Red Gold: Alan Furst

Furst and David Downing are masters of the atmospheric spy/war novels set in the pre- and WWII Europe most of us have forgotten, but was less than a hundred years ago.

Masterful. Hopefully, not prescient, given the collapse of the current socio-economic order that has kept the peace there since that time but is now collapsing as power vacuums open anew.

Book Launch

The Calgary Public Library, in conjunction with SHORT EDITION, have had a short story dispenser filled with 100 local authors available at the main branch for the past year. Push a button and the dispenser will print one off for you on demand. Two of my older short stories are included. A micropress (LOFT on EIGHTH) are creating a print anthology of the project and the book will be launched on May 10 2020 from 2-4 pm at the Patricia Whelan Performance Hall. in the Central Library. Copies are $20.

Christmas sale on some of my selected book titles

Still looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one? A selection of my books will be going on sale from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 at up to 75% off.

Read. Enjoy.


The Haj: Leon Uris

The Haj tells the story of a prominent Palestinian family thrown into turmoil after the end of WWII, the collapse of empires, vacuums to be filled, the formation of a Jewish state, war with the Arab world, and mostly within the family of the narrator himself.

The book is not recent, and some stylistic conventions seem dated; the historical and cultural facts can at times be disputed; not that compelling a story on an individual basis. Still, worth a read.

Knife: Jo Nesbo

The problem with most popular successful police/detective/suspense series is that readers and publishers demand the exact same things in the next in the series, making the series a quick parody and mockery of itself.

Nesbo seems to avoid this. Harry Hole seems just as compelling and flawed and genius as he always has.