My new novel, Vanishing Games, is a heist thriller set in the gambling city of Macau, China. I lived there briefly while researching the book and was taken aback by the incredibly eclectic sounds of the city. For those of you who have never been, let me fill you in — Macau is like Las Vegas on pure Chinese meth. The casinos are constantly blasting classic Sinatra. The nightclubs host famous rappers and superstar DJs. The restaurants all play the same style of downtempo house.
Hey. Want to read an awesome piece of crime fiction? Go read James Ellroy's "Perfidia." The opening is amazing. If you've read "Ghostman," then you probably know that I'm a huge fan of opening chapters. They're my favorite part of a book. An opening chapter, when done right, feels like falling through an Einstein-Rosen wormhole-- it sucks you in faster than the speed of light, then shoots you into a different universe with a tremendous amount of energy. It grabs you and pulls