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A Pompey Must

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 17:59
This is a blatant plug for an artist I much admire. His name is Nigel Grundy and he's spent a great deal of time turning various corners of Old Portsmouth and Southsea into unforgettable drawings. I have a couple of his prints hanging on my study wall. We live in Devon now but a glance at Nigel's take on (for instance) The Slipway at Point, or The Hard at Portsea, or Castle Road, Southsea, takes me straight back to my Pompey days. This guy has an exceptional and very rare talent - and if the Faraday books have whetted your appetite for finding out more about Portsmouth, then Nigel's new book...

More Top News from La Belle France

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 14:40
Producer Jacques Salles,  from Paris-based production company Geteve,  has confirmed that filming for the next two Faraday adaptations will begin in Le Havre on 7th February.  The chosen titles?  "Blood and Honey" and "One Under".     Jacques is confidant that the new films for commissioning channel France 2 can build on the success of "Les Anges Brises" and "Les Lignes Blanches".  "We can fine-tune the scripts and the performances...",  he says,  "...but the thrust of the series remains exactly the same.  Socially-committed crime...

Faraday RIP

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:59
Faraday, RIP

More than decade ago, thanks to an invitation from Orion, I became a crime writer. This wasn’t a corner of commercial fiction I’d ever regarded with much enthusiasm but the fridge was getting emptier and – to be frank – I couldn’t afford to say no to a three-book contract. But where to start? One answer would have been the crime shelves of my local library but that would have been a short cut to pastiche fiction and so I fenced off a couple of precious months and set about getting alongside working detectives.
Tough call. Some of these guys, the least reliable,...

End of Series Interview with Nick Quantrill

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 14:57
1) “Happy Days” brings a definite conclusion to the series – how easy was it for you to draw a line under it? Did you always have an exit plan in mind?

Under the circumstances, easier than you might think. To be honest, I never expected the series to survive beyond the first contract (for three books). The fact that it did, and went from strength to strength, has been a surprise and a deep pleasure. But my lead guys were starting to show their age and because I’ve alsways tried to keep the series as authetic as possible, there came a time when they had to step off the page. We’d...

Top News From France

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 14:27
Jacques Salles,  the producer from Geteve responsible for the recent adaptations of "Angels Passing" and "Cut to Black",  has confirmed excellent viewing figures for both productions.  Transmitted on France 2 on 11th and 18th November,  "Les Anges Brises" and "Les Lignes Blanches" scored audiences of 3.76 and 3.9 million respectively.  Jacques is especially pleased that the second film built an even bigger audience than the first.  "These are very fine figures,"  he said.  "We far exceeded the normal audience share for new crime fiction and I can...

Chronological List of French Pub Dates

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 17:04
Ahead of the transmission (on France2) or the first two Faraday adaptations,  French readers are asking for a full list of books from the series available in translation.  So here it is...
 
Disparu En Mer       Published in hardback by Editions du Masque in September 2003.   Published in MMP (Mass Market Paperback) by Gallimard in Folio Policier in September 2004
 
Coup Sur Coup      Editions du Masque in September 2003.   Folio Policier in September 2004
 
Les Anges Brises du Somerstown...

"Nocturne" available from Kindle Store

Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 10:37
The third of the Backlist Downloads is now on sale at the Kindle Store…a chance to acquire Nocturne for a very reasonable £2.99. Kindle versions of Permissible Limits and Airshow will come next, followed by the Pan/Macmillan backlist, featuring Rules of Engagement, Reaper, The Devil’s Breath, Thunder in the Blood, Sabbathman, The Perfect Soldier and Heaven’s Light.

This is my first attempt to master the challenge of digitalisation and the learning curve has been steep. This stuff may only be of interest to fellow scribes but converting hard copy to an uplift-ready Word doc isn’t...

Interview for French Television

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 17:54
Interview for Cyrille Latour (copyright France Televisions)


How did you become a crime novelist?

In truth, I became a crime novelist by accident. I’d written a series of nine international thrillers – the kind of stuff you buy at airports – and although they were selling quite well, my publisher thought I could do better by taking the plunge into crime fiction. At the time I was horrified. My “international thrillers” could take me anywhere in the world. For the foreseeable future, my fictional world was to be the city of Portsmouth (surnommee “Pompey”). How claustrophobic is...

News from the Front Line

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 19:20
Good event in Westbourne Library (Bournemouth) last night.  First of the autumn season with the usual demographic:  comforting outbreaks of beige in the fifty-plus audience (that’s numbers,  not age),  plus instructions from the lovely Jenny to finish in time to get everyone home before dark. 
This is amusing,  in its way,  but the truth is that she means it.  In this part of the world – and there are Westbournes everywhere - reading has become the preserve of the over-sixties (that’s age,  not numbers),  chiefly women.  I suspect many...

The Book of the Series?

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 15:58
I've been struck (and greatly flattered) by the sheer number of readers who have stuck with me,  book by book,  and seem genuinely upset that next year's publication - Happy Days - will bring the Faraday series to an end.  Then came a pint or two with a D/I who's been with me from the start and has become a good friend.  This guy knows a great deal about the behind-the-scenes twists and turns that have accompanied the writing of the books and thought there might be something in me turning all that stuff into some kind of account.  "Account" is the word cops use when...

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