Sunday, March 18, 2007

Daniel Hatadi

Sydney crime fiction writer Daniel Hatadi has been a musician, a petrol station attendant, and a software engineer in the poker machine industry. His writing has appeared in Crimespree Magazine, Shots UK, Thrilling Detective and Thuglit. He also maintains the crime fiction social networking site, Crimespace.

I asked him what he has been reading. His reply:
It's surprising to note that most of the books I read nowadays are ones I've heard about on blogs or internet forums. I used to read anything I could lay my hands on, skimming through shelves at the library for whatever appealed. These days, it's mostly crime fiction, leaning towards the darker, more brutal stuff.

I'm a late convert to the man's work, but John Connolly's Every Dead Thing kept me up late most every night. His eerie, almost supernatural prose draws me right in and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Charlie Parker series.

Jess Walter's Citizen Vince certainly lived up to its Edgar award winning status. His redemptive tale about a man in a witness protection program is blessed with lyrical pyrotechnics that never detract from the story.

The second of the Joe Pitt series, Charlie Huston's No Dominion is a perfect mix of P.I. and vampire novels, with this book delving further into the politics of modern day NY vampires to stunning effect. The setup for the sequel has whet my appetite for even more.

Sandra Ruttan's Suspicious Circumstances is the last book I finished. It's an intrigue-filled debut police procedural that is less about the procedure and more about the complex intertwining of the character's relationships. Not a single stereotype in sight. I'm really curious to see what Sandra comes up with next.
Hatadi has been busy lately creating Crimespace: "A place for crime fiction readers, writers and lovers to schmooze, booze and draw up plans for the heist to end all heists. Find new authors to delve into and discuss the latest in crime fiction. Join up and enter the forums. Share photos, videos and make some friends." Read his introductory bio at the site.

Visit Hatadi's official website and his blog.

--Marshal Zeringue