EJ: The dumbing down of America leads to the end of days. Something about tiny fingers and a well-regulated militia.
PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written?
EJ: 4’33”. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The Social Network. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts. Veronica Mars. And far too many others for a short sharp interview. But if I’d written Lost, it wouldn’t have ended up shite.
PDB: Which of your books do you think would make good films or TV series?
EJ: Much of my crime fiction would make for decent movies. Burning Down the House is so episodic it could only ever work on TV.
PDB: Who are your favourite writers?
EJ: PG Wodehouse. Terry Pratchett. Iain (M) Banks. Martin Millar. Andrew Vachss. Lawrence Block. Donald Westlake. Nick Tosches. Agatha Christie. Me.
PDB: What’s your favourite joke?
EJ: Guns don’t kill people.
PDB: What’s your favourite song?
EJ: “Roadrunner” by the Modern Lovers
PDB: What’s on the cards?
EJ: The American electorate will save mankind, or not. Liverpool FC will fail heroically again. I will write some stupid good shit.
PDB: Anything else?
EJ: My partner in crime, Lucy Middlemass and I are launching a new publisher-y thing shortly. It will be called Furious. And we will do such things—what they are yet I know not—but they shall be the terrors of the earth.
Bio: I’ve done nothing. I’ve achieved nothing. I work for a firm but I want to burn it down.