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I thought I’d share some fast facts about my latest Aidy Westlake adventure, HALF-INCHED.

1. “Half-Inched” is cockney rhyming slang for pinched as in to steal.

2. Aidy Westlake is named after former Watford Football Club’s had coach Aidy Boothroyd and the late, great writer Donald Westlake.

3. HALF-INCHED was inspired by a British journalist who was discussing high value car thefts in Europe where the vehicles ended up in Moldova.  The police in Moldova rarely investigated the thefts as they didn’t occur in their country…but the police would turn a blind eye if the owners chose to steal their property back. As soon as I heard that I knew I had a book!   🙂

4. Readers, Mary-Frances Lascuola & Barb Kreisel, provided the title for the book when I was struggling to come up with one.  They won my contest to see who could come up with a better title than me!

If you’ve read the book, I hope these tidbits have given you some additional insight into the story.  And if you haven’t read the book, I hope you’ll give it a go.

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Merry Christmas, everyone!!  Aidy Westlake is your Xmas gift!! Aidy and the boys are back.  The full-time racecar driver and part-time investigator returns in HALF-INCHED. Again, Aidy and his crew are up to their necks in trouble. The storyline is as follows.

“Christmas has gone sideways for racecar driver, Aidy Westlake. Aidy’s grandfather, Steve, was just putting the finishing touches on a classic Ford GT40 he was restoring for a British millionaire when it was stolen from his workshop. They quickly establish that the supercar was stolen to order and is in now in Moldova in the hands of the notorious gangster, Lupul. There’s a wrinkle. The police in Moldova don’t care. The theft of a rich man’s toy doesn’t rank high on their priorities. The client’s ultimatum is simple—cover his one million pound loss or recover the car by Christmas Day. With the threat of financial ruin hanging over his grandfather’s head, Aidy’s crew has only one option—steal the car back.”

This story takes place between the novels DID NOT FINISH and HOT SEAT.

The book is here.  You can order it from Amazon and Amazon UK. I hope you enjoy it.

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It’s that time of year, so if you’re looking to give a book for Christmas and you’re going to make it one of mine, bless your heart. If you want to get a book autographed or personalized to that special someone (even if that special someone is you) go to my bookshop. Used the code GORDO10 to get a 10% discount.

Alternatively, I can mail out a bookplate or sign ebooks via Authorgraph.com. Just email me with your requests and I’ll do my best to make it happen. All the details are on the bookshop.

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Connie Jasperson interviewed me about my plotting techniques after attending my writing workshop at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference.  You can read it here.

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I am emceeing Danville Ladies Club’s BOOK ALIVE event next week. If you’re local, check out the flyer. ALL the signup details are on them.

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I’m on a mini book tour this September. I’ll be traveling around Washington for a few events and I hope you can join for one of them. Here’s where I’ll be:

September 8th: I’m the keynote speaker at this year’s Southwest Washington Writers’ Conference, at Centralia College in lovely Centralia, WA. If you’d like to attend the conference or be at the book signing, let me know.

September 9th: Noon in Seattle. I will be entertaining a mystery book club. This is a super secret event. If you’d like to attend drop me a line.

September 10th: South Hill Library at 7:00pm. I’m the topic of the library’s Book Discussion Group in Puyallup (where my wife grew up). It’s open to the public and all are welcome. Details here.

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There’s a 2nd edition of La Ragazza Senza Passato (The Italian version of THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY) from Newton Compton with a slightly tweaked cover.

Hopefully, they’ll remember to send me a copy.

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I’m on a mini book tour this September.  I’ll be traveling around Washington for a few events and I hope you can join for one of them.  Here’s where I’ll be:

September 8th: I’m the keynote speaker at this year’s Southwest Washington Writers’ Conference, at Centralia College in lovely Centralia, WA.  If you’d like to attend the conference or be at the book signing, let me know.

September 9th: Noon in Seattle.  I will be entertaining a mystery book club.  This is a super secret event.  If you’d like to attend drop me a line.

September 10th: South Hill Library at 7:00pm.  I’m the topic of the library’s Book Discussion Group in Puyallup (where my wife grew up).  It’s open to the public and all are welcome.  Details here.

 

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Acclaimed Science Fiction writer, Harlan Ellison, died last week.  He was a legend for two reasons–his writing and abrasive personality.  He was a force of nature that was hard to withstand.  I met only once.  We appeared on a panel together in 2005.  It was the most intense hour’s of my life (the picture is of me after the panel).  He called me “a fucking idiot” but I made him laugh too.  What made me run afoul of him only to turn it around moments later I haven’t told many people out of fear it would get back to Harlan.  Now he’s gone, I can share what happened, what was said and the secret I never told.  There are thousands of anecdotes about Harlan and this one is mine.  You can listen to it below.  I hope you like it.

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