Monday, February 20, 2012

Out of Exile: my feature on Paul Thomas in this week's New Zealand Listener

Over the weekend, the latest issue of the New Zealand Listener magazine (February 25 - March 2 2012 issue) hit newstands, and the lead article in the acclaimed Arts & Books section is "Out of Exile", my feature on local writer Paul Thomas, who is famous for his bestselling sports biographies, columns in local newspapers and magazines, and several acclaimed and award-winning crime novels in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Very shortly, Thomas's first new crime novel in a decade, and the first in 15 years to feature maverick Maori detective Tito Ihaka, hits bookstores. In the feature Thomas and I talk about many things, including why he returned to cime, the creation of Ihaka, his new novel DEATH ON DEMAND, the maverick cop as the latest incarnation of a centuries old wandering hero character, seeing his books on screen, and more.

So if you're in New Zealand, go and grab a copy of this week's New Zealand Listener. I think you'll enjoy the read. You can also meet Paul Thomas in person at a number of events across the country next month (see list of nationwide events here).