The Season to be Jolly

Friends and family ask what I want for Christmas and I invariably tell them: books. Which books? Anything new by Joseph Kanon, Martin Cruz Smith, Robert Harris, Olen Steinhauer, Nelson DeMille or Michael Lewis, I tell them.  At the moment, Mr. Smith has a new title on bookshelves called The Girl from Venice. I expect to find it under my tree.

People often ask what books I would give as presents?  The novel that affected me more deeply than any other was No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.  I would recommend that tome any time.  The two novels that inspired me to become a writer were Boys and Girls Together by William Goldman and The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer.  If only I could write half as well.  Really anything by those gentlemen would make good reading.

If you’re in a mood to learn something new, read any of Michael Lewis’ non-fiction works.  They are all enlightening.

Happy Holidays to one and all!

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