Thursday, December 02, 2010

What is Leighton Gage reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Leighton Gage, author of Every Bitter Thing, the latest novel in the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series.

His entry begins:
Last year, I was one of the judges for the “first best” jury for the Mystery Writers of America.

As anyone who’s ever had the experience will tell you, it’s a reading marathon that doesn’t give a writer a heck of a lot of time to read anything else, particularly if he/she expects to get any work done during the process.

Two books I loved didn’t garner the necessary votes from my colleagues to make the final cut, but both have stuck with me through time, and I continue to think that both of them should have been so honored.

I can’t really recommend one over the other. You’re gonna have to read them both.

One is Lenny Kleinfeld’s Shooters and Chasers, a story that begins in Chicago and ends in the California wine country.

Lenny’s romp through the lives of a couple of star-crossed contract killers is an absolute delight. He has a rare talent for being able to tie-up murder, mayhem and humor in a neat, satisfying package.

The other book is...[read on]
Among the praise for the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series:
"South America’s Kurt Wallander"

"Top notch"
--New York Times

--Toronto Globe and Mail

--The Boston Globe

"Fascinating, complex and riveting"
--Florida Sun Sentinel

"Intelligent and subtle…suspenseful and sophisticated"
--Publishers Weekly

"Highly recommended"
--Library Journal
Read more about Every Bitter Thing.

Visit Leighton Gage's website and the Murder is Everywhere blog.

The Page 69 Test: Blood of the Wicked.

My Book, The Movie: Buried Strangers.

The Page 69 Test: Dying Gasp.

Writers Read: Leighton Gage.

--Marshal Zeringue