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Serious Reading - Interview with Tom Crowley, Author of Bangkok Gamble, the third of the Matt Chance adventure series.
Your most recent book is titled Bangkok Gamble. What is the nature of the book?
Bangkok Gamble is the third in my series of Matt Chance action/adventure books. I had a detour in my writing after the second in the series, Murder in the Slaughterhouse, to write a military memoir and military history writing. Writing history is taxing work. Fiction is much more fun so I'm glad to be back to the basic action/adventure genre.
Can you tell me why you took the title topic for the book?
I lived in Bangkok for 22 years. One of the things I noted is how pervasive gambling is in Thai society. It exists on every block and every income level. Kidnapping to force gamblers to pay debts, which is a continuing front page topic, is a great backdrop for the added elements of the booming sex slavery trade in Asia. I also introduce the use of the dark web and cyber crime as part of the story.
How does the new book provide expand the character development ?
I always try to add new characters tied to my heros past life. In Bangkok Gamble I take his military background and relationship with a former special forces soldier as a start and introduce a 'kickass woman' who is also a former soldier. The two strong characters, bouncing off of each other add a lot to the depth of the book.
Who is your favorite author?
I have many favorites but the one I try to model myself on is Elmore Leonard. Keep things simple and hard hitting.
I blame it on my librarian when I was a kid. She was a pusher and I got hooked. I didn't know reading led to writing. Honestly. I'm innocent.”
"The books I write have their roots in Asia as this has been where I have lived and worked most of my life since being assigned to serve as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam over fifty years ago. I was wounded in combat during my tour and spent some weeks in an army hospital in Japan recovering from my wounds. It was that early exposure to Japan, a country I have always found fascinating, beautiful and enjoyable, that made me determined to complete my education and return to Asia to live and work. After spending nearly thirty years working in a number of Asian countries, I have spent the last fifteen years in a retirement position working for a charity in Bangkok that assists street kids."
Featured in World War II Quarterly / 2017
Merrill's Marauders in the China-Burma-India Theatre (1944) has been included in the fall issue of World War II Quarterly, which will be released in late October
Bronze Medal Award / 2015
Received the Bronze Medal award for "Murder in the Slaughterhouse" from the Military Writers Society of America
Goodreads / 2014-2015
Murder in the Slaughterhouse receives 4.3/5 stars on Goodreads.com