Caleb Carr 'Do you know that Random House didn't want to call the book
The Alienist? They said, 'Nobody will know what the hell an alienist is'...'
Lee Child 'I have a great deal of respect for someone who tries something radical in literary terms that may fail now, but will be accepted in 50 or 100 years. But you can't look at popular fiction in that light: it has to succeed NOW...'
John Connolly: In Conversation
'I very consciously did not want to be part of the 'Irish literary tradition', I didn't want to be bound by the strictures applied to Irish writers, to be, like Coim Toibin says, 'engaged in the Irish situation', all sexual repression, famine and how it always rains in bloody Limerick.'
27th January 2001 Christopher Cook: Robbers of Virtue Interviewed by Barry Forshaw
I was living in a small town in the mountains of central Mexico, paying my meagre way by shuffling money back and forth between half a dozen credit cards - a possibly criminal act in itself - when I thought of Eddie and his running buddy Ray Bob...
James Ellroy: Call Me Dog (Part 1)
'...Barko is both immortal and cross-species heterosexual and throughout history Barko has been the lover of some of the world's most beautiful women...'
James Ellroy: Call Me Dog (Part 2)
'all I want is for people to look at my books on their own terms and let me bark a little bit now and again... cut me some slack, let me bark. And drink out of the toilet and wear a flea collar. That's all I ask.'
24th May 2001 Peter Haining - interviewed by Mark Campbell
I worked on the West Essex Gazette in Loughton, and the first week I was there we had a horrendous murder - a child was killed by this sad, middle-aged man. And the second week I covered a local court case, which concerned a particularly disgusting case of bestiality...
Ed McBain '...I really don't think Hill Street Blues was an homage to Ed McBain, I think it was a rip off...'
'...we all worked for Scott Meredith, his literary agency. One of the things we have in common is understanding the market, and working very hard at the typewriter. You're not a writer unless you write'
Jeffrey Robinson '...if you get carried away with words like 'pulsing,' and 'throbbing' and use the colour 'dark ruby' more than 121 times, well, then I think maybe you're getting too caught up in writing about something you really want to be doing, instead...'