Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Guess Who

How about this for a great starred review from Publisher's Weekly:
Let's take this out on a limb. Let's say [this author's] third novel ... set in urban Japan in the 1990s is one of the best hardboiled detective novels ever written. Let's say [the author] himself is one of the smartest writers in the genre: book smart, in the remarkable lyrical quality of his prose or the frequent brilliance of his imagery; street-smart, like Elmore Leonard, in that his streets and the often terrible people that walk them are so mundanely real; socio-economic smart, in that his dark, almost heartbreaking, depiction of Japanese society is so believable.
But who is the author and what is the book?I first read Peter Tasker after picking up Samurai Boogie at a bookstore in the San Francisco airport before a long flight. I finished the book well before I landed and wished I wasn't stuck on a plane so I could get the others in the series featuring his private eye, Kazuo Mori: Silent Thunder and Buddha Kiss.

The Thrilling Detective web site has a good write-up on Mori and Tasker as does Authors on the Web.

But even with all the ink and the great reviews, I think he is one of the most unappreciated PI writers out there. If you haven't read him, you should. Samurai Boogie is put out by UK publisher Orion, but they have distribution in the US, so that will probably be the easiest book to find. I found the other two books in libraries, but there are definitely used copies out there, too.

If it took a little detective work on my part to find Peter Tasker's books, it took even more to get in touch with the man himself, but I did and was very gratified when he agreed to give me a blurb for my upcoming book, Runoff. Here it is:
Classic noir, brought bang up to date. August Riordan is a hero with a heart. You're with him every inch of the way as he stalks the mean streets of San Francisco's Chinatown, confronting crooked pols, anarchist squatters, psychopathic software engineers, and cleaver-wielding gangsters, with betrayal lurking around every corner. A wild ride.

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