Each week the New York Time Book Review picks an author for a short interview in the feature "By the Book." Amazon informed me that I'm ranked # 3214 in the mystery category, so I think it's going to be a while until the Times gets to me. So herewith, an Interview with Harley Mazuk, author of White with Fish, Red with Murder, "The Tall Blonde with the Hot Boiler," and other short fiction.
What book is on your nightstand now?
The Best American Short Stories of the Century. I've been taking a class at Johns Hopkins and we're reading and discussing these—so far "Zelig" by Benjamin Rosenblatt, "Janus" by Ann Beattie, "Double Birthday," by Willa Cather, and "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. I often look at the stories in bed, so the book truly is on my nightstand. This week, I'm reading, "That Evening Sun Go Down," by William Faulkner. Re-reading it, actually. It's one of the few Faulkner works I feel comfortable saying, "I understand that."
To keep a hand in my genre, I'm reading (and sometimes re-reading) the Collected Short Stories of Raymond Chandler. Last night I was reading "Blackmailers Don't Shoot," his first story. Had I been the editor of Black Mask, I don't think I would have bought this one.
What's on your nightstand now?