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The Crime Interview: Peter May [Kindle Edition]

Len Wanner
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Book Description

In this 9,000-word interview, Len Wanner talks to Peter May, international bestselling author of the China Thrillers, the Enzo Files and the Lewis Trilogy.


Dialogue: 'I used to say to the writers who worked for me when I was a script editor: "Never write a line of dialogue that doesn't either advance plot or develop character." If you apply those rules to most of the dialogue you read in books, it fails miserably.'

Character: 'All story derives from character. It's what people do that determines stories, and what people do is determined by who they are, so for me character is the starting point of every story.'

Popularity: 'The irony is that THE BLACKHOUSE was rejected by every major publishing house in Britain.'

Propaganda: 'The Department of Propaganda in the Ministry of Public Security [in China] is basically a production and publication unit. They publish crime fiction and they make crime movies and TV series. The propaganda is based on the notion that the characters who represent the police in literature, cinema, or on TV are always the good guys.'

Also by Len Wanner and published by Blasted Heath


Engaging, informative and shot through with humour, Len Wanner's collection of in-depth interviews is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary crime fiction. His interview subjects are nine of today's most successful Scottish crime writers: Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride, Karen Campbell, Neil Forsyth, Chris Brookmyre, Paul Johnston, Alice Thompson, Allan Guthrie and Louise Welsh. Wanner's relaxed, conversational approach enables him to ask the most penetrating of questions time after time in his attempt to find the answers to the big questions at the heart of Scottish crime fiction. Brimming with pithy, witty and sometimes just plain weird revelations, these interviews provide a unique and unforgettable insight into how writers think, and into the professional secrets of some of the genre's greatest exponents.

THE CRIME INVERVIEWS: VOLUME ONE also includes a foreword by Louise Welsh, an afterword by Aaron Kelly and a comprehensive recommended reading list.


With THE CRIME INTERVIEWS: VOLUME TWO, once again Wanner's encyclopaedic knowledge of Scottish crime fiction is put to expert use in his enthralling and revealing conversations with another inspired line-up of stars of tartan noir. His latest interview subjects include William McIlvanney, Tony Black, Doug Johnstone, Helen FitzGerald, Quintin Jardine, Gordon Ferris, Craig Russell, Douglas Lindsay, Ray Banks and Denise Mina.

THE CRIME INTERVIEWS: VOLUME TWO also includes a foreword by Ian Rankin and an afterword by Lee Horsley.


"Len Wanner is the perfect interrogator, subtle, accommodating and incisive, and these interviews elicit many layers of deep, dark and vital intelligence."
– John Banville, author of The Sea

"This is fascinating reading and a real treat. A rare insight into the minds of a diverse group of crime writers, writing in one genre, living in proximity, but all with utterly different, individual voices."
– Peter James, author of Dead Like You

"These interviews cut to the very marrow of Scottish crime writing, deep, incisive and bloody. Bloody good fun too."
– Colin Bateman, author of Mystery Man


Len Wanner was born in the Alpine Republic of Bavaria in 1985. When his academic and civil service kept interfering with his reading, he left the country, and when University College Dublin, better known as the All-star Republic of Ireland, gave him a degree at the price of an accent, he left that country, too. Having found his lady friend in the Almost Republic of Scotland, Mr Wanner is finishing a PhD on crime fiction at the University of Edinburgh, and freelancing as translator, interviewer, and editor of the literary journal,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 102 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blasted Heath (30 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R8ZG0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Perhaps appropriately, given the subject of his books, Len Wanner is a mystery. Somehow, he has got himself a German passport, an Irish accent, a Scottish wife, and a PhD in English literature - and somehow he has lived to tell the tale.

Follow him on Twitter @LenWanner for updates.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The real Li Yan 25 April 2013
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Having read all the Chinese thrillers, I was interested in reading about the author and his knowledge of the real Li Yan.
and his wide range of contacts in the police force. I expect that should you goto Beijing, all the route and places covered in the book would be real.

This gives a degree of authority as the stories unfold.
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A personal insight into a very gifted author. I loved the Lewis Trilogy which would make a superb boxed set on the lines of "The Wire" etc. Michael McCroddan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter May 19 Oct. 2014
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Every bit as interesting as all Peter May's novels.
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