Crime Thriller Fella finds crime of any type exciting, as you might have guessed from his name. Whether it comes in book form, on the silver screen or the small screen, he will read it, review it, muse on it… oh, and he also writes his own novels and screenplays. You can find him chatting about life in the dark lane on his blog or you can engage with him on Twitter, which is where I met him. So today it is with the utmost pleasure that I grill him in a little more depth about his reading habits.
How did you get hooked on crime fiction?
Back in the mists of time I think I must have read the Secret Seven and it’s all been downhill from there. I remember being gripped after picking up one of the Bonds as a kid – Dr. No, I think – and films were a big influence on me. I grew up during a classic age of crime movies – The Godfather, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Get Carter – and I’d go out and find the source material.
Are there any particular types of crime fiction or subgenres that you prefer to read and why?
I’ll read anything, but I guess I tend towards procedurals and psychological thrillers. The books I review for Crime Thriller Fella are all incredibly different, and I like picking up books I’d never usually read. It takes me out of my comfort zone. The crime genre is so diverse. There’s something for everyone.
What is the most memorable book you’ve read recently?
The imagery in Hold The Dark by William Giraldi is powerful and stays with you long after you’ve put it down. Set in Alaska on the edge of civilization, it examines what happens when we come into contact with the primeval forces that we long ago lost inside of us. Or something.
If you had to choose only one series or only one author (crime fiction) to take with you to a deserted island, whom would you choose?
I’d probably have enough to worry about without reading about crime and murder, and other dark themes, but I’d probably take Charles Willeford’s Hoke Moseley novels with me. They always make me smile. Or any book with a photo of the author on it. I could chat to it. It could be my Wilson.
What are you looking forward to reading in the near future?
Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning collection. Still haven’t got round to reading the latest William Gibson, and Denis Lehane’s latest novel World Gone By.
Outside your criminal reading pursuits, what author/series/book/genre do you find yourself regularly recommending to your friends?
They don’t listen to anything I have to say, so we mostly drink in tense silence.
Thank you, Crime Thriller Fella, and stay positive! I know just what you mean: my friends ask me for my reading recommendations and then proceed to ignore them, while my family never even ask for them in the first place. As for Charles Willeford – that’s a new author for me, so I’ll be tracking him down shortly. And I love the clone trooper guarding your precious pile of books…
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11 thoughts on “What Got You Hooked on Crime, Crime Thriller Fella?”
Thanks, as ever, Marina Sofia, for this feature. It’s terrific.
CTF – I like procedurals too, very much, and psychological thrillers. And I’m not surprised that the Secret Seven led you down the path of crime (fiction). I think they’re responsible for a lot of people turning to crime fiction. And those really were some great films – thanks for the reminder of them!
I still don’t understand why my children never got into the Secret 7/Famous 5 groove… Maybe I recommended them a little too much?
I love how the Secret Seven nearly always pop up in that first question 🙂
Enid Blyton has started a lot of us off on a life of crime, hasn’t she?
Ah, yes, the Secret Seven! I wonder how different the world of fiction would be if it wasn’t for Enid Blyton? We’d probably all be reading romance… 😉
Oh don’t, FF! And our blogs would be pink and glittery…I don’t think you’d enjoy that much (I know I wouldn’t!) I love CrimeThrillerFella. He also wrote a v spooky story which was runner-up in the Emerald Street competition….v impressive!
Pink? What’s that? That’s one colour I do not recognise (well, except for purple, which I dislike even more). And thanks for letting us know that additional detail about Crime Thriller Fella – he did not mention that when I asked him if there was anything I should say about him in the introduction. Clearly too modest!
I’ve been pondering a change to my blog — maybe pink and glittery is the way to go!
I really think Crime Thriller Fella should provide a link to his fab story – Frozen, or similar, it’s called…?
You’re close, Linda, it’s called Thaw. And since you were kind enough to mention it, here’s the link… http://www.emeraldstreet.com/writing/emerald-street-stories-runner-up-thaw
Oooh, had to go and check it out immediately – it’s unnerving and creepy. Thank you for the link and congratulations!