Author Joe Clifford: December Boys at Book Passage!

Author Joe Clifford in conversation with David Corbett, Book Passages

Author Joe Clifford in conversation with David Corbett, Book Passages

Last night I had the opportunity to hear Joe Clifford in conversation with David Corbett at Book Passage in Marin. The occasion was the celebration of the launch of the second in Clifford’s Jay Porter series, December Boys. (The first, Lamentation, received an Anthony nomination for  Best Novel of 2015.)

David Corbett is a deft interviewer—funny and entertaining in his own right, thoughtful and pointed in the questions he poses. In response, author Joe Clifford was lovable. I know Joe would dispute that, but I brought my 19-year-old with me and post event he declared, “I love Joe! He was great!”

See, lovable?

Joe writes what I would call “literary noir”.

The mood is dark and piercing, the plot fast and focused. Both are supported by spare, elegant prose that is far more than a means to an end.

Like his protagonist, Jay Porter, Joe  comes across as an imperfect man who owns his imperfections and in the process makes us all root for him. Joe Clifford’s willing to go personal, sharing stories of his first date with his wife, his devastating motorcycle accident,  his battle with addiction. But Joe also talks writing and publishing with a professionalism that yields helpful takeaways  every time I hear him speak.

I was happy to learn that Clifford has signed to write three more Jay Porter books. The only thing that would make me happier would be having Book 3  in my hands right now. Because nobody writes darkness tinged with hope like Joe Clifford.


FRIENDS OF CHILDREN: $1,135 raised!

OMM Vegas 2Thrilled to raise $1,135  through sales of ONE MURDER MORE   to benefit  the American Academy of Pediatrics Friends of Children Fund The monies will be designated to benefit children across the world through targeted, pediatric disaster relief.  Pediatricians in attendance at the American Academy of Pediatrics, California’s (AAP-CA)  annual Las Vegas seminars purchased the book, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Diablo Book Club Jan 2016


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Delighted  to speak with the Diablo Book Club in Concord, California  about  the  “process of writing”.   Wonderful, welcoming group, thoughtful questions,  & the best   homemade almond cake I’ve ever had!   

ps For events, book clubs & speaking inquiries contact Rai Rose Cornell (Publicist). In-person or via SKYPE, Kris loves to meet with readers &  aspiring writers, we’ll find a way to make it work!