The fourth in our series of interviews conducted at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Jeff Parker lets us in on his feelings about ending his Charlie Hood series after having the characters as companions through almost a decade and six books.
I find adjectives woefully inadequate when it comes to describing Jeff Parker’s work. I guess absorbing, captivating and terrific are good starts. I’m in no way unique in my praise: Jeff has won three Edgar Awards, which puts him in rarefied territory indeed. Jeff’s career has been fiction for about 30 years now, but he started out as a journalist. When I was editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he revisited his former occupation to write “Traffic Stop,” a piece on ATF agents working against the seemingly unstoppable flow of guns.
Darrell James started his mystery writing career with short stories for which he garnered a shelf full of awards. His first full-length mystery, Nazareth Child, which introduced private investigator Del Shannon and is one of those stories that taps into at least one of everyone’s worst fears, won the Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel. Darrell has added two more to the series, Sonora Crossing and Purgatory Key.