Thursday, June 05, 2008

Field of Excellence

James O. Born

I had several posts planned for today. I have a funny “Application to date my daughter” someone sent me. I did a short piece on character actors that I wanted to put up today. I could have even talked about the Mystery Florida conference I’m attending this weekend in Sarasota. It’s always great fun and this year Michael Connelly is the key note speaker. I’m a big fan of Mr. Connelly’s books. For the record and ethically, I should mention that he’s also a friend of mine but that in no way diminishes the respect in which I hold him as a writer. I’ve said many times that Echo Park is the finest police thriller ever written. I mean that as a reader, a writer and a cop.

So that all leads me to today’s post. It came to me in an instant on Sunday morning when I started reading our local newspaper, the Palm Beach Post. I like the paper and several of the reporters and editors are friends of mine. It covers local news well and I like the Arts and Entertainment section. That’s where I used to go on Sundays to read the book page, edited by Scott Eyman. But this Sunday was different. The book page had been reduced, big surprised, and now wedged into the opinion section of the paper.

But one piece in the section relieved my anxiety about the change. A new little feature called On My Nightstand which this week featured “crime novelist” Michael Connelly. Under a subsection titled: Book I’ve recommended most in the last year: “I can’t say enough about A Field Of Darkness by Cornelia Read, It is her first novel and came out a couple of years ago, and I have been recommending it ever since.”

Wow. Now that’s praise. And I agree.

The page is in the mail to you now, Cornelia.


  1. Wow! Thank you so so so much for posting this, Jim. It's 4:30 a.m. here, and now you've made me really happy I got up this early, which is not something I would have thought possible.

  2. And well deserved praise. Way to go, Cornelia!

  3. Wow! Now, *that* is an honor. Congratulations, Cornelia!

  4. I agree with all the good things and more...

  5. All I can say: Michael Connelly has excellent taste.

    On Jim Born's nightstand: Glock .40 caliber handgun; Soldier of Fortune magazine; Playboy Swimsuit issue.

  6. I live in West Palm Beach and read the PB Post. I HATE the new format of mixing the Accent and Arts & Entertainment sections. I so looked forward to Sunday mornings and the book reviews. Can't you shoot somebody, Jim?

  7. Yayyyy, Miss C.!!! I think A Field of Darkness is a damn fine read, too. He has good taste. :-D

    Just found Patty's latest "Cool Cache" at last on the bookshelves of the local super-book-store and found out that it's about chocolate! Yay, another excuse to read. :-D But damned if I didn't miss the one before it, "Short Change". I can't believe that a year has gone by so fast, and that I missed out buying books. Urk.