crime fiction

Category: crime fiction

Without Blood was published in French in 2010. Obviously, this book was all about the birth of Victor Lessard, but I didn’t know it initially...

As I started writing the first chapters, the story revolved more around Simone’s character and the surreal nature of certain aspects of her journey.

Then, what was supposed to be a simple patrol officer dispatched to investigate the hit and run that Simone was victim of, quickly became who you now know to be sergeant-detective Victor Lessard, a character that came with sufficient personal damage and empathy for Simone.

Eleanor Wish got gunned down in Hong Kong.

Eleanor was the ex-wife of Harry Bosch, the LAPD detective at the centre of Michael Connelly’s absorbing series of crime novels, and though her murder was hardly the typical fate of the wives and girlfriends of homicide detectives and private eyes in crime fiction, it’s still true that many women, maybe most, who hook up with sleuth figures don’t find especially happy endings in their relationships.

Every crime novel begins with a disquieting event, whether in the news or observed, that ferments in the author’s imagination, sometimes, for years before appearing on the pages. The germ of the idea for Shallow End, fourth in the Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series, came from my earlier years working as a special education teacher.