Thursday, December 3, 2009

John Lutz

John Lutz is the author of two private eye series, the Nudger series, set in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Carver series, set in Florida, as well as many non-series novels.

His SWF Seeks Same was made into the hit movie Single White Female, starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and his novel The Ex was made into the HBO original movie of the same title, for which he co-authored the screenplay.

Lutz's latest novel is Urge To Kill.

Last month I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
I'm now reading Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red. It's part of the Rabbi series by Harry Kemelmen, published in the seventies. Each book in the series is a clever and neatly written little mystery featuring Kemelman's main character, Rabbi David Small, a young Rabbi who finds himself embroiled in crimes and acting as an amateur detective. This series is a real treasure that maybe too many readers have forgotten. I have a number (too large a number) of old mystery novels and have been reading or re-reading them to see how they've held up over the years. The Kemelman books are still greatly entertaining.
The book I read before the above was In the Woods, by Tana French. It won the Edgar for best first novel a few years ago, and I picked it up as a giveaway on the way out of the awards banquet. Finally I got around to reading it. Some book! Tana French is a brilliant natural writer. Her talent is almost magical. If she doesn't have an incandescent career it will be only because she chooses to do something else with her life.
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--Marshal Zeringue