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Grrl Scientist has given a wonderful plug to Denying Science in her Guardian blog; I keep meaning to talk about it here but failing to do so because there've been exciting developments on my three earlier science books, Denying Science, Corrupted Science and Bogus Science, that I want to talk about at the same time. More on those developments later.

In the meantime, though, David Hebblethwaite has said kind things about my recent PS Publishing novella The Lonely Hunter on his Follow the Thread blog. Here's some of it:

[T]his novella from PS Publishing is as good as ever. . . . As a murder mystery, The Lonely Hunter plays the game with its red herrings and twists. But Grant’s novella is about more than that: Emil is open about the fact that he has changed some of the identifying details of his tale, and muses over the differences between real life and fiction. This is what I think is at the heart of The Lonely Hunter: individuals creating stories about themselves and others, to the extent that they become fictional characters, of a sort – and you’ll close the book wondering exactly where the boundaries between reality and fiction lie.

Although, because of the film noir encyclopedia, I've had virtually no time over the past two years or so to write fiction, I find my inclinations turning more and more toward a sort of noirish form of fantasy, as exemplified in The Lonely Hunter, my earlier novella for PS, The City In These Pages, and a bunch of other short stories. That said, the next longish fiction I want to write -- and this'll not be until spring next year, at the earliest (how frustrating this is!) -- concerns Ellery Queen tackling something that looks a bit like the parallel worlds hypothesis but in fact isn't.


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My novella The Lonely Hunter, just out from PS Publishing, has received its first review. The novella's probably the nearest I'll ever get to writing a Claude Chabrol movie, and so, reasonably enough, the review comes from a crime-fiction site. The reviewer is Mario Guslandi, the site is Gumshoe, and the review concludes:

 

Grant skilfully shuffles his cards and muddies the waters throughout the novella, playing with the readers’ credulity and leading them on the wrong track. He controls and handles his characters as an expert puppeteer, thus producing a memorable book where love, hate, seduction, and ambition blend in a powerful, intoxicating cocktail.

Fans of detective stories will find Grant’s elegant and efficacious prose and his insightful approach a refreshing change. Lovers of good mainstream fiction will enjoy the aura of intriguing mystery enveloping a superbly told human affair. Either way, highly recommended.

 

The book's available from PS Publishing here in the standard hc edition and here in the posh, limited, signed edition.
 

March 2013

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