Recent ad for Cloud Cover and other thrillers

The Tucson Weekly‘s October 17 issue had a half-page ad for my five thrillers (next to the book review page). Here it is in a smaller format.Tucson Weekly ad for Cloud Cover and Other Thrillers

Cloud Cover is available as a hardcover at,, and at a 40% discount from the publisher’s website: All five thrillers are also available as eBooks from the following online retailers: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Kobo, Sony, and Waterstone’s (UK), as well as from various wholesalers—e.g., Baker & Taylor, OverDrive, and Gardner’s (UK).

Sting, the Master, and Margarita

The New York Times Book Review’s feature “By the Book” (where they ask writers questions about what they’re reading, their favorite writers, and other book-related questions) featured Sting in the September 19 issue. Here’s one exchange that surprised me:

What book has had the greatest impact on you?

Probably Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita,” a delicious and disruptive satire of Soviet Russia. I hear a dead man was put on trial in Moscow only this past summer; Woland would have loved it!

Reading that, I thought, well, if Sting can read Bulgakov, so can I (particularly since the book was one of those in my “retirement reading” list).

Did I like it? Not really. I just can’t get into farcical fantasies and found most of it pointless (which perhaps shows how little I know about Russian literature).

Anyway, there were two features that did interest me. One was the references to migraines. The first appears in the retelling of Pontius Pilate’s story, where Bulgakov has Pilate say the following:

“O gods, gods, why are you punishing me?… Yes, there’s no doubt about it, it’s back again, that horrible, relentless affliction… the hemicrania that shoots pain through half my head… there’s no remedy for it, no relief… I’ll try not to move my head…” (p. 13 in the Viking International translation)

Migraneurs will recognize that one-sided pain (and those who know the Italian for migraine—emicrania—will appreciate the translation). Even Woland (Satan) talks about nearly getting a migraine from the noise in a bar (p. 237).

The other feature I enjoyed were the descriptions of Pilate’s faithful dog Banga. Take a look at chapter 26, in particular, with a long paragraph describing the relationship between a dog and a man who love each other (p. 265). Nicely done! But unfortunately a bit too long to quote.

Oh, and one funny line? How’s this?

Man is mortal and, as was said so fittingly, sometimes suddenly so.

Humorous conclusion there.