Saturday, December 9, 2023

Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark is the author of the Detective Harriet Foster crime fiction series, including Fall (2023) and Hide (2023). She is a two-time Sue Grafton Memorial Award-winning author and the 2022 winner of the Sara Paretsky Award. The four novels in her Cass Raines series (2018-2021) have also been honored as Anthony Award and Lefty Award finalists and have been shortlisted for the American Library Association's RUSA Reading List, named a CrimeReads Best New PI Book of 2018, a Midwest Connections Pick, and a Library Journal Best Books of the Year. A native of Chicago, she works as an editor in the newspaper industry and roots for the Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks equally. She is a board member-at-large of Sisters in Crime, Chicagoland, a member of International Thriller Writers, and serves on the boards of Mystery Writers of America Chicago and the Midwest Mystery Conference.

Recently I asked Clark about what she was reading. Her reply:
I am currently reading Bad Influence by Alison Gaylin. I love it, I love it, I love it! There is nothing about the PI genre I don't like, and Gaylin artfully continues with one of the late Robert B. Parker's iconic Boston PIs, Sunny Randall (and her doggy sidekick Rosie).

This one delves into the world of Instagram influencers. Someone's out to kill one of them and Sunny's brought in to protect the guy from his tormentor and figure out what's what before he ends up DOA. The snark is back. The level-eyed stare. Did I say already that I love it?

When Parker died in 2010, I was bereft at the loss of his voice, that snap on the page. Gaylin gives a little bit of that back.
Visit Tracy Clark's website.

Q&A with Tracy Clark.

My Book, The Movie: What You Don’t See.

The Page 69 Test: Runner.

The Page 69 Test: Hide.

The Page 69 Test: Fall.

--Marshal Zeringue