Today I overheard a woman say her name was Kendall, and at first I thought she said Kindle. I wonder if anyone’s named a baby after their favorite reading device yet? Good thing I don’t want kids - I’m so grateful for my book sales on Kindle, I might be tempted…
When Tony Black’s first novel outside of the crime genre - His Father’s Son - was published, some saw it as a departure for the author. It wasn’t. Black has always been deeply concerned with father-son relationships (the heart of his Gus Dury novels), and His Father’s Son was a deepening of that exploration. Now The Last Tiger - set not in urban Scotland but in Tasmania - goes even deeper. It’s the best book so far by this fearlessly honest and compassionate writer.
An author and a publisher are wandering in a desert, dying of thirst. Then they find a flask full of water.
"Great!" the author says. "We have water to drink."
"Yes," the publisher says. "But can I piss in it first?"