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Paul_Hochman
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Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Charles' amazing book, Songs of Innocence won this year's Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original. Read an excerpt.
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TravisLeamons
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Re: Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Wait a minute. You mean to say Charles Ardai and Richard Aleas are the same person?!

 

 

NO WAY!!!!!

 

 

Of course, I'm only kidding. But when he drops by Murder by the Book in Houston in January, it will be interesting to see if he'll be Charles or Richard. Hmm, don't know how I could tell.

 

 

Congrats on winning a Shamus. 

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CharlesArdai
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Re: Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Thanks, guys.  It was very gratifying to win this award -- the Shamus was the very first mystery award I was ever nominated for back in 1993 and I've been hungering for one ever since.  (I lost that year, but at least I lost to the best: Lawrence Block.)

 

And when I come to Texas in January, I'll be coming as Charles -- but I'll gladly sign the Aleas books for anyone who'd like that...

 

--Charles


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DanaKing
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Re: Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Charles, I had hoped to meet you at Bouchercon, but never got a chance. Congratulations on the award. No one personifies the spirit of the crime fiction community better then you do. I sent a manuscript to Hard Case Crime a couple of years ago. I knew it wasn't quite in your wheelhouse, but thought it might be close enough if you were branching out in my direction. And I was about out of ideas of where to send the damn thing. You passed, but made a couple of nice comments about the book, and about my writing. Best of all, you suggested a couple of small houses that might be interested in such a story. That's the kind of "rising tide lifts all boats" attitude I saw at Bouchercon, but was lucky enough to experience first hand through you. (No, the book hasn't sold yet, but I have found an agent and we're working on it.) Congratualtions again, and thank you.
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CharlesArdai
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Re: Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Thanks, Dana!  I'm delighted to hear you landed an agent; I hope to see the book (or your next book -- I assume you're working on another...?) in stores sometime soon.

 

Best,

Charles


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-Ray
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Re: Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Congratulations on the Shamus Charles,

 

Songs of Innocence was a great read, and nice to see others agree. I am eagerly waiting for Fifty to One to come out later this year..

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RRebelo
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Re: Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Congratulations Charles, I truly enjoyed the book. I was a bit sad to see Blake go he was a truly enjoyable character. I Look forward to finishing Fifty to One this week.
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CharlesArdai
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Re: Congratulations Charles Ardai/Richard Aleas!

Thanks.  My guess is that FIFTY-TO-ONE is more in the spirit of your own work (at least judging by  the title of the film you're making now...).

 

--Charles


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