Posts Tagged ‘Elmore Leonard’

Malaysia’s The Sun: Christy ‘Champion of the Reptile World’

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

What a generous title!  S. Indra Sathiabalan of The Sun and I sat down at a Starbuck’s in Kuala Lumpur for this interview.  Indra brought to our talk a sincere reading of the book and it was a great pleasure spending some time together.  I might quibble with some edges (and the photo–if I’m going to look like that anyway I ought to drink more whisky at breakfast) but I couldn’t be prouder that the book evokes comparison to Elmore Leonard all the way around the world and resonates with Malaysians who want to clean up the wildlife trade in their country.  Here is the story as it ran in hard copy:   champion-of-reptile-world and below sans photos (a technological glitch–really.).

Champion of reptile world

Bryan Christy weaves an interesting story about reptile smugglers and the dedicated law enforcement officers who go after them

By: S. Indra Sathiabalan (Wed, 28 Jan 2009)
has a funny way of coming full circle. As a young boy living in southern New Jersey, Bryan Christy had a fascination for reptiles. In fact, bringing a five-foot long King snake to school made him the most popular boy around.

Who knew that this childhood fascination would eventually lead him to write his first book, The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers.

Christy has previously worked as a morticians’ apprentice (his family business) and then later as a lawyer. He then started writing articles for Playboy Magazine and National Geographic. It was while researching for The Lizard King that Christy decided to give up his career as a lawyer and concentrate full-time as a writer. (more…)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “Christy tells the story masterfully, with a novelist’s control and sense of scene.”

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

David Fleshler (if there’s a better name for a reviewer of this book I don’t know it) gives an exciting review of TLK today, including another favorable comparison to the writing of Elmore Leonard.  I heard Leonard speak once and was taken with his rifle barrel approach to story.  Simple and straight, a bullet in one end and out the other.  It’s the same way my Dad used to tell stories, and my Irish grandfather.  Fleshler writes with a similar no bullshit street-edge that makes the review fun to read.  I like the phrase ‘bureaucratic heroism’…  (more…)