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Announcement coming today from Karen Berger Books at Dark Horse

GET JIRO!: BLOOD AND SUSHI is out. Art by Ale Garza.

Film rights to Get Jiro! optioned by Warner Brothers

What's the status of your new book?

There is a chance of a movie being made. It's being talked about. But as far as Tony taking a starring turn, we'll have to see. Not sure he's up to the technical challenge of it. -- JR

What is the chance of Get Jiro being made into a movie. Will Bourdain star as Jiro?

Get Jiro! Just saw an advanced copy. Loved it.

Loved the Blackest Bird. Was hoping to see Olga get into the detective act with her father as "consultant" - but alas, nevermore. Olga and her dad were a great team! Perhaps another one. Love to read about early NYC, too. Any chance??? Alys

Hey who ever is the one who wrote earlier that said how did Mr. Rose get published is probably a pissed off wannabe writer whos stuff will only be seen when he is tearing down others is a pretty poor excuse of an opinion and writer.

I really enjoyed The Blackest Bird, however, I was disappointed with the ending. Although I understand why you ended it this way, I would have loved to have seen Hays as a character again. Maybe you could write a prequel to this?

Andrew, you might as well have been sitting at my side while I finished up the writing of The Blackest Bird. I wrestled with all the points that you posed. I meant the presence of the Colt revolvers to offer Hays the possibility of successfully defending himself against the assassins and, thus, save himself and Olga, too. It killed me to kill him. But because Samuel Colt's involvement never came to light in history I hesitated to award Hays the victory. My publisher suggested a much bigger, Hollywood style ending, but I was reluctant for that, too. I thought if Hays was to survive, or if Olga was to survive, then the truth of the death of Mary Rogers would have surely come to light in history, and I wanted to stay plausible. I so much wanted to give myself the opportunity to resurrect Old Hays in a sequel because he was such a satisfying presence to imagine and write. When the book was much larger Hays was meant to be Jewish. He purportedly hid his Jewishness during the course of his life and did in actuality attend the Scots church, but this was one of the many threads I was forced to abandon due to the sheer size of the manuscript. That said, I still wanted to keep the sense of Hays' ethnicity, however. His favorite foods that Olga cooks for him, his appearance, etc. all point to his heritage in my mind. There was no real proof that Samuel Colt was ever involved with Mary Rogers, although I think I read a mention of a possible link between the Colts and Mary in The Mysterious Death of Mary Rogers: Sex and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York (Studies in the History of Sexuality) by Amy Gilman Srebnick. The fact that Samuel Colt died of syphilis gave me the inroad for my thinking.

The Blackest Bird thoroughly engrossed me, though I felt let down at the end because of what appears to be the fate of Jacob Hays and his daughter. I know there was finality in your writing that the Armagnac would be the last each of them would pour (or drink), just before Olga leaves the house, and the residence door is opened too soon for it to be Olga returned. But there are still the Colt pistols within Jacob's reach. Mightn't he have used them to save his life, and then Olga's, so that you could write a sequel? Also, I recall a character's description of Hays as having a face or countenacne that was "Semitic." Was Hays meant to be Jewish in any way? Lastly, in your Notes and Ackknowledgments, you say that "there is no proof that Colonel Colt was ever involved in the murder of Mary Rogers, or even that he knew her." If not proof, is there any connection whatsoever between Samuel Colt and the murder, even something unsubstantiated, that you came across in your research? I ask because the most frightening part of the book, to me, is the terrible abuse of power that kept the facts buried for so long, and, with Hays' fate, possiblly forever. Anyway, thanks for some of the best hours of reading I have had in a long time. Andrew Barovick

Hey, you're not the first one. I hope it burned well.

How in the world did you EVER get published? I just threw your piece of shit book, KILL KILL, into the fireplace.


Kill Kill Faster Faster this evening won Best Film in the category of International Features at the London Independent Film Festival. Congratulations to Gareth Roberts, the film's director, and the rest of the cast and crew.

What does Heath Ledger have to do with it? Just interested.

In light of the recent death of Heath Ledger, what exactly is the value and purpose of films like "BLACK LUST" and "Kill Kill Faster Faster"? I don't believe we the people needed a darker retelling of the Batman saga. I pity the poor souls who will have to answer for the creation of such rubbish.

Bill, I first came across Old Hays in an article in the Police Gazette. Eventually, I put him at the center of The Blackest Bird and imagined a daughter for him, Mary Olga, drawing largely on my own daughter and our relationship. The original piece that drew my attention appeared in 1845 and was called "The Publican, The Pewterer, and the Pugilist: An Astounding Case of Mistaken Identity." The article is part of a compilation called "Sins of New York" edited by Edward Van Every, published in 1930.

My great,great Grandfather was Jacob Hayes. I know a little about him but would like to know more. I know he was the High Constable of the New York from 1800 to 1850. My mother saw his portrait on a visit to your city, years ago and wrote, "He looks just like daddy." What is the best source? Was he part of the first Tammany Hall that helped get Jefferson elected? I worked on "Gangs of New York" but never told Marty about the family connection. bill@wiredbay.com

I love your work. Have read every book!

I'm working on another historical novel, this one about Buffalo Bill Cody and the dime novelist Ned Buntline, and their year on the road with Buntline's play, Scouts of the Prairie. JR

Loved the blackest bird. What is next?

Selected Works

Graphic Novel
In a future LA ruled by culinary warlords, two sides will battle to the bitter end to... GET JIRO! A ruthless master chef with ideas of his own!
"A thrilling new whodunnit. New York's answer to the Jack the Ripper murders."
--Independent on Sunday
“A modern urban masterpiece.”
--Irvine Welsh
“Sharp, savage and extremely well written.”
--New York Times
Urban Historical
"A novelist's touches bring history to life."
--USA Today
Graphic Novels
"The writing is crisp, the art grim. What a movie this would make!"
-- Flux Magazine
"This pioneering graphic novel mystery blends hard-boiled genre conventions with punk and transgressive aesthetics, resulting in a lost classic of the 1990s."
--Borderland Speakeasy #14: The No Wave Noir of La Pacifica
"Learn about lots of really nasty people that you've probably never heard of."
--Bryan Shultz
DC Comics' Award-Winning Factoid Book
Short Story Anthologies
"Violent. Sexy....Plenty that readers will admire."
--Library Journal
"Not your ordinary love stories."
--Publisher's Weekly