Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tim O’Mara

Tim O’Mara has been teaching math and special education in the New York City public schools since 1987. Sacrifice Fly, his top-selling debut mystery introduced the series hero Raymond Donne, a Brooklyn public schoolteacher who was once an up-and-coming police officer until a tragic accident destroyed his knees and the future he envisioned on the force.

Crooked Numbers, the second book in the Raymond Donne series, has just been released.

Recently I asked O’Mara about what he was reading. His reply:
I’m almost through with Otto Penzler’s latest anthology, Kwik Krimes. Otto got over 80 writers, none of whom were me, to submit crime stories no longer than 1,000 words in length. Sounds gimmicky, I know, but it is a lesson in the economical use of words. Some of my new friends in the mystery world have entries: Lyndsay Faye, Jim Fusilli, Chris Grabenstein, and one by Reed Farrell Coleman that reads like a punch in the face. (In a good way.)

Were I to blurb this book, it would go something like this: “For every mystery reader who’s ever wanted a good story they could start—and finish—in the smallest room of the house and for every mystery writer who suffers from verbal diarrhea. The perfect book for those looking to poop and get off the pot!”
Visit Tim O'Mara's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.

My Book, The Movie: Crooked Numbers.

The Page 69 Test: Crooked Numbers.

--Marshal Zeringue