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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Interviews and Reviews

Guys and Dolls,

I have some new interviews and blog entries posted that you can check out if you get a minute:

Lenny Picker interviewed me for Publishers Weekly in a piece called City of Unbrotherly Love: PW Talks With Dennis Tafoya. It was a lot of fun talking to Lenny, and the interview was picked up by a bunch of newspapers and blogs. Thanks to my publicist at St. Martin's, Hector Dejean, for setting that up!

Aaron Brown interviewed me for the June edition of International Thriller Writers newsletter, The Big Thrill. You can read it here. You can see more about Aaron and his work at his website, AaronLBrown.com.

The excellent Marshal Zeringue, who maintains a bunch of really cool websites about books and authors, asked me to talk about what I was reading, at two of his blogs, Campaign for the American Reader and Writers Read. Marshal also runs The Page 69 Test, a really fun site on which authors talk about whatever appears on page 69 of their latest books.

Wolves of Fairmount Park received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which was really nice news, and a solid recommendation from Booklist.

"Starred Review: Dennis Lehane fans will welcome Tafoya's second crime novel, which delivers on the promise of his debut, Dope Thief. A drive-by shooting in front of a Philadelphia dope house claims two victims, Michael Donovan and George Parkman Jr., and leads to an intense search for the gunman. Both fathers--Brendan Donovan, a cop whose son was wounded, and George Parkman Sr., whose son died--can't help wondering if the incident was somehow connected with Brendan's younger half-brother, Orlando, a ne'er-do-well drug addict. Tafoya skillfully shifts among the perspectives of the two grieving fathers, Orlando, and Danny Martinez, the primary investigator on the case. The bleak worldview Brendan articulates ("Nobody knew anybody. Nobody knew the first goddamn thing about their wives or their husbands or their kids or their friends") will resonate with classic noir readers, who will hope Tafoya is their guide through the mean streets for years to come." Publishers Weekly

"Two middle-class teenagers are victims of a drive-by shooting as they stand in front of a Philadelphia house where drugs are sold. One dies, the other is left in a coma. That straightforward premise compels this gritty, insightful crime novel. What were the teens doing there? Buying drugs? Who ordered the shooting? Why? What does it mean for the endlessly roiling competition among the city’s drug dealers? An unlikely handful of people want answers to those questions: a rising young detective with contacts in the drug world; the boys’ fathers, one a Philly beat cop, the other a well-to-do businessman; and one boy’s uncle, a junkie. The path to the truth is circuitous and bloody and leads all over the city. Tafoya’s characters, whether cops, killers, or victims, are multidimensional, and his portrait of the city’s drug trade is bleakly realistic. Tafoya’s Dope Thief (2009) was a fine debut. This much more ambitious follow-up cements his position as an up-and-coming hard-boiled writer." - Booklist

1 comment:

  1. Great reviews! Looking forward to reading Wolves... in fact, I'm gonna order it at Amazon this weekend... look for a review on my little blog!