Our last names both start with Z making David Zeltserman and I
So with that, I give you Dave Zeltserman:
I recently had a book event at one of my favorite bookstores, Back Page Books in Waltham MA, and when the bookstore owner, Alex Green, introduced me, he talked about how all my books are written in different genres, or at least different subgenres. I hadn’t really thought of that before, but he’s right. My first novel, Fast Lane, is both a full out psycho noir in the Jim Thompson tradition and also a deconstruction of the hardboiled PI genre, Bad Thoughts is a crime/horror hybrid masquerading initially as a police procedural, Small Crimes is a modern crime noir thriller, Pariah is part mob novel and part satirical look at our celebrity obsessed culture, Killer is a mix of existential and literary crime novel, The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a modern horror novel as well a parable, Outsourced is a heist novel, and my award-winning Julius Katz stories are lighthearted, charming mysteries. I didn’t set out to write all these different subgenres, but I guess I’ve always been more interested in the stories I’m writing than what genre I’m working in. And with my two StoneGate Ink e-books, Dying Memories and Bad Karma, I’m adding two more subgenres to my repertoire, with Dying Memories being a thriller and Bad Karma a hardboiled PI novel with new age sensibilities.
Dying Memories starts with a woman shooting a man to death on a busy Boston street. When
Bad Karma is a sequel to Bad Thoughts, but it’s both a different style and genre of book. Bad Thoughts is a grim mix of horror and crime, and with the hell I put my hero, Bill Shannon, through in the first book, I wanted to give him a chance to have a more normal existence, and so I wrote Bad Karma, and I moved the action from Boston, MA to Boulder, Colorado. The book takes place five years after the horrendous events Bill survived in the first book, and finds Bill working part time as a PI, as well as also doing what he has to heal himself emotionally. Keeping in the spirit of Bad Thoughts, there are both metaphysical and new age aspects to Bad Karma, but the book is clearly in the hardboiled PI camp, and when Bill takes a case to look into the murder of two college students, he soon finds himself mixed up with deadly yoga studios, a deviant guru, Russian mobsters, and much more.
The one thing these two books have in common is they both feature likable heroes named Bill. I don’t know why that is, but I guess if you encounter a character named Bill in one of my books, the odds are he’s the good guy!For more on Dave go to: