Wednesday, 10 January 2018

BEST OF CRIME with Will Dean

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


for his Dark Pines blog tour

to share his BEST OF CRIME ...

Shirley Jackson, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, Yaa Gyasi, Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Waters, Val McDermid, Gillian Flynn, George Saunders, Abir Mukherjee, Muriel Spark, Thomas Harris, Samanta Schweblin, Susan Hill, Helen McDonald, Chris Whitaker, Agatha Christie, Jon McGregor, Roald Dahl, Ottessa Moshfegh, Michel Faber, Imran Mahmood, Michelle Paver. 
I enjoy atmospheric, unnerving, immersive fiction. I read about two books per week and I like to be anchored to the story within a few pages – either by the setting, or the voice, or the character relationships.

Fargo, The Shining, The Godfather, The Silence of the Lambs, Labyrinth, The Road, Alien, The Hurricane, Jaws, No Country for Old Men, Leon, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Let The Right One In, The Deer Hunter, Into the wild. 
The gradual development of Michael Corleone (The Godfather) from innocent hero to villainous Don is exquisitely done.

The Sopranos, Twin Peaks, Luther, Mad Men, Hannibal, The Good Wife, Broadchurch.
Twin Peaks is weirdly beautiful. I love the music and the sense of place and the minor characters.

Merricat, Hannibal Lecter, Anton Chigurh, Jaws, Lizzie Borden, Tom Ripley, Annie Wilkes.
I think Chigurh and Lecter are both INCREDIBLY chilling.

Clarice Starling, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, Dale Cooper, Karen Pirie, Tony Hill, Carol Jordan, Harry Hole, Zigic & Ferreira, Captain Sam Wyndham, Sergeant Banerjee, Sherlock Holmes, Jack Reacher, Inspector McLean. The interplay between Starling and Lecter is so well-crafted. She’s a fantastic character.   

Air-powered cattle bolt gun (No Country for Old Men). Such an interesting, horrific murder weapon. It’s confusing for police (entry wound, no exit wound, no bullet), and shocking for readers/viewers partly because it’s so unexpected, and partly because Chiguhr has to be in close physical contact with a victim in order to effectively discharge the weapon.

Terminator II (thumbs up). So bittersweet!   

No blogs/websites for research, but I love On Writing by Stephen King & Stiff by Mary Roach.

I think about Stephen King’s quote before I start each new story: ‘You must not come lightly to the blank page’. Also: read as many good books as you can. Read your genre. Read outside of your genre. Read books published last week. Read books published a hundred years ago. Read books written by people who don’t look or sound or write or think like you.

Gott & Blandat super sour Swedish sweets (very important for editing)    


Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.

Find Will Dean on Twitter - @willrdean


Publisher's description
An isolated Swedish town.
A deaf reporter terrified of nature.
A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest.
A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.

It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

Dark Pines was published by Oneworld Publications on 4 January 2018

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