Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Noir Town: A Conversation with Duane Swierczynski in Philadelphia's City Paper

City Paper asked their former editor and kick-ass thriller writer Duane Swierczynski for a co-interview with another Philadelphia crime writer, and Duane (a great writer and genuinely nice guy) asked me to participate. The result, in which we ask each other about the city, our chosen genres and our books, can be seen here, a cover story that came out yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and really nice to be able to ask questions as well as answer them.

My only regret is that we couldn't develop a longer conversation, mostly because Duane and I share some obsessions, (like armed robbery) that he's written extensively about, and because Duane has collected a ton of fascinating arcana about Philly. His Secret Dead blog has tons of cool vintage photos and historical sketches of the city and its criminal, literary and cultural history.

Thanks to Duane and the Arts and Entertainment Editors at City Paper, Carolyn and Pat. And get out there and buy Duane's latest, Expiration Date, which hits stores today!

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