How many threads connect us to a journey? S. J. Rozan joins the program along with her feline companion to speak about her latest work Family Business, a work nominated for the G.P Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award. Along with articulating the complexities of Chinatown, the Tong organized crime family, and the hierarchy of Chinese culture, S. J. and Larry draw a comparison between the film In the Heights comparing “abuela” in latin culture and “gao” in Tong culture. S.J. also posited that there are 2 things a writer cannot do to a reader and how sidekicks are a must in crime fiction.
Returning to the podcast is Larry’s old friend Tom Clavin. Tom has returned to speak with Larry about his old friend and collaborative co-author Phil Keith who recently passed, and to talk about his book Lightning Down, the story of Lt. Joe Moser, a P-38 Lightning pilot downed in World War II. Tom speaks about his love of research in preparation for writing, his love of military aircraft and how it played into his love for the P-38. In his research for the book, Tom learned of a chance encounter between Lt. Moser and a bomber crew member years after the war and their amazing connection. Larry and Tom also reflect on how Moser may have interacted with the fellow who inspired the character 007, James Bond. Please also check out Tom’s newest work To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth, which chronicles a US Civil War naval battle off the coast of Europe.