Chris Jordan is a pen name of Rodman Philbrick. He grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel and then selected his Brothers & Sinners as Best Novel in 1993. His recent novels include Dark Matter, Coffins, and Taken. He and his wife divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys. Below is a Q & A with this author.
How would you describe your latest novel ‘Lost’?
I think of it as a page-turning thriller about a single, working mother who risks everything she has, everything she is, to find and rescue her wild teenage daughter.
What gave you the inspiration for the story?
A canoe exploration in the Everglades, and an old family story about a teenage girl who vanishes mysteriously.
Who do you base your characters on?
My characters are almost always composites of real people. Physically Randall Shane bears a strong resemblance to my cousin Jim, who is the real deal, an FBI Special Agent, size large. But the way Shane thinks about the world is closer to my own thought process, just because I spend so much time in his head. Jane Garner, the woman he agrees to help, grew up in the same part of Long Island as my wife Lynn. Like Lynn she’s brave about the important things, but there the resemblance ends, because if it didn’t I’d be writing to you from the doghouse. So the characters spring from reality and then take a life of their own.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Most of my ideas seem to derive from personal observation and experience. From asking questions and then finding an answer that’s interesting. I’ll be walking through a mall and think, what if that young mom has a dark secret? What if her beautiful daughter is about to run off with a dangerous man? Where would they go? What would they do? How would the mother react? That’s how stories come to life.
What are you writing next?
Working on ‘Torn’ the third thriller featuring former FBI Special Agent Randall Shane.
Chris Jordan is a master at building up suspense and making the reader feel that stomach churning fear when a child goes missing. This has great pace and well drawn out, sympathetic characters. Chris Jordan is definitely one to watch.
A gripping read. As a parent this must be one of our worst night nightmares. One minute our child is with us, the next gone - that dreadful sinking, sick feeling is described so realistically. Disappeared. Kidnapped. Chris Jordan takes us through every emotion that we would no doubt feel. This is a far fetched (or is it?) scenario which shows just how far a parent would go to get their child back. Well drawn, interesting characters. Good dialogue and fast paced. This book was one of the best we have read for a long while. It would make a terrific movie!
Un recueil ou les mots parfois font mal, comme les souvenirs d'une epoque de ma vie qui restera a jamais grave en moi.
Recueil de poemes retracant vie et souffrance de chaque jour, joie et bonheur, partage d'emotions, de sentiments, un coeur ouvert comme un livre.
HERE ARE THE FACTSFor the parents whose children have been taken, for the brokenlives we piece back together one relentless investigation at a time, our town house is a sanctuary. My name is Alice Crane. I'm just one of a talented team working for Naomi Nantz, the brilliant and very private detective. Today that sanctuary was violated.The famous kid-finder Randall Shane was taken away by unknown assailants, possibly government agents. Shane's client is dead, and a boy known as "e;the keyboard kid"e; is missing. What is the boy's connection to a top secret physics lab? Unknown-for now. But under Naomi's lead, we will infiltrate every illicit boardroom and bedroom and war room. We'll find that little boy or die trying. The only thing guaranteed in this life is that Naomi Nantz won't give up. Not now, not ever."e;JORDAN'S FULL-THROTTLE STYLE MAKES THIS AN EMOTIONALLY REWARDING THRILLER THAT MOVES LIKE LIGHTNING."e; -Publishers Weekly on Taken
The 1980s were unique in both American history and the history of American cinema. It was a time when a United States president-a former B-movie actor and Cold War industry activist-served as a catalyst for the coalescence of trends in Hollywood's political structure, mode of production, and film content. Ronald Reagan championed a success ethos that recognized economic and moral self-governance as the basis of a democratic society. His agenda of tax reform and industry deregulation simultaneously promoted the absorption of Hollywood's major studios into tightly diversified media conglomerates, and concentrations of ownership promoted the production and release of movies with maximum revenue potential. Indeed, the most commercially successful movies of the decade put forth the ideologies of WASP America, nuclear family self-sufficiency, and conspicuous consumption. Three genres in particular-the biracial buddy movie, the MTV music-video movie, and the yuppie movie-provide case studies of how Reagan-era cinema addressed issues of race, gender, and class in ways very much in tune with Reaganomics and the President's cultural policies. Author Chris Jordan provides a complete overview of both the influence of Reagan's presidency on the film industry and on the films themselves. Exploring 80s genres and movies with both a sociocultural and aesthetic eye, this book will be invaluable to historians, cinema scholars, and film buffs.
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