Author Gerald Duff joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his book, the witty and richly evocative, MEMPHIS RIBS.
Gerald shares the back story of his two primary characters, J.W. Ragsdale and Tyrone Walker
Gerald quotes and often used phrase that helps to explain the setting for his book. “Memphis is based on booze, blues and barbecue.”
A quick discussion of barbeque in general and what makes the Memphis variety so good.
Gerald has always been a big fan of dialogue in fiction. He explains his process for writing the kind of sharp dialog found in Memphis Ribs.
Gerald explains why his published books list is so broad. As an example, his next book is about Custer’s Last Stand. (You can find more info on the book at Gerald’s website – link below)
From the Publisher:
It’s May in Memphis, and four bloody murders occur on the eve of the International BBQ Contest and the Cotton Carnival: a conventioneer is stabbed at an ATM machine, a gang leader and his girlfriend are executed, and a wealthy local businessman is killed in his own home while his bodyguard is napping outside the door. It’s up to homicide detective J.W. Ragsdale to solve these seemingly unconnected crimes without scaring away the tourists who are arriving in droves. That’s not going to be easy. Ragsdale’s investigation pits him against a crack-dealing gang in the midst of a bloody drug war, a Memphis BBQ king struggling to hold on to his crumbling empire, a shotgun-wielding assassin, an East Coast mobster with a taste for BBQ and the blues, and the newly crowned Maid of Cotton, who will do anything to keep her tiara.
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Gerald’s Website www.geraldduff.com