Thursday, November 17, 2011

Moore please

CG Moore signs my copy of Zero Hour
The book talk and signing by Bangkok-based crime thriller author Christopher G Moore was one of the most enjoyable Monument Books events that I've attended. The author turned out to be a thoroughly engaging orator as he talked candidly about his writing style and process, his fictional characters, particularly his private eye Vincent Calvino, and the the forthcoming feature film of his first novel, Spirit House. I found his description of the exhaustive process of writing and editing one single book most fascinating. It sounds like a bloody hard slog. Something which Moore is obviously good at, as he's just completed his 23rd novel. I'm halfway through his one and only novel based in Cambodia, Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, also titled Cut Out, which came out in 1994 after the author had been here during the UNTAC period. I can confirm that it's as engaging as the author himself and I can see me going onto read more of his fiction. He's also had books featuring Vietnam and Burma, but the main base for his books is Thailand, where he's lived for the last twenty years. The Hollywood film of his first book is expected to kick-off filming early next year and some top actors have been banded about, but we'll have to wait and see who gets on board the project.
Prolific author Christopher G Moore and yours truly



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