Most everybody knows I have two great loves in reading. I may dally around in other places, chatting up other genres, dabbling here and there with my reader eye wandering, but at the end of the day I come back to two kinds of books.
Urban Fantasy and Crime.
Now, my love for urban fantasy is well known. It’s open and unabashed. I write an urban fantasy series. (Deacon Chalk, badass Occult Bounty Hunter) I have plans to write him for 20 books or so and have a ton of story ideas just waiting to be written.
My next book, hopefully will be a crime book. I have one that is gestating, building into a nice little crime fetus. So here are the things I have in my head:
A young man hits the road in his dead daddy’s sweet ’69 Chevelle. He is out to find himself. All he has is the car, his memories of his dad, a little money in his pocket from a recent score, and time on his hands.
A young girl on the run from a screw up of a dad and the mess he has put her in. All she has is a need to stay safe, a desire to try and get her daddy straightened out, and a duffel bag full of trouble.
They cross paths on a Long Hard Road Outta Town and wind up running for their lives from a cold-blooded sonnuva bitch named Dude Ray. He wants his stuff back and someone has to pay.
Sometimes it takes walking through the fire to find out who you really are.
It’s shaping up to be a fun little book. A chase novel that’s a bit of a cross between Justified and No Country For Old Men with a boss hotrod and more guns. Lots of small town, Southern wackiness. Plus there’s a lot of subtext with Cowboy’s search for manhood. My good friend Faith Hunter made an introduction to a very good agent who specializes in mysteries, so I am getting this project together for a proposal to him. Fingers crossed y’all.
Speaking of crime, how damn good is Justified? Seriously, if you are not watching this show then shame on you.
Start now. Go buy season 1 and 2 on dvd and get rolling.
I am burning through the 4th Reacher book by Lee Childs.
It is really good.
Tom Piccirilli has a new one coming out that looks awesome as always.
And I began Drama City by George Pelecanos, so far I am really enjoying it.
Plus there is a Marcus Sakey book on my shelf calling my name.
Until next time.
Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold.