Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Interplay of Life and Art


Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow

A San Francisco Chinatown gangster named Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow is in the news for racketeering and shenanigans with a local politician.

Curiously, a character named "Squid Boy" does exactly the same thing in my novel Runoff. Must be a coincidence ...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Urban Landscape & Through a Lens: 10

As a writer of private eye novels set in the big, bad city--who illustrates his books with scene-setting photographs--it's perhaps not too surprising that I had a photo accepted for 1650 Gallery's Urban Landscape show.

"Grade School Fog" by Mark Coggins

What may be a little more surprising is the photo I had accepted in Through a Lens: 10, this year's theme for the annual Michael H. Kellicut International Photo Show.

"Tree Tunnel" by Mark Coggins

It definitely belongs in the landscape category!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Megan Abbott in Conversation


Check out my interview in The Rap Sheet with the "Queen of Noir," Megan Abbott. She talks about her terrific new novel, Dare Me, fellow crime fiction writers Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, and exactly whose lips are pictured on the cover of the new book.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Mysterious Something


A new biography of Raymond Chandler has been published in the UK. The subhead in the title is inspired by a line near the end of Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep:
Outside the bright gardens had a haunted look, as though small wild eyes were watching me from behind the bushes, as though the sunshine itself had a mysterious something in its light.
Check out my Q&A with the book's author, Tom Williams, over on crime fiction blog The Rap Sheet.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Big Wake-Up Goes Audible


I'm very pleased to announce that my fifth August Riordan novel, The Big Wake-Up, is now available as an unabridged audio book. Stage actor Richardson Jones does a tremendous job narrating the book. His portrayal of Riordan's sidekick, Chris Duckworth, is worth the price of admission alone, not to mention the great job he does with all the South American characters (and their associated accents) and the villainess, Isis.

Check the book out on Audible.com, Amazon.com or iTunes.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Prom Night at The Booksmith


I recently had an event at San Francisco bookstore The Booksmith for Prom Night and Other Man-made Disasters, my new collection of humorous, first-person essays describing episodes in my life from childhood, school, career, and relationships.

Getting into the whole prom night spirit, some pals from my writers group hired a limo and driver to transport them the event:


And went so far as to dress in prom-appropriate attire:

Ann, John and Sheila at The Booksmith

I read a portion of the title story in the collection, "Prom Night," which describes the improbable circumstances under which a shy nerd like me took the homecoming queen and head cheerleader to the senior prom at my high school:

(Photo by Russ Wyllie)

And afterward, a number of us retired to Aub Zam Zam, the venerable Persian-themed bar across the street where Herb Caen once quaffed Silver Bullets:

(Photo by Buzz Anderson)

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Appearance on "In a Word"

Here's a clip from my appearance on book talk program "In a Word" with host Kathy Cordova. I'm there to discuss Prom Night and Other Man-made Disasters, my new collection of humorous, first-person essays describing episodes in my life from childhood, school, career, and relationships.