All my evil love children are otherwise engaged

A couple of links, for those who are interested:

First, over at Marshal Zeringue’s Campaign for the American Reader, I submit The Shadow Tracer to The Page 69 Test.

Suspected of kidnapping and murder, Sarah takes Zoe and runs. Chased across the Southwest by cops, federal agents, and the [real killers], she has to use her skills as a skip tracer to stay off the grid, remain one step ahead of her pursuers, and find a way to save her daughter.

Page 69 features a meeting between the opposing forces who want to capture Sarah: the FBI, and the violent family of Zoe’s father. FBI agent Curtis Harker comes to the supermax prison in Colorado Springs to interview Zoe’s imprisoned grandfather, clan patriarch Eldrick Worthe.

The rest is at the link.

Second, C.J. Carver points me to a colorfully crazy bit of prose — in the Mystery People review of the novel All Fall Down, by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards.

Mostly the pace doesn’t let up for a second. There’s a world-threatening virus with no known cure, and a bomb which wipes out half the virologists who might find one; a stunningly beautiful villainess on a quasi-religious mission; a cute kid with a feckless father; and the biggest body count I’ve ever encountered in a thriller, even before the virus starts cutting swathes through the population.

That’s not the crazy part. This is.

All Fall Down could be described as a plot constructed by the evil love-child of Meg Gardiner and Michael Crichton.

I laughed, hard, when I read that. It’s wonderful. I’m flattered. But what does it even mean?

Anyhow, it’s not true. All my evil love-children are busy messing up the baggage claim system at Heathrow airport, and switching the size tags on swimsuits at Target, and building a high-tech lair in that extinct volcano in the South Pacific.

3 responses to “All my evil love children are otherwise engaged

  1. Wait, I thought that extinct volcano was in the Indian Ocean!

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