Last week I started rereading 2000 Miles To Open Road by Trey R. Barker. We published it at Five Star and it got nothing but raves from virtually very quarter. Trey is a young police officer who I predict will be a major name in crime fiction once his new books begin appearing. We had in common at the time we published his first novel the fact that we were both going through the early stages of battling cancer. We didn't know this until after the book was published. Trey's experience was brutal. But the cancer diary he kept is one of the most eloquent and articulate pieces of real life I've ever read. Happily he's doing well now. We've exchanged a few letters in the past several days and I'll quote from two of them here as a way of enticing you on to his blog. It offers and exceptionally perceptive take on life, writing and the life of a police officer. Here's the link:
"And you're right about neo noir street crime. Most of it, it seems to me, is so over the top anymore...2000 MILES TO OPEN ROAD is - vaguely - my version of that kind of highly stylized violence and street crime. What's funny to me is that, when faced with real street crime and real violence, most people I've dealt with find themselves feeling sort of let down, as though it were somehow anticlimactic, because they've been taught that it'ss got dramatic music and it's in slow motion with tilt/pan camera angles and everyone involved says really profound things as it's happening.
"Ain't like that at all and if writers would read more non-fiction, they'd know that."
" I loved the letter from your son. I was going to respond but hadn't set up an account and didn't have time then blah blah blah. We haven't had any farm accidents around here this summer but, as I was going to say in the response, most of the farmers seem to have a constant, low-level anxiety about it, as though when it happens they'll be shocked but not surprised. Actually, it's sort of like big city cops, who seem to always have that will a cop die today question in the back of their heads."