I’m just doing a lot of new things today, ain’t I?
This is, as the title says, an introduction to Jimmy Callaway’s love letter to yours truly.
We have no plans to get married just yet.
Both Eric Beetner and Jimmy have been urging me to do something more than just the one-off with whatever that Deaf Guy’s name is and I can assure you that something will be happening. What it is ain’t exactly clear. (Buffalo Springfield, eat your heart out!)
In the meantime, Jimmy has taken it upon himself to do exactly what he threatened and has written a story starring the Deaf Guy (still haven’t quite caught his name).
The cool thing about Jimmy’s story (and all of Jimmy’s stories are cool) is that he took just one of the remaining senses that our hero has, that of sight, and has run with it.
As I told Jimmy (after his story came in), the key to this character is that you incorporate as many of his remaining senses as possible. I sort of, unconsciously, did this in my story REVERBERATIONS, with only the sense of touch or feel put in intentionally.
Jimmy, however, proved me wrong with CLOSED CAPTIONED, focusing purely, as I said, on the sense of sight.
And, as serious as he was in REVERBERATIONS, our hero (goddamn, he’s going to tell me his name or so help me...) shows a lighter side in CC, even while doing what he does best.
I bow to the genius that is Mr. Callaway.
Irish Times Crime Fiction column, February 2018
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