The Articles - Well, Some of Them

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California Son: A Conversation with T. Jefferson Parker

January 18, 2022 •


While it might seem like T. Jefferson Parker is the only person I interview for print, he isn't. But he just might be my favorite. And of course, he's gracious enough to say "yes" to my request. 

The men and women who populate Parker’s novels and the terrain they traverse—from Laguna Beach, Newport and San Diego to Lancaster, El Segundo and Mammoth Lakes—aren’t just in California, they are of California. They couldn’t be anywhere else and be who they are and that sets Parker apart and makes him the quintessential California crime fiction writer. 

The Fine Art of Naming Characters in Crime Fiction 

June 24, 2019 •


Ever wonder how crime authors name their characters? Ever find your own name in a novel attached to a shadowy CIA agent? 

I was honored and more than a little bit gobsmacked when Cara Black named a character after me in Murder in Bel-Air, her 19th Aimee Leduc mystery. I wrote about the experience of encountering the fictional me for 

Something's Rotten in Mammoth: An Interview of 
T. Jefferson Parker

April 4, 2016 • Los Angeles Review of Books 

Jeff Parker and I sat down to talk about Crazy Blood, his "ski noir" novel set in vertiginous landscape of Mammoth Lakes, California
How Fame Came to Beverly Hills: Why Old Hollywood Moved In

March 29, 2014 • The Hollywood Reporter

THR asked me to expand on some of the content I wrote for In the Spirit of Beverly Hills

Great Scot!

November 8, 2012 • Pasadena Weekly 

Not long after returning from the debut Bloody Scotland Crime Fiction Festival, I wrote this travel piece about my experiences at the festival and my visit—with crime fiction author extraordinaire Denise Mina as my guide—to Glasgow 

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Book Review: ‘Triple Crossing’ by Sebastian Rotella

August 29, 2011 • Los Angeles Times