Sunday, May 5, 2024

Nolan Chase

Nolan Chase lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.

A Lonesome Place for Dying is his first book featuring Ethan Brand.

Library Journal's (starred) review said “Chase debuts his lonesome, reflective lawman with this well-written, complex case. Fans of Craig Johnson’s Longmire will enjoy.” Publishers Weekly's (starred) review called A Lonesome Place for Dying a “standout procedural ... Chase throws a lot of balls in the air, and he juggles them like a seasoned pro, managing to carve out a distinctly memorable protagonist in the process.”

Recently I asked Chase about what he was reading. The author's reply:
Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian

The Aubrey-Maturin novels great fun, and O’Brian evokes the period with knowledge, wit, and a violence which is both startling and entirely appropriate to the setting. They’re not easy reads, relying on a knowledge of nautical and medical jargon, Latin and Greek, geography and natural history and classical music. But they’re worth the effort for the camaraderie of the characters and the author’s storytelling prowess.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Coming from the mystery genre, Austen’s world can seem small, but she turns that to advantage by creating characters who bump up against that claustrophobia. Money, family, gender roles, politics and fate all play important parts, and the marriages aren’t so much happy endings but peculiar arrangements of fate which the characters have to work for and sometimes adapt themselves to.
Visit Nolan Chase's website.

--Marshal Zeringue