elaxing in my local coffeehouse (my L.A. local, not my Philadelphia local), regaining my power of coherent thought after six days of hard drivin', low-sleepin' fun at Bouchercon 2014
. Here are some things that stuck with me from the convention's panels.
|Lots of these in Long Beach. All photos by|
Peter Rozovsky, your humble blogkeeper
1) Connie Dial,
a Los Angeles cop turned crime novelist, said during Thursday's panel on crime in Hollywood when she worked patrol in South Central L.A., "You'd ask for a Code 7, which was dinner, and they'd say, "Take twenty more calls."
2) Nathan Walpow
recalled the lavish spread provided for the crew during filming at a police precinct house, a spread whose appeal extended well beyond the police station in question? "Cops came from everywhere to eat." Walpow also recounted the snacking habits of the movie's star, Paul Newman: "Newman wandered around the station ... He ate them out of jelly beans."
3) Kwei Quartey
's suggestion that writing crime fiction set in his native Ghana poses challenges that fiction set in large American cities does not. Why? Because Ghana is changing so rapidly, over the course of months rather than years.
4) John McFetridge
recalling a rewriting of the history behind his novel Black Rock
, whose principal crime is a series of killings of young women based on real-life killing in Montreal in 1970. His research turned up suggestions that authorities had issued warning for young women to be wary, but McFetridge's sister, about the same age as the victims, said she recalled no such warnings. "I thought that was a bit of revisionist history," McFetridge said, "`We should have warned them, but we didn't. Now we're claiming we did.'"
5) Ragnar Jonasson's debunking of the popular belief that weapons are scarce in his native Iceland. Guns are plentiful there, he said, and so, in a nation of hunters, are guns.
6) Chris Ewan
, crime novelist and resident of the Isle of Man, on a difference between Manx Halloween customs and those in American and England: "It's not easy to carve a turnip."
7) I wish I could remember which author described the process of research and writing this: "You get out in the world. Then you go hermit. You don't wear pants for nine months."
8) DBB favorite Adrian McKinty
won the Barry Award
in the best paperback original category for I Hear the Sirens in the Street
© Peter Rozovsky 2014
Labels: Adrian McKinty, Barry Awards, Bouchercon 2014, Chris Ewan, Connie Dial, John McFetridge, Kwei Quartey, Nathan Walpow, Ragnar Jonasson