Monsoon Rains and Crime Fiction
The sky darkened in Bangkok about 1.00 p.m. and the rains came down hard. An hour and a half later, as I write this, the motorcycle taxi drivers below my window remain under a couple of large umbrellas, sticking out their heads, looking at the sky. Driving in Bangkok during such a storm is always an experience. Motorcycles are on the roads, the driver soaked, looking wild-eyed, weaving in and out of the traffic. It is a miracle that there aren’t more accidents in the rain. The sky is clearing this afternoon and by evening it will be as if it never rained.
The 10th Vincent Calvino novel Paying Back Jack has been shipped by Heaven Lake Press to bookstores in Thailand. Copies should be available by the weekend. If you don’t find a copy in your favorite bookstore, go to the front desk and ask the assistant for the book. There is no question that bookstore employees keep records of such customer requests, and if enough people ask for a book, guess what, someone notices and orders or reorders the title.
If you live outside of Thailand and don’t wish to wait until October 2009 to read Paying Back Jack, there remain a limited number of copies of the Heaven Lake Press edition that can be shipped. Click here to order your copy. Once you open the page, scroll down to the Vincent Calvino titles and Paying Back Jack is the first title you will find.
At the moment, the following signings have been lined for Paying Back Jack:
4th November 2008 The Cactus Bar, Soi Cowboy from 8.00 p.m. (free food night) John’s food isn’t to be missed.
24th December 2008 The Lonestar Bar, Washington Square from 2.30 p.m. (free Christmas dinner, the first Christmas without George Pipas presenting.)
January 2009 The Pattaya Expat Club (date and time being arranged)