|Newark Airport. All photos by Peter Rozovsky|
y flight left just as darkness fell in Hong Kong. We followed the night across the Pacific and North America before arriving at Newark International Airport around 11 p.m. I was so drained when I got home that I slept all day. I have not seen sunlight for 38 hours, and, after a week and a half of 90 degree heat in Cambodia and Thailand, I had to bundle up against the cold. If only I drank and smoked to excess, I'd have all the prerequisites for writing a Scandinavian crime novel.
Until then, here are some of the crime writers I met Sunday evening, when Christopher G. Moore
, the host for my Thailand visit and a dean among expatriate crime writers in Southeast Asia, interviewed me on stage at Bangkok's Check Inn 99
outside Phnom Penh
The list includes Moore; Tom Vater
, who also wrote the guidebook I used in Cambodia; Harlan Wolff
, who chose his pen name at an Irish friend's suggestion after declaring that his writing career would either take off like Hemingway's or sink like the Titanic; James A. Newman
, who did a fine job as the evening's MC; and the irreverent Collin Piprell
, who asked lots of questions; and Kevin S. Cummings
Also in attendance was a man billed as the only person to circumnavigate the world five times by motorcycle
. Upon hearing I was from Philadelphia, he walked up and said, "Temple University. South Street."
All in all, not a bad evening.
© Peter Rozovsky 2015
Labels: Asia, Bangkok, Christopher G. Moore, Collin Piprell, Greg Frazier, Harlan Wolff, James A. Newman, Kevin S. Cummings, Thailand, Tom Vater