Apr 03, 2012 in Books, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

Editing this anthology was a lot of fun—not least because Mystery Writers of America’s invaluable and irreplaceable publications guy, Barry Zeman, did all the hard work. All I had to do was pick ten invitees. And write a story. And then later on read the ten winning stories chosen by MWA’s blind-submission process. Piece of […]