Book News

April 23rd, 2011

Time to talk about Little Timmy’s books.  He’s been so good over there in the corner, chewing his eraser and fidgeting because he wants to talk about them, but talking about Donald Trump and bunnies instead because he thinks we’ll like him better if he does that.  Isn’t that pathetic?

The extremely handsome cover just up there is, as it says quite plainly, BANGKOK NOIR,a brand-new collection of short stories that’s just become available on Kindle.  This is a very special project because all twelve writers (and there are some really good ones) and the publisher are donating 50% of all their royalties to charities that work with Bangkok’s poorest kids.

These are mostly slum kids, often from broken or nonexistent families, some of them orphaned (effectively if not literally) by drugs or by the brutal, disorienting experience of relocation from an impoverished town to the marginally controlled mayhem of Bangkok.  The same chain of events, in short, that put Miaow on the sidewalk.  The angel of Bangkok for the poorest children is Father Joe Maier, who has fed, clothed, and schooled thousands of them for years now, and I’m proud to say that Father Joe’s school gets some of the proceeds from BANGKOK NOIR.

The angel behind the book is Christopher G. Moore, the Bangkok-based mystery novelist who pulled together and edited this collection.  He’s a modest guy, but he needs to take a bow for this project.  And I’m happy to say that my own (very dark) story, “Hansum Man,” has gotten some praise on its own.  This is a surprise, since it was literally the first short story I’d written since eighth grade.

And HarperCollins has made a parting gesture by rushing into print the trade paperback edition of THE QUEEN OF PATPONG, with a little yellow medallion on the cover that says, “Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.”   This edition was originally scheduled for August of this year, but they decided to squeeze out a little action and hurry the book into print before I lose, if I do.

If I win, they’ll probably paste a new sticker over the current one, but if I lose, this little medallion will remain truthful, if a bit on the “old news” side.

Still, I have to say that it’s invigorating to have the words “Edgar Award” on the cover of a book that’s also got my name on it.  It’s almost enough to get me writing again.

20 Responses to “Book News”

  1. Suzanna Says:

    Is BANGKOK NOIR a tree book? I’m not a Kindle owner yet so I sure hope so. Even if HANSUM MAN is dark and scary I’d love to read it, and the other stories in the collection. Can’t think of a better way to help out needy children and get a chance to read a bunch of writers that are new to me at the same time.

    If you win? If you win? Have some faith Little Timmy!

    We’ll be rooting for you all the way!

  2. Tom Logan Says:

    I bought “Noir” on Kindle. I’m saving it for dessert after I read something maybe not so good (I download a lot of free books from Amazon–sometimes they are marginal at best.) Tim, I work as a volunteer with abused and neglected kids where I live. There is simply no greater thing I can do with the rest of my life. You are doing a truely gracious thing with Noir and you will be rewarded either with something special next week or in the future. Thank you from me and the children for what you do.

  3. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    I downloaded “Bangkok Noir.” I am intrigued. One thing for sure…Little Timmy done good.

  4. Eric Stone Says:

    I have got to admit, “Hansum Man” is one plenty mighty damn fine, mighty scary story. I might even like it better than my own in the collection. Thanks for the good read, Little Timmy.

    (And this is my fourth try at the snarl snap Captcha thing. The letters just aren’t all that clear. Sheesh)

  5. Eric Stone Says:

    That’s very strange – it kept telling me I got it wrong and not posting it and now it shows up three times. Sorry about that.

  6. Christopher G. Moore Says:


    You’ve done a wonderful job getting out the message about Bangkok Noir. With big hearted and talented authors like you, the money that we raise from this venture will make a difference in the lives of children in Thailand. Many people are unaware of ‘stateless’ children, who for a variety of reasons–no fault of their own–find they are excluded from school. The 12 authors of Bangkok Noir are trying to raise the awareness of the problem and to do something positive at the same time.

  7. EverettK Says:

    Wonderful story, Tim! I look forward to reading the other stories in the collection. To aid others in finding the book on Amazon, it’s here. (Assuming I got the html link code right…)

  8. ‘Bangkok Noir’ and Supporting a Cause « Debbi Mack: My Life on the Mid-List Says:

    […] can learn more about the book and the cause by reading this post on Timothy Hallinan’s blog, because that’s where I found out about it and he says it so much better than I ever […]

  9. Debbi Says:

    Well, as you can see I’ve posted about this on my blog. 🙂 And, of course, I’ll download a copy of the book, too.

  10. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Where have I been that I haven’t answered these? I don’t know why you guys put up with me.

    Leaving for NY Tuesday AM and sort of jamming to get 2000 things done first. So that’s my excuse, I guess.

    Soooooziew, BKK Noir is a tree-book in Asia but not, apparently, here – the publisher is Asian and they may feel that the shipping/postage/etc would drive the price up too high here. That’s my guess. I’ve got three of them — come to LA and I’ll give you one.

    Tom, how fortunate you are to be able to work with kids like that. If I had a life to spare, other than the one I spend writing, that’s what I’d do with it. I should note, though, that all twelve writers signed off on this idea and that Chris Moore sold it to the publishers.

    I also have to say that it’s doing pretty well for a $9 e-book. I would have priced it around $4.99, but I ain’t the publisher.

    Lil, thank you for the download – we’ll see if you’re still speaking with me when you’ve read the story. It’s dark, dark, dark. (Fun to write something that somber, though.)

    Eric, there is no higher praise than liking, or almost liking, another writer’s story more than one’s own. I have to admit, with some shame, that I haven’t read it yet — I’ve been drowning in another story project that you and I talked about, plus editing two books for Kindle and writing the new Poke. I might read it on the plane to NY, though. And ALL your messages got through, so Captcha was on your side all along.

    Hi, Chris, and thanks for the tactful reminder re: the number of writers. Math has never been my strong point. You’re the guy who deserves the thanks — none of this would have happened without you, and now that I’m sort of in your position on another project, I admire you even more than I did before.

    Everett, sooooo glad you liked the story. I’ve decided I like it, too, now that I’m far enough away from it that I don’t remember how it felt to write it. And thanks for the link. I should have done it myself, but I really am overextended.

    Debbi, that’s sooo cool of you, putting that huge plug on your site. You’re really a treasure. Anything that gets the word out is highly valued.

  11. Bonnie Says:

    Tim, when you get back from New York maybe we can talk about finding a more accessible CAPTCHA solution…

    I posted a link from the review of Bangkok Noir on Facebook; at least maybe my two Thai cousins will see it that way! 🙂

  12. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    Hi Tim,
    I read the story and found it dark, but very poignant and very sad. By accident, I’ve had contact with Vets, and I’m not sure we’ve really plumbed the depths of the left overs from Vietnam, or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I liked it for another view of Bangkok. Wishing you all the best, and a great trip to New York!

  13. sharai Says:

    Soooooo. . . Little Timmy, I’m biting my nails for you. All I can say is enjoy every moment and wear a depends.

    Also, I dare anyone to call you ‘Little Timmy’ after Thursday night! You’ve already made us all proud. XOXO

  14. Bonnie Says:

    This is off topic, but I had to tell you, Lil, I found almsot all of Joseph Roth’s books, in GERMAN, for free on Amazon for Kindle. I first checked at and they said they couldn’t be downloaded, but to go to the American store, and sure enough, there they all were!

  15. Laren Bright Says:

    Have a safe trip to NY. We are waiting with bated breath for the announcement. In the meantime, we’ve instructed Munyin to keep sharp objects away from you. (Plastic knives are iffy, too.)

  16. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    Hi Bonny-(Still off topic)-I had to look him up. My parents had very mixed feelings about all things Austrian, understandably, so I didn’t know his writings. I knew Goethe and Schiller and all the Germans. Strange. I will check out Amazon. Thank you for thinking of me.

  17. Philip Coggan Says:

    Have bought (just now) BN on Kindle. Odd: I type in Bangkok Noir and Kindle delivers me a choice of two books, BN in second place, and something called Water Heart by Erich Saysak in first. How did that happen?

  18. Philip Coggan Says:

    Queen of Patpong is NOT available on Kindle in Australia. How can they justify that? The say they’re protecting the Australian publishing industry. From what exactly?

  19. Sylvia Says:

    Hmmm, it sounds like the tree book version could be worth a competition! 😉

    Exciting times! Don’t forget to take care of yourself!

  20. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, all — In NY for the Edgars and have obviously been letting things slip.

    Bonnie and Lil, thanks for the words and the encouragement and for finding Joseph Roth’s books in German. Which Joseph Roth? Should I be reading Joseph Roth? (Not in German.)

    Philip, I have no idea why things are ranked as they are, except perhaps that BKK Noir is brand new, and maybe the other book is tagged “Bangkok noit.” As to protecting Australian publishing, I can see their not wanting to let Moore and Cotterill and Barrett and me in — but Eric? Pico Iyer? And who are “they” anyway?

    Sylvia, that’s a good idea. I might do it, once my life is back to normal.

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