Thursday, April 26, 2007


My publisher, Bleak House Books, is already preparing their fall catalog, and it includes my forthcoming novel, Runoff. The publication date is November, which is appropriate since the book deals with a fictional mayoral election in San Francisco, and there just so happens to be a real mayoral election in the City that same month.

In my election, the possibility that someone has rigged the contest by hacking the city’s newly installed touch-screen voting machines is what drives the plot. In the real election, we don't have to worry about that because the city has not installed touch-screen voting systems--and hopefully never will.

You can read more, including an excerpt, on this page of my web site.

And if you'd like to see a sampling of (what I hope are) atmospheric photographs of real San Francisco locations that will appear in the front of each chapter, check out this Flickr page. My personal favorite is the one that goes with Chapter 1: a night-time shot of Wentworth Street in San Francisco's Chinatown.

But the fact of the matter is, I had a heck of a time deciding whether to use it for the first chapter or the night-time shot of Ross Alley you can see below:

If you have an opinion, and want to express it, please leave a comment on the posting and let me know your vote!


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