I asked him what he's been reading. His reply:
I’ve been playing catch-up on some thriller writers I should have read more of. I took my first dip into the pages of John Sandford with Rules of Prey. He’s got cracking dialogue and wonderful characterization.Read the results of the Page 69 Test for Gregg's Last Shot, and visit his website.
And I’m currently reading Trouble Is My Business, one of the only Chandlers I haven’t gotten to. It’s typically brilliant: “He had an idea and he was holding it like a sick baby.”
I’m also digging into Koontz’s Velocity, which not only has a wonderful high-concept hook but is really tightly written. So it’s lots of crime and bloodshed on my bookstand right now.