Don Bruns: Casting Bones

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  Coffee & Crime Fiction

 

It was in 2014 that I first had coffee with Don Bruns. After two winter seasons in Florida, it was time to branch out and find authors from the Sunshine state. It was a good conversation about books, writing and everything in-between. 

Bruns kindly gave me a copy of his book Reel Stuff – Book seven of the Stuff series. His Caribbean series has five books and yes, Prolific should be his middle name.

We’ve chatted off and on during SleuthFest: 2015 & 2016 (if I remember correctly) but it wasn’t coffee either time. Now Bruns has launched a new series: Quentin Archer. Casting Bones is the first of the series and may well be his next USA Today bestseller.

I asked Don if he’d like to discuss his research for this new series and he responded with an amiable, “Of course.”

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Photo credit: Romney Caruso

 

Research can be hard work. When I did my Caribbean series, Jamaica Blue, South Beach Shakedown, Barbados Heat, Bahama Burnout and St. Bart’s Breakdown, people told me, sarcastically, that they felt so sorry for me because I had to visit the islands, taste the food, drink the beverages…WELL, I did! And there are harder ways to make a living, I understand that.

However, as a writer you are keeping a record of everything you hear, see, smell and feel. If you are giving your reader a true ‘location’ experience, it has to be believable. It’s the best feeling in the world when someone says “I’ve been there and you captured it perfectly!”

So, when I decided to write my new New Orleans series, I wanted to be as authentic as possible. In Casting Bones, I chose a detective from Detroit who has recently moved to the Big Easy. He doesn’t know the city very well (plays well for me as I learn the city), and he’s often exploring his territory.

Oh, I tasted the New Orleans cuisine, drank the exotic Crescent City cocktails, hung out at the bars and clubs, but I also sat down with the homicide detectives, beat cops, did a private tour of the entire city with a friend who drives taxi.

I visited the devastation caused by Katrina, had long conversations with high level politicians, bartenders and strippers. I think it came together very well. People who live there tell me that I nailed New Orleans. Some of the reviews have complimented the fact that the city becomes a character in the book. 

A young, attractive voodoo practitioner and Quentin Archer team up to solve the murder of a judge. I love the characters, I love the story, but even more, I love New Orleans.

My friend Jeff Deaver says “I can’t think of a better portrayal of the most exotic city in America, New Orleans.” Lee Child says “superb locations and a great, hard-edged story.” And Lee goes on with my favorite quote for Casting Bones. “If you love the crime genre, this is not just highly recommended, but mandatory.”

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Start one series or all of them, you can’t go wrong either way.

Bruns’ books are available:

Indiebound   Amazon  

Barnes & Noble   Books-A-Million

  One thought on “Don Bruns: Casting Bones

  1. January 15, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    The series sound wonderful. Adding them to my TBR. Thanks, June and Don!

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