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Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of nineteen novels. He lives in Tampa, FL.

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Dorsey: I always feel like the guy in that Talking Heads song, looking around at his life and asking: “Well, how did I get here?”

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Dorsey: Let it Bleed, The Rolling Stones

RTE: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Dorsey: Honestly, a humor novelist

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February 11, 2017

Politics seem to be on everyone's mind these days, so it's not surprising to find us starting off with several that reflect our preoccupations. Ausman Zehanat Khan's AMONG THE RUINS, which has its roots in a couple of incidents involving Canadian-Iranian women, provides a vivid account of contemporary Iran's contradictions, says Barbara Fister. A DIVIDED SPY is the third entry in Charles Cumming's Thomas Kell series and I thought it offers further proof that the author has taken Le Carré firmly into the 21st century, where terrorism rather than the capture of government secrets is the major threat. Terrorism, this time in its effect on the victims, is the subject of Cath Staincliffe's THE SILENCE BETWEEN BREATHS. Jim Napier says that it is a fine thriller wrapped around a revealing portrait of our troubled times. Seth Margolis' PRESIDENT'S DAY deals with an American presidential election. Christine Zibas reports that it takes influence-peddling to a whole new dimension, but that readers' responses may depend to a degree on their own political views.

Winter has not relaxed its grip, at least not around here, so a pair of Scandinavian novels seem appropriate. Sharon Mensing remarks that even those weary of the unreliable narrator will find much to like in Camilla Grebe's THE ICE BENEATH HER. Christina Zibas was less impressed with Asle Skredderberget's THE OSLO CONSPIRACY, which she found overloaded with plot threads. All the same, she thought the main character was a likeable sort. Not Scandinavian, and not a translation, still Cathy Ace's THE CORPSE WITH THE RUBY LIPS provides readers with a beguiling travelogue to Budapest all wrapped up in a clever mystery, says Lourdes Venard.

Sometimes, the book we are looking for is one that will keep us entertained while waiting for a train or an appointment. Diana Borse says THE MARRIAGE LIE, by Kimberly Belle, fills the bill - just the book she wishes she'd had on a long flight.

According to Cathy Downs, JA Jance's DOWNFALL is a classic police procedural, but it is really about love in a variety of its manifestations. Sexual abuse, fear, and family also come into it. THE RIVERMAN, by Alex Gray, is also a police procedural, this one set in Glasgow and part of a series first issued about ten years ago and now being republished in the US. Phyllis Onstad liked it on the whole, though was a bit overwhelmed by an excess of plot. Caryn St Clair found Emily Littlejohn's debut INHERIT THE BONES one of the most skilfully written novels she's read in a while and predicts a bright future for the series.

The problem with SORROW ROAD, by Julia Keller, says Cathy Downs is that there is just too much going on - too many themes, all of them weighty - told from an inconsistent point of view. Although Sharon Mensing thought that though Eileen Rendahl's psychological thriller COVER ME IN DARKNESS was founded on a fascinating premise, she was never able fully to identify with the protagonist's point of view.

Time for some small-town cosiness. Elizabeth J. Duncan's ILL MET BY MURDER is the second in her Shakespeare in the Catskills series. Meredith Frazier reports that though it has some of the credibility problems that are common in small-town cosies, they don't interfere much with the charm of an easy read and a summer holiday in the Catskill Mountains. Iona Whishaw's A KILLER IN KING'S COVE, is something of an historical, set as it is in small town British Columbia in the 1940s. Lourdes Venard says that this debut brings the setting to life and she looks forward to a return.

Our guest today in the Sixty Seconds With... spot is Florida author Tim Dorsey. Don't forget to see what he has to say about our usual questions in the box to your left.

And if you want to know what's going on in UK crime, you'll find the latest issue of CRIMEREVIEW a good place to look.

We're still hibernating just a bit, so we won't be back until early March. But don't forget about us - we shall return.

Next Tuesday is Valentine's Day. We wish all our readers much chocolate, affection, happiness, and love, which we all need more of these days.



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