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Nov.02.2011
My new novel MOZART'S LAST ARIA is out this week in the US, published by HarperCollins. The book has earned terrific reviews from top writers like Tess Gerritsen, who says it's a "fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read." NPR compares it to The Da Vinci Code, and Kirkus Reviews says it "will...
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Aug.18.2011
There are lazy writers, writers who can’t say no, and then there are creative people who are able to combine their muse with their media. I’ve discovered this in recent months a couple of different ways. First, on a recent book tour, I spent a week at a book festival where I was together with the...
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Jul.14.2011
Editor’s note: The Man of Twists and Turns has obtained the text of a major exclusive which was set to appear in The News of the World in London this week. However, News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old tabloid to dampen a scandal over its reporters hacking into private...
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Jun.15.2011
I've a guest post on the UK book blog Bookgeeks today, about how I "wrote the music" for my new Mozart novel MOZART'S LAST ARIA. Here's how the post starts: I’ve played music all my life, but I’m no musician. After my initial childhood music lessons I parted ways with the playing of...
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Jun.03.2011
When Peter Cook admitted to Dudley Moore that he was “turned on by dead Popes,” it was a satire on those among us who’re so bored by their lives as to be infinitely suggestible. Thus a dead pope lying on a catafalque in white robes looks “at peace, at rest, and ****ing fanciable.” The joke, of...
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May.18.2011
Crime novelists generally write a novel a year. It’s what publishers want. Some big writers—and I mean, 25 million books sold—have told me their publishers and agents complain that if they don’t produce a book a year their readers will forget them. In the case of such writers, some of those 25...
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May.04.2011
At last. It took 220 years, but finally someone has told my story. I always said I was poisoned. MOZART’S LAST ARIA came out this week in the UK. It’s a historical thriller by the British writer Matt Rees. I don’t mind that the Mozart of the title is my sister Nannerl – I always thought she...
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May.03.2011
The best reason I have for writing a novel about Mozart must surely be that I love his music. Other elements contribute, including my fascination with his neglected sister and the growing historical research which I believe points toward his murder. But the music must be at the center of the novel...
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May.02.2011
Historical novelists recreate the emotions and events of distant times. It helps if they can use real places that still exist. In the case of MOZART’S LAST ARIA, I was able to set much of the action in streets and buildings where Mozart lived and worked – and where you can still visit. In my...
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May.02.2011
The long wait for a successor to Amadeus is over. In fact, my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA answers questions about the great composer’s death that are far more deeply rooted in historical research than Peter Shaffer’s nonetheless terrific play.Shaffer, whose play was first performed in 1979 and...