Short, Sharp Interview: J R Lindermuth

SharesTheDarkness2PDB: Can you pitch SHARES THE DARKNESS in 25 words or less?

The murder of a former classmate opens personal wounds as Officer Flora Vastine observes the cost of obsessive love and tracks the killer.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows do you wish you had written?

In books, Silence of the Lambs. Film: either Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (love those caper films). TV, Homicide – Life on the Streets, David Simon‘s brilliant depiction of police work in Baltimore, Md. (Why aren’t the U.S. networks making more police procedural shows like this?). Music, dunno? Lots of good music in my lifetime and before.

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make great films or TV series?

Any of the Sticks Hetrick or Sheriff Tilghman series or Watch The Hour (But Follywood already did a film about the Molly Maguires and the plight of coal miners under the thumb of exploitive owners, so unlikely they’ll be inclined to do another).

PDB: Who are the great Ameican writers?

From the past: Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, among others. If I may be indulged, the best American crime writers from the past: Charles Willeford, Dashiell Hammet, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Ross MacDonald. Writers from the present: James Lee Burke, Harlan Coben, Jim Harrison, E. L. Doctorow, Amy Tann, Barbara Kingsolver.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

I’m not psychic enough to know, other than I hope to write many more books. Working simultaneously now on the 8th Sticks Hetrick and the 4th Sheriff Tilghman.

j r lindermuthPDB: Anything else?

A shout out for the latest in the Hetrick series, Shares The Darkness. Abbreviated blurb: Jan Kepler and Swatara Creek Police Officer Flora Vastine were neighbors and schoolmates, but never close.

When Jan, a school teacher, avid birder and niece of a fellow officer, goes missing and is found dead in a nearby tract of woods Flora finds herself thrust into the middle of an examination of the other woman’s life, as she searches for clues.

Bio: A native of Pennsylvania, USA, J. R. Lindermuth is a retired newspaper editor and the author of 14 published novels and a regional history. Shares The Darkness is the seventh in his Sticks Hetrick crime series.