Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What (Historical Fiction) Are You Reading?

I have always loved history, to the point that it became my college major. Given this bent, I suppose it's not surprising that I chose to write historical fiction, albeit in the murder mystery genre.

My Steve "Snap" Malek books from Echelon Press are set in the Chicago of the 1930s and '40s--hardly ancient history, but history nonetheless. My own fiction reading has included the historical novels of several authors, including E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate," "World's Fair") and Max Allan Collins ("True Detective," "Stolen Away" and "Black Hats" among others). I like the way these writers intertwine historical and fictional characters and events in their work, and I have aimed to do the same in my Malek books, infusing the stories with major historical events and real people who were part of Chicago's rich past.

What historical novels, mystery or otherwise, do you recommend? I would like to hear your choices, and for the individual who writes the most compelling short review (75 words or less), I'll send you a copy of my first Snap Malek novel, "Three Strikes You're Dead," set in Chicago in 1938. Let me hear from you!

Robert Goldsborough

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