January 21st, 2021

Writing this down so I don’t forget. Maybe it will help you, too.

Things that will threaten my writing and author goals this year: Trying to please everyone. Do not freak out at poor reviews. It’s what happens when you put something out in the world.

Don’t try to do too many things at once.

Ok, let’s get to it.

Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:



  • The nomadic New York Times thriller column returns with a look at the latest down under suspense tale from Jane Harper plus a locked room mystery from southern India.
  • Lisa Gardner talks to ABR about her newest thriller, the standalone, BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, it’s origins, inspiration and lead character.



Patricia Highsmith would have turned 100 this year. She had a… unique outlook on life.

  • “One situation – maybe one alone – could drive me to murder: family life, togetherness.”
  • “Life is a long failure of understanding … a long, mistaken shutting of the heart.”




  • Are you a Highsmith or a Ripley fan? I’ve read many, my favorite, if that’s the right word is the disturbing Strangers on a Train. What about you?


Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series


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