Well, what can I say? Greetings from Baltimore! I arrived here on Wednesday or Thursday, I honestly cannot remember now, and I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous reception I have received. Mingling with such stellar luminaries as Harlan Coben, George Pelecanos, Larry Block, attending the Barry Awards, and last night the Shamus Awards banquet followed by a guided tour of the Westminster Hall catacombs and Edgar Allan Poe's grave... It has been a whirlwind of meetings and greetings and panels and author interviews, all of them fascinating and informative. To really appreciate the enthusiasm with which crime fiction is met here, I can only say that at 8.30 am you appear at a panel and find that there are two or three hundred people there right with you!
I travelled with my long-time companion and great friend Ali Karim. Ali, I know, will be posting extensive reports on Shots when he returns to the UK along with a gallery of great photographs he has taken. He will forward a good number to me and I shall add them to the gallery on this site. I shall post a report on the outcome of the week when I get home. I am in Leeds at the Morley Literary Festival the day after my return to the UK, and then I have events in Guildford and numerous other places, so bear with me. I'll get it done as fast as I can!
There has been a great deal of interest about A Simple Act of Violence here. My good friend Steve Warne brought over three boxes of the hardbacks, all of which I sat and dutifully signed the day I arrived, and they have pretty much sold out along with every copy of the previous books that he brought with him. I have conducted meetings with agents, have two more such meetings today, and I'll keep you posted on anything that happens regarding a US publishing deal. Meanwhile, Germany has just bought A Simple Act of Violence and the new book for 2009, so things continue to move forward.
I shall sign off now, but I just wanted you to know that things are good here, that it's been a most excellent trip thus far, and we'll speak soon.
Best, as always,