The Articles - Well, Some of Them

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