2-6-13: Angel Baby gets a starred review in Kirkus:
"A rising star in neonoir, Lange follows up his 2009 novel, This Wicked World,
with a sharply calibrated and affecting tale about a young Mexican
beauty who will do anything to reclaim the baby daughter she left in Los
"The woman, Luz, survived a hard upbringing in Tijuana
only to fall under the control of an abusive Mexican drug lord, Rolando,
aka "El Principe." After going to great lengths to convince him she is
devoted to him, she sneaks off with a pile of his money, killing two of
his household staff with his gun. She hires Malone, an American who
makes a living smuggling Mexicans across the border, to drive her to
California. They are quickly pursued by Jerónimo, a one-time LA gang
member whom Rolando springs from a Tijuana prison to bring back Luz, and
Thacker, a corrupt U.S. Border Patrol agent. Jerónimo, a reformed soul
whose wife and daughter are being held by Rolando until he returns with
Luz, strikes an uneasy alliance with the slovenly, unreformed Thacker:
He'll get Luz, and the border cop will get the money. Malone, who is
haunted by memories of seeing his own little girl run over by a car,
becomes committed to Luz. The twisting plot thickens when Rolando orders
Jerónimo to bring back Luz's child as well. Unlike most such stories,
this book is driven not by greed or revenge but by parenthood, and Lange
doesn't subscribe to the usual moral checks and balances. In all other
ways, however, he embraces classic noir in all its violence, bleakness
and dark humor. He makes readers care about his flawed characters and
appreciate the odds that were stacked against them by the circumstances
of their upbringing.
"A film waiting to happen, this book boasts memorable characters, evocative settings and a suspenseful plot."
of Dead Boys from Le Soir, a newspaper from Belgium.
6-19-09: Skylight Books in Los Feliz has copies of This Wicked World two weeks before the official release date. Check your local stores!
6-15-09: This Wicked World is now shipping from Amazon for those who pre-ordered.
6-11-09: Here is a video
of Richard at Etonnants Voyageurs, on a panel with his lovely
interpreter, Dominique; Eric Miles Williamson; and Pascal Garnier. Press
the "play" button and wait a few seconds for the video to load.
6-10-09: Ahoy, San Diego: Richard will be reading at Mysterious Galaxy
Books at 2pm on Sunday, August 9. Also, he just received his first
copies of This Wicked World, and the book looks great!
6-09-09: For those who can read French, here's the Dead Boys review from Les Echos. Also, all you international fashionistas can check Richard out in this month's French Elle.
6-04-09: This Wicked World makes the L.A. Times' summer reading list.
6-03-09: Clayton Moore does a great writeup of This Wicked World at Bookslut.
6-03-09: News Flash -- This Wicked World has sold in France (to Albin Michel) and Italy (to Einaudi).
6-03-09: Richard is back from France where he was doing publicity for the French version of Dead Boys
and attending Etonnants Voyageurs, a literary festival in St.-Malo. The
book is getting great reviews in France, including a rave in Telerama.
6-03-09: The L.A. Weekly has an interview with Richard and the prologue to This Wicked World.
5-13-09: Another Paris appearance: May 28 at Millepages in Vincennes, with Madison Smartt Bell. Call for time.
5-11-09: Mark your calendar: Richard will be reading at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park on Saturday, August 1.
5-10-09: If you're in Paris on May 27, Richard will be reading at the Village Voice Bookstore with Kevin Patterson.
5-07-09: Nice Wicked World shout-out from Gillian Flynn in USA Today. Buy all of her books!
5-04-09: The Kirkus review is in, and it's a good one.
5-01-09: Richard will be reading at Skylight Books in L.A. on Friday, July 10.
4-27-09: Publishers Weekly loves This Wicked World!
4-20-09: The L.A. Weekly's L.A. Weekend
is now free to all comers, so come on down and see Richard, Jerry Stahl
and Patrick DeWitt on Saturday, April 25, at 3pm, at the Montalban
Theater in Hollywood. There are also all kinds of other events
4-14-09: Richard will be on a panel with Jerry Stahl and Patrick DeWitt
as part of the L.A. Weekly's L.A. Weekend. It all goes down Saturday,
April 25, at 3pm, at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Tickets are
4-09-09: Nice writeup of Richard on Bang!, Clayton Moore's excellent blog.
4-08-09: Richard has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
4-07-09: Here are a couple of blurbs for This Wicked World:
"The down-and-dirty events and street talk in this debut crime novel
reminds me of a young James Ellroy, and like Ellroy, Richard Lange can
really write." —Joseph Wambaugh, author of Hollywood Crows and Hollywood Station
"This Wicked World reads like George Pelecanos transplanted to the
gritty, fast-moving streets of Los Angeles. This superb debut
establishes Richard Lange as a writer to watch.” —Alafair Burke, author
of Angel’s Tip and Close Case
3-17-09: This Wicked World is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
3-11-09: There's a new interview with Richard in The Southeast Review.
2-10-09: When it rains, it pours. First off, Dead Boys
is coming out in France in May from Albin Michel. And second, Richard has been invited to participate in the Etonnants Voyageurs literary festival in Saint Malo, France at the end of May. Unbelievable!
2-06-09: Galleys for This Wicked World have arrived at Little, Brown and will now go out to reviewers and blurbers. Thus, it begins....
1-13-09: The manuscript for This Wicked World has officially been
turned over to Little, Brown, and galleys should be available in early
February. (Deep sigh of relief.) Also, the Word Theatre event Sunday
night was fantastic. Kevin Weisman gave a great reading of the first
chapter of World. Richard was truly in awe.
1-02-09: On January 11, as part of Word Theatre's fifth annual "Novel and Memoir Beginnings" event, the actor Kevin Weisman (Marshall on Alias) will read the first chapter of Richard's upcoming novel, This Wicked World.
The reading takes place in Hollywood at M Bar, 1253 North Vine (SW
corner of Vine and Fountain). Doors open at 6:30, curtain is at 7:30.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Lots of other actors will
be reading from lots of other great books. Don't miss it!
12-22-08: Copies of the Southern California Review containing Richard's story "Sweet Nothing" are now available.
12-07-08: On Friday Dec. 19 Richard will be reading at The Spot in Culver City as part of Southern California Review Night.
David Francis, Stacia Saint Owens, Ruben Quesada and Stephen Silke will
also be appearing. The Spot is at 4455 Overland Ave., and the readings
run from 7:30-9:30. Copies of the Southern California Review containing Richard's new story, "Sweet Nothing," will be on sale for $10.
12-03-08: A little Dead Boys love from Todd Zuniga at Flavorwire.
11-26-08: Richard will be reading at Stories, a new bookstore in Echo
Park, on Friday, Dec. 5. The party starts at 7pm, and Richard will go on
about 8. Neighborhood bar crawl to follow. Also, Richard has a story,
"Sweet Nothing," in the new Southern California Review, which comes out Dec. 19.
11-16-08: What do you know, Richard was right about the New York Times.
11-12-08: Checkity check it: Richard predicts that Dead Boys will get a mention in this weekend's New York Times Book Review's "Paperback Row."
11-10-08: Here's some Dead Boys paperback love from Cleveland.
11-01-08: A reminder to those in the Portland, OR area that Richard will
be reading at Wordstock next weekend, at 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 8. Come
get a book signed and say hello.
10-07-08: Richard approved the cover art for his novel, This Wicked World, which will be out in June 2009. It's now displayed on this page.
10-01-08: Another Italian review of Dead Boys.
9-20-08: Richard will be reading in Portland, OR at Wordstock '08. He
goes on at 4pm on Saturday, November 8. Also, he has been working with
the translator on the French version of Dead Boys.
9-16-08: The paperback edition of Dead Boys is now available from
Amazon and should start showing up in stores this week. It contains a
brand-new Reading Group Guide with an interview with Richard, a
"playlist" for the book and other cool stuff. Check it out.
9-11-08: Another Italian review of Dead Boys.
9-03-08: Something on Dead Boys in the Philadelphia Weekly.
8-09-08: Anybody read Italian? People writing about the Italian edition of Dead Boys here and here.
7-07-08: Dead Boys is a finalist for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.
6-19-08: There's a blurb about Dead Boys in the O.C. Weekly.
5-26-08: Richard traveled to New York to pick up his award from the
American Academy of Arts and Letters. The luncheon and ceremony were
fantastic, and Richard was thisclose to many of his heroes. Below is a
shot of him with William Vollmann to prove that he was really there.
5-08-08: The Italian edition of Dead Boys (Come Morti) is out from Einaudi.
5-06-08: Here's some footage of Richard and a few other authors spouting off at the L.A. Times Festival of Books.
4-25-08: Just a reminder about the panel Richard is on at the L.A. Times
Festival of Books this weekend at UCLA. It's called "L.A. Fiction: City
of Neighborhoods" and takes place Saturday, April 26, at noon in the
Fowler Museum Lenart Auditorium. Drop by and say hey if you're
3-24-08: Richard will be participating in this year's Los Angeles Times
Festival of Books at UCLA. He's on a panel called "L.A. Fiction: City of
Neighborhoods," which takes place Saturday, April 26, at noon in the
Fowler Museum Lenart Auditorium. Get there early, because the panel
before Richard's in the same venue is also a goodie, featuring Richard
Price, Janet Fitch, Scott Simon and Charles Bock.
3-20-08: Richard is this year's recipient of the Rosenthal Family
Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and
Letters. Check out the winners of all the academy's literature award
winners here. It's a great honor, and Richard will be traveling to New York at the end of May to attend the ceremony.
2-18-08: On Sunday, March 2, at 6pm, Richard will be doing a brief
reading at a benefit for the Edendale Library, his local branch. It's
part of a big event that includes wine tasting, music from Bobby Matos,
and readings from other authors. The shindig takes place at the Echoplex
in Echo Park.
1-24-08: Dead Boys tops the year-end list at junejulyblue.
1-03-08: Dead Boys tops the year-end list at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and is No. 3 at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The book also made the list at I Will Dare.
12-27-07: Dead Boys makes the year-end list at the Omaha World-Herald and Clayton Moore's blog, Bang! The book also got a nice, long review at Metapsychology Online Reviews.
12-21-07: Great piece in the Inland Empire Weekly, and Dead Boys makes the Notable Books list at the San Francisco Chronicle.
12-20-07: Nice mention in Poets & Writers.
12-17-07: Janet Fitch chooses Dead Boys as her favorite book of the year at E! Online.
12-14-07: Richard's list of favorite books is up at The Millions. Also, Dead Boys makes George Pelecanos' list at the Crime Fiction Dossier. And stop by Chevalier's Books tomorrow, if you're in the nieghborhood. Richard will be signing books from 2-4pm.
12-13-07: Another Best Books of the Year list: the Vancouver Sun.
12-12-07: Dead Boys makes a couple more year-end lists: Baby Got Books' and Tod Goldberg's. Also, Richard's Italian translator has been in touch, and work has begun on the Italian edition of Dead Boys.
12-11-07: Richard will be signing books this Saturday at Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont, Los Angeles, CA, from 2-4pm.
12-03-07: Dead Boys is reviewed in The Rogue Voice.
11-28-07: Dead Boys is one of the Rocky Mountain News' 50 Favorite Books of the Year. Also, the story "Dead Boys" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Opium magazine.
11-09-07: Part two of the Baby Got Books interview is up.
11-08-07: Part one of an interview with Richard is up at Baby Got Books. Also, the great George Pelecanos gives Dead Boys a nice shout-out at Spinetingler Magazine.
11-07-07: PopMatters reviews Dead Boys.
10-29-07: There's an interview with Richard at Slushpile. Also pick up the new issue of Opium magazine, which features the story "Dead Boys" and lots of other interesting stuff.
10-27-07: Dead Boys is a Pick of the Week at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.
10-15-07: The reading at Metropolis went great. Richard's friends, old
and new, turned out in force. There's a new interview up, at Things I'd Rather Be Doing. Check it out.
10-10-07: Come see Richard read tomorrow night at Metropolis Books downtown.
10-04-07: A reminder that, one week from today (Thursday, Oct. 11), Richard will be reading at Metropolis Books in downtown Los Angeles. The reading will take place at 7pm, during the
monthly Art Walk, when all the galleries stay open late. Grab some
friends, come down and hear Richard read, and look at some art.
Metropolis is located at 440 S. Main Street.
10-01-07: There's a nice writeup of Dead Boys at E! Online.
9-09-07: The reading at Skylight was swell. The party afterward, even
sweller. For those of you who couldn't make it, or who want to see
Richard read again, he will be doing his Don Knotts "Shakiest Reader in
the West" thing at Metropolis Books in downtown L.A. on Thursday,
October 11, at 7pm, during the monthly Artwalk. Also, the New York Times Book Review has a great review of Dead Boys this week. The New York fucking Times!
9-07-07: Richard is reading tonight at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. Be there or be square.
9-02-07: Nice piece in the the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today.
8-28-07: A nice, long review appeared on the Compulsive Reader website.
8-27-07: There was a review in the Omaha World-Herald, and Steve
Salardino of Skylight Books, where Richard will be reading on Friday,
Sept. 7, did a nice writeup about the book on the store's blog.
8-25-07: The Rocky Mountain News ran a great piece on Dead Boys, by Clayton Moore. Also, check out Moore's blog, Bang!
8-20-07: The San Francisco Chronicle ran a great review today.
8-19-07: Check out the review in the Free Lance-Star out of Fredericksburg, VA.
8-17-07: The L.A. Times has weighed in on Dead Boys.
8-16-07: A few more reviews have come out: a great one in Time Out New York, another in the Marshfield, Wisconsin News-Herald, and one in the Velocity Weekly in Louisville, KY.
8-13-07: FiveChapters is serializing "The Hero Shot" from Dead Boys all this week.
8-11-07: Richard was asked by Writers Read to write about the books he is currently reading. Check it out.
8-10-07: The Entertainment Weekly review is out, and it's great:
"'I haven't read a book in years,' reflects one of the bitter dudes in
Lange's gutsy new collection. 'I stopped because no one was writing
about me.' Now someone has. In these potent tales, unhappy males hang on
to dismal jobs in cubicles, kill time in seedy doughnut shops, and
cling to pathetic dreams of escape. The only beauty to be found in this
grim volume is Lange's extraordinary craftmanship." A-. Can't beat that!
8-09-07: Richard has been getting reports from across the country of
sightings of the book in various bookstores, so go out and get yourself
one. He also did a thing for Largehearted Boy where he picked out a song to go with each story in the book. Check it out.
8-01-07: Looks like the book is shipping early from Amazon. Those who
pre-ordered should get it by Friday. It might also start showing up in
bookstores soon. Wow!
7-27-07: Richard received his first two copies of the finished book
yesterday. Very exciting. Looks like it's really going to be published!
7-14-07: Two new reviews, from this month's Details and Los Angeles magazines:
Los Angeles: "Noir heroes tend to come in two categories:
hard-boiled guys tougher than we could ever be, or shell-shocked joes
who, when times get tough, 'man up.' L.A. author Richard Lange noodles
with the genre in his short story collection Dead Boys. In one
story, a cuckold in Culver City kidnaps his lover's son, who goes
happily with him. In another, a a widower tries to seduce an underage
speed freak so that his wife's ghost will kill him. The protagonists we
think are the joes are actually the tough guys, or at least not as
gooey-centered as we had initially thought." --Robert Ito
Details: "Lange brings Raymond Carver's minimalism to the
back alley with tales of California drifters, salesmen and bank robbers.
Violence and crime are never far away, though Dead Boys focuses not on the perfect heist but on the emotional wreckage it can leave behind." --Timothy Hodler
7-09-07: Clayton Moore has written a great piece about Dead Boys for Bookslut.
6-26-07: Here's the starred review from Kirkus: "A debut story collection about Los Angeles’s various hopeless classes.
"An alcoholic is haunted by the wife who killed herself and their
daughter in 'Love Lifted Me.' A failed actor moves back to his mother’s
house in 'The Hero Shot.' Insanity overwhelms a stalker in 'Everything
Beautiful is Far Away.' And, in the title story, a moderately successful
and deeply numb office dweller jerks back to life. Like the rest of
Lange’s protagonists, these men are misfits, screw-ups and sociopaths,
and these stories capture them at the moment when their brittle,
circumscribed lives finally shatter. The one exception is 'Bank of
America,' which depicts a sublimely average family man looking forward
to relaxing after he completes his final heist. This superbly crafted
tale was chosen for The Best American Mystery Stories 2004, and,
in its current company, it presents the reader with a pleasing irony:
The gun-toting bank robber is the most gentle, least violent character
in the collection. That Lange is equally adept at creating lowlifes,
nice guys and all the men who fall somewhere in between says a great
deal about his abilities and his style. He provides his vividly real
characters with a space in which they can finally release all the
emotions—the rage, the longing, the bewilderment—that they work so hard
to suppress, and he compels his creations to a level of honesty they’ve
evaded with drugs, alcohol and paranoid delusions. Even when this
release is self-destructive, it’s also a kind of grace. The men who
people this collection may engage in macho posturing, but their author
"Superlative short fiction, and an arresting debut."
6-22-07: Here's the review in the August issue of Men's Health:
"This stark collection of short stories is essential reading for any fan
of gritty, macho, West Coast noir. It's the stuff of wayward
deliverymen and hard-up strippers, something you'd see in a Tarantino
film or a bad dream."
6-05-07: Here's what Booklist had to say about Dead Boys:
"In the dozen heartbreaking stories collected here, Lange homes in on a
group of twentysomething slackers living in the markedly less-prosperous
suburbs of L.A. These bereft young men don’t seem to suffer so much
from a lack of ambition as from a surfeit of emotion. Frayed nerves and
broken hearts have kept them from realizing even the smallest of dreams;
they’re always 'between jobs or between marriages, between runs of good
luck.' In the title story, the nameless narrator is beset by a host of
worries—he thinks his wife is having an affair and that one of his
office colleagues is about to commit suicide. Little wonder, then, that
he can barely keep his mind on his job—pushing a new brand of yogurt.
The yawning divide between his sterile work environment and his chaotic
emotions prompts him to remark, 'I’m full to bursting and empty at the
same time.' Lange’s slice-of-life scenarios, emotionally wrecked
characters, and piercingly funny dialogue make for a powerful
combination that recalls the work of Thomas McGuane and Denis Johnson." —
5-31-07: Here's an excellent review of Dead Boys from Bookforum.
5-29-07: Dead Boys appears on the San Francisco Chronicle's guide to "Simmering Summer Reading." Also, here's a link to something Richard wrote for the Hachette website.
5-27-07: Clayton Moore, also had some nice things to say about Dead Boys on his blog, Bang!.
5-12-07: See what Publishers Weekly had to say about Dead Boys.
5-09-07: It's official: Richard will be reading at Skylight Books in Los
Feliz at 7:30 on Friday, September 7. Also, his editor loved the first
six chapters of the novel, which means he gets to keep being a full-time
writer for a while longer, which means hip hip hooray! Also, if you
can't wait for the book to come out, a couple of people are selling
galleys at ABE Books.
5-04-07: The French rights to Dead Boys have sold to Albin Michel.
4-17-07: Richard's friend Pam Sellers has created a Wikipedia entry for him. Check it out.
4-09-07: Here's a review of Dead Boys on Ain't It Cool.
4-06-07: Also, buy Mr. Doerr's books:
"Welcome to Richard Lange's Los Angeles: 7-Elevens, bank branches,
donut shops, Hollywood yearning, all of it somehow both monstrous and
eerily beautiful. His narrators tear themselves apart with fear and
longing, and yet something visionary and sparkling and deeply human runs
through each of them. These are searing, ferocious, terrific stories."
-- Anthony Doerr
3-21-07: Again, buy these people's books:
"Once per decade a first book of short stories arrives that blows everything out of the water. Dead Boys
is that book. The characters are fiercely rooted in a Los Angeles that
few people know about. They face desperate situations in which the best
option is often a wrong turn that leads to another. Richard Lange has
the courage and skill to depict those moments without judgment or
apology. Every story is solid--bold, lyric, honest--told with
compassion and wisdom. This book is great." -- Chris Offutt
"These twelve stories set in Los Angeles slice open the lives of
contemporary men the way a saw opens a geode. Inside, we find secret
hope and a yearning for tenderness in tectonic opposition to an innate
pessimism and the struggle to maintain self-respect. Profoundly
revealing, a rough-edged, dead-pan, haunting debut." -- Janet Fitch
3-15-07: Buy every book by every one of these great writers:
"Dead Boys is a great collection, let that be stated first.
Richard Lange knows about moral uncertainty, failure, heartache and the
constant yearning for redemption from the depths. He knows so much about
the varieties of anguish waiting for us all and the little victories
that sometimes see us through. His details of sadness, poverty, despair,
all convince, often related by a narrator who is at the very least a
bubble off plumb. This is simply masterful writing, tough and tender,
emotionally potent, and, best of all, fresh." -- Daniel Woodrell
"With the gritty stories in Dead Boys, Richard Lange breathes
new life into the mythology of Los Angeles. The stories are achingly
accurate and always telling of the hardscrabble lives caught on the grid
work of the big city sprawl. This is the work of a writer who has come
to know well the territory he is exploring." -- Michael Connelly
"Any writer who draws a gritty portrait of L.A. will inevitably be
compared to the great Nathanael West. Richard Lange is that rare author
who actually earns such an accolade. This is a fantastic collection of
stories: both heartfelt and unflinching. If you're an admirer of
Raymond Carver's writing--or Tobias Wolff's, or Denis Johnson's, or Joy
Williams's--I suspect you'll love Richard Lange's, too." -- Scott Smith
"Lange's stories are knockouts. Gritty, humane, and utterly urban. I can't wait to see what he does next." -- Alice Sebold
"The comparisons with Raymond Carver and Denis Johnson are apt.
Richard Lange's stories combine the truth-telling and immediacy of
Carver with the casual hip of Johnson. There is a potent artistic
sensibility at work here." -- T.C. Boyle
"Funny, tough and tragic, with earned humanity, street style, and a
shooter's eye for detail . . . a story collection to savor. Mr. Lange
has talent to burn." -- George Pelecanos
"Dead Boys by Richard Lange is the genuine article - great
stories - the stunning type of book you read more than once, that only
comes along a handful of times in your reading life. Gritty Los Angeles
is made alive and Lange doesn't blink at anything - he captures violence
and action and there are diamonds of dialogue and character in all of
these stories, like a beautiful shotgun pattern. The City of Angels has a
lot of hell in it and Richard Lange has handrawn us a map of the whole
thing." --Scott Wolven
3-06-07: Amazing blurbs are still coming in for Dead Boys. Right
now there's T.C. Boyle, George Pelecanos, Alice Sebold, Scott Wolven,
Scott Smith, Michael Connolly and Daniel Woodrell. Richard also did his
first interview, for Kirkus Review. It'll be online next month.
2-24-07: Dead Boys is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
1-25-07: The bound galleys for Dead Boys and chapbooks of "Bank
of America" are done. Richard has been in contact with his publicist at
LB, and the machine is gearing up to get the word out about the book.
The novel is now about half done.
1-8-07: The page proofs have arrived from LB and look great. Richard has
also approved the flap copy for the jacket. Next up is sending out
copies of the proofs to various authors in hopes of securing blurbs. The
wish list is long and varied.
12-2-06: The entire copyedited manuscript is back with Little, Brown,
and Richard expects to see galleys at the beginning of next year. The
Italian rights to the book have sold to Stile Libero, an imprint of
Einaudi based in Rome.
11-9-06: Richard returned the copyedited ms for "Bank of America," one of the stories in Dead Boys,
early at Little, Brown's request. They are going to create a chapbook
of the story to help generate interest in the collection.
10-17-06: The jacket design for Dead Boys has been approved and
is displayed on this page. Richard is very happy with it. He is now
reviewing the copyedited manuscript, which is the last step before page
proofs. The novel is now about a third done.
9-22-06: Richard has approved the internal design of the book and is now
waiting for the jacket design, which should be arriving soon.
8-30-06: Richard sent in two pics to Little Brown, and they are going to
use both for various publicity purposes. The one on this page, however,
is the jacket photo.
7-25-06: All edits are done on the manuscript. It took about three weeks
to get everything straight. The manuscript is being turned over to the
copyediting and design departments this week. They are also starting on
the jacket design. Richard saw the catalog copy for the book, which was
exciting. He is currently trying to get a decent photo of himself. The
book will now be released in August of '07, to allow more time to try
for reviews. It will consist of 12 stories, two of which have never been
published before. Work on the novel continues.
5-16-06: The first edits to the manuscript for Dead Boys have
arrived from Richard's editor at Little, Brown, Asya Muchnick. He's
taking a break from work on his novel to deal with them. He has also
secured the rights to a Neil Young lyric to use as the epigraph for Dead Boys.
4-1-06: Richard has officially begun work on his novel, which is due to Little, Brown in April '08.
2-10-06: Richard has signed a two-book deal with Little, Brown, Inc. His short-story collection Dead Boys will be out in Spring '07, and a novel will follow when he finds time to write it....
10-10-04: Richard's story "Bank of America" is included in Best American Mystery Stories 2004, in stores now.