Peter and I talk often about Brighton — and other things. We are friends. I was with him just this weekend at a crime-fiction festival in Stirling, Scotland. Our first meeting in Stirling was early in a morning in the festival hotel as he was heading out for his daily run and I was heading for my daily swim. I have known him almost 20 years since we lived in adjacent villages on the South Downs above Brighton. He was writing horror novels and I was writing my first satirical crime novel when we first met. Which novels would you take with you on a desert island?
But probably not many crime novels, much as I love the genre. What topic in the news makes you angry? Which makes you smile?
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Anger makes me angry — but also makes me smile derisively. Do you know a british writer you wish were discovered in France? Not English but Argentinian. Set in 19th century Germany post-Napoleon it is a love story based on a Schubert song cycle but it is also post-modern: it is set in a city which keeps shifting geographically and cartographically. Which is your favourite movie? It depends what day it is.
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That was a special moment. I still love the film — Depardieu is amazing — but I have not watched it for a while. What will your final word be for your french readers? When will you come to France to meet them? My final words? Sorry I talk so much. Enthusiasm is one of my sins virtues? You know actually, you do not know — I have lived in France twice. Once in Varengeville sur mer which features in the second novel in the trilogy and once in Homp on the canal du midi. However, my French remains very poor. Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we have developed some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange solutions with other folks, please shoot me an e-mail if interested.
Site web. Enregistrer mon nom, mon e-mail et mon site web dans le navigateur pour mon prochain commentaire. Accueil Qui sommes nous? I looked it up. In , a man — never identified and never caught — left the naked torso of a woman in a trunk at Brighton railway station. During the armed invasion of a house they had shot an unarmed man in bed with his girlfriend. The two separate things coalesced in my head. And, then, over subsequent months, the plot got very complicated!
Research into the story involved research in police archives, newspaper archives and government archives.
I even tracked down the unnamed grave where the victim is buried. I hope to write a non-fiction account of the Brighton Trunk murder soon. Research into the contemporary story involved more archive research and interviewing serving and retired police officers.
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I then loosely used all this to create the Milldean Massacre that features in the trilogy. The trick then was not to let all this research get in the way of a dramatic narrative! Sarah Gilchrist is an ambitious young policewoman who had a brief affair with Bob Watts. She is also part of the armed response unit involved in the illegal shooting known as The Milldean Massacre.
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She did no shooting and she too wants to find out what really happened. She is out-of-her-depth but determined. JImmy Tingley is an unlikely warrior. An ex-SAS man, seemingly mild-mannered but deadly — a capable, reliable, enigmatic man and the best friend of Bob Watts. I mentioned the films director Jean-Pierre Melville earlier.
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What are your writing habits? My ideal is to write all day with a lot of breaks. I write anywhere. I rise very early in the morning — I am often writing by 4. The launches of his novels in Brighton are fantastic — he took over the Brighton pier once and most recently had about people in the Grand Hotel.
He is a lovely man as well as being talented. This book has everything in it! Collected Fiction by Jorge Luis Borges. Not a novel but great, great, thought-provoking collection of short stories — and his first ever published short story was published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Durrell is out of fashion but his plots are fantastic as are some of his descriptions of landscape. The unfolding of his complicated plot for the Alexandria Quartet was a model for me with the Brighton trilogy.
Chandler — The Long Goodbye? What is your favourite music? Mostly jazz. Pat Metheny can do no wrong. Bass player Charlie Haden is a god. Cassandra WIlson clearly went down to the crossroads to get her wonderful voice.
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But I also have every album Tom Waits has ever made — and he still owes me for three hours of drinking cognac and coffee in a London cafe when he had no money on him and I had to pay the whole bill when I was very poor and he was not. I was not. And he missed with the pool cue because he was very drunk. And I used to love reggae — and, indeed, played five-a-side soccer twice with Bob Marley — but that is a very long story…. God — how beautiful is Dominique Sanda in that? I only interviewed her over the telephone, alas.
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