April 10, 9.47am
A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to interview Carl Hiaasen for the Financial Times. One of the most memorable elements of a long and winding discussion was his concern that one of the biggest dangers for writers of his ilk was however absurd and fantastical his plots, however grotesque his characters, they would always be trumped by reality.
I remembered this conversation this morning when I was woken by the radio at 6am with the alarming news that George W Bush might consider it his "messianic" mission to implement regime change in Iran, possibly using tactical nuclear strikes. Does he not have enough on his plate next door? Who is giving this man advice?
Truth might well be stranger than fiction, but I have to say, when that's the first item on the news agenda, I'll stick with fiction, it's a good deal less scary.
Started the new JLB this morning. Forty pages in, I'm already hooked. As with Crusader's Cross, Dave Robicheaux is delving into his troubled, drink-ridden past. Will post a full review when through.
Cross Bones (p198)
Pegasus Descending (p47)