CLOSE- UP

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Profile -

Big break: My first novel, Post Mortem , had a print run of just 6000 copies. But the re­views were so good they changed ev­ery­thing. My next book, Body of Ev­i­dence , hit the best­seller lists im­me­di­ately and things es­ca­lated from there. Ca­reer high­light: When Cruel and Un­usual won the Gold Dag­ger for the best crime novel of 1993. Agatha Christie’s grand­son was the pre­sen­ter; her daugh­ter was a judge. Christie for me is ab­so­lute ge­nius. I was weak at the knees. Low­light: Not han­dling sud­den fame very well. Get­ting drunk and crash­ing my car in Los An­ge­les. I felt so ashamed of my­self. Favourite writ­ers: Hem­ing­way for his de­scrip­tions and di­a­logue. Tech­ni­cal writ­ing; I keep up with all the latest de­vel­op­ments in foren­sics. But if I read all the time, I don’t write. Other pur­suits: Long, long walks out­side of Bos­ton or in New York around Cen­tral Park. Work­ing out at the gym. Rid­ing my mo­tor­bikes. Fly­ing my he­li­copter. Guilty plea­sures: Re­ally good fried chicken and re­ally good fried onion rings. To­tally bad for you and I’m glad I don’t have ac­cess to them too of­ten.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.