Sunday, May 21, 2017

Seeing my book made into a movie

When I wrote SMALL CRIMES back in 2003 I had no expectation of seeing it made into a movie. Back then I'd had two short stories published in magazines, I'd written two other books (FAST LANE and BAD THOUGHTS) that I hadn't yet been able sell, and all I was hoping for was to write a book that could be published.

When SMALL CRIMES was filmed last summer, my wife and I spent a day at the set. This was when they were filming at Joe's parent's home with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Robert Forster, and Jacki Weaver, and when we got there we were put in a girl's bedroom on the second floor while they were blocking out the first scene of the day, which is when Joe stormed up to his parent's bedroom. So we were sitting around talking to one of the producers, and all of a sudden we heard all this foot stomping and yelling, and I was feeling goosebumps hearing my book come alive. Rumble Films, the crew, all the actors couldn't have been nicer. Probably my best day as an author. This beat out getting a call from John Williams at Serpent's Tail that they wanted to publish SMALL CRIMES, probably even beating out NPR picking SMALL CRIMES as one of their top 5 crime & mystery novels of 2008.

So what was it like when I finally got to watch the movie? I'd been prepared for the changes between the movie and the book--I'd read the script, and knew up front what had been changed. There always has to be changes for a number of reasons, including movie length, budgetary concerns, director's vision. But even with all the changes and the last third of the book gone, the movie still feels very much like my book, and the film's Joe Denton feels very much like my Joe Denton. As good as all the actors were (Robert Forster, Jacki Weaver, Robert Cole were all pitch perfect, and Molly Parker gave an amazingly nuanced performance as Charlotte Boyd), Nikolaj's performance was brilliant. He played Joe as someone desperately trying (and failing) to con those around him that he just wants to be a better person, but at times cracks show through, revealing the true Joe. In all sincerity, I think this is a smart, brilliantly acted film, and Evan Katz and Macon Blair did a masterful job merging their vision with mine so that both exist simultaneously.

So what was it like to see my book made into a movie? A thrill. No other way to describe it.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Small Crimes gets a mention on the Tonight Show!

Monday night Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, Joe Denton in Small Crimes) showed up on the tonight show to talk about the movie based on my book, and the book gets a mention! Watch it here.


Friday, April 21, 2017

new movie tie-in cover for SMALL CRIMES

The ebook edition of SMALL CRIMES now has this new movie tie-in cover.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The original Parker

Well, not the original Parker in regards to the great Richard Stark books, but the inspiration for Morris Brick's bull terrier in the crime thriller DERANGED and the upcoming CRAZED, MALICIOUS, and TWISTED. And yes, Morris's Parker was named as a nod to Richard Stark's.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Win Free Copies of The Interloper!

Enter this Amazon giveaway to win a free copy of The Interloper!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Trailer for Small Crimes

Small Crimes, based on my 2008 novel of the same name, is premiering March 11th at the SWSX festival, and will be available through Netflix starting April 28th.

Here's the trailer:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Publishing day for DERANGED


Other news, the latest Julius Katz mystery story 'Cramer in Trouble' is in the current March/April issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My one and only reading/signing event for DERANGED

 “A fascinating and exciting blend of misdirection, topsy-turvy, and violence.” —Reed Farrel Coleman
 
“A dark and different serial killer novel that will haunt the reader long after the book is closed.” —John Lutz
 
“Los Angeles has seldom seen such grisly fun. It’s James Ellroy meets Alfred Hitchcock on the psychotic side of the street.” —Paul Levine

“One of the most compelling, thrilling, and truth be told, at times look-away-from-page-frightening serial killer novels I've read in a long, long time.” —Vincent Zandri


Where: Brookline Booksmith (Brookline MA)
When: March 7th, 7 PM

This will be my one and only reading/signing event for DERANGED. I hope folks can make it--I'll also be talking about seeing my book SMALL CRIMES made into a movie (and which will be premiering at SXSW Festival).

If you can't make it, but would like a signed copy, you can order it in advance by contacting Brookline Booksmith.