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    Publishing: Tight Shot, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Its sequel, Hot Shot, was roundly ignored by everyone, but was a far better book. I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

    Stage: I was a member of the Groundlings and Circle Repertory West in Los Angeles, and am a playwright (see "Stage" in the right-hand rail).

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September 17, 2008

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Michael H.

Kevin,

Great review. I'm also in exile from Katrina, in the D.C. area. Your review has convinced me to go out and buy the book. Especially evocative is the next-to-last graf:

"But Craig and SJ, different as they are, have one thing in common: They're stuck in place, unable to move on from New Orleans, unable to move back. For them, Chicago and Houston are mental dislocations as much as physical ones. That feeling of rootlessness is the central theme of "City of Refuge," and for anyone whose life has been upended by natural disaster, the novel's sense of being out of place will resonate just as loudly as it did in 'Why New Orleans Matters.''"

Yeah, Kevin. It resonates - loudly.
Thanks,
Michael

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