Thomas H. Cook, author of some of the best literary crime fiction since Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, has long been one of my favorite writers, so I’m thrilled that he’s reading my most recent hardboiled Mulligan novel, Cliff Walk.
Tom is also a generous friend and colleague. In September of 2011, when we were both at the huge Bouchercon crime fiction conference in St. Louis, I took Tom to lunch and spent a couple of hours brainstorming about the plot of a book I was thinking of writing. Tom listened carefully, asked thought-provoking questions, and made several suggestions that eventually found their way into Providence Rag, which will probably be published sometime late this year. Every writer should have friends like that.
If you haven’t read Tom’s work, I recommend starting with Red Leaves, but you can’t go wrong with any of his novels. To learn more about Tom, check out the essay I wrote about him for thenervousbreakdown.com. You can purchase his work here.
Cliff Walk is the second novel in my series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island, The first, Rogue Island, won the Edgar Award and the Shamus Award and was a finalist for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards. You can purchase the Mulligan novels here.