Wednesday, August 06, 2008

A DEADLY SILVER SEA

A major departure from the previous covers, huh? None of the bright colors and tropical flare. This one is dark, dark, dark...

And, oh yeah, the title. Another major departure. No puns.

Yes, this one started off as SHIP HAPPENS. But I never really thought that would float. So to speak. I batted around titles for months with my editor, Marc Resnick, and agent, Joe Veltre. My head explodes just thinking about it.

So go ahead and say it: Bob, that sounds like the title of a Travis McGee book.

Yeah, it does, doesn't it? A LONELY SILVER RAIN comes immediately to mind. Consider it an homage. After all, my wife and I named our younger son, Dashiell MacDonald Morris, after John D and Mr. Hammett. So I might as well offer a little nod in a title, too. Besides, if my pal Paul Levine can get away with THE DEEP BLUE ALIBI (echoic of MacDonald's THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE) then I can trot out A DEADLY SILVER SEA.

What's important, of course, is that the story be worthy of the comparison. In my not-so humble opinion, it is. The best one yet. And I'll soon be posting the first few chapters so you can decide for yourself.

Beyond that, mark your calendars: Publication date is December 9.

Far be it from me to mention that A DEADLY SILVER SEA would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

14 comments:

jimmy g said...

Bob can't wait...

"Beyond that, mark your calendars: Publication date is December 9."

Jut in time for Christmas, give the gift of reading I always say!

Jimmy

Anonymous said...

My wife, Becky, and I live in Tallahassee. We just went on a 1 week vacation to Flagler Beach where we both read all three of your books. We love Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, S. V. Date, Randy Wayne White, etc and were happy to discover a bang-up mystery writer with the same (Okay, perhaps even better--don't tell Carl--what's with that silly golf book anyway?) wit who writes highly entertaining stuff that takes place in some of our favorite places. Okay, even before we read "Jamaica Me Dead" we weren't planning on ever going back to that country.

We love the way you weave a story, get everyone into so much trouble, then get them safely back to the Sunshine State.

Anyway, we cannot wait till Dec 9 and the next one. Take care.

-PHIL REICHERT

Bob Morris said...

Hey Phil

All three books in one week? Jeez, I wish I could write 'em as fast as you folks can read 'em.

Stay tuned ... I hope to post the first three chapters of A DEADLY SILVER SEA here within the next few days.

Nancy/Caroline said...

Finally! I like the title; go for the homage! E-mail me when you're in town. I'm at Edisto Nov. & Dec.

Eric said...

Hey, man. Just caught up with your blog after a long layoff.

The new cover looks great! Can't wait till 12/9...
eric

Kathy McCullough said...

Yea! I can't wait to read it and will put it on my Christmas list! Now, when are you and Becky coming to Oregon, or do I have to come back to Gainesville for conch fritters?

Kathy McCullough

Kathy McCullough said...

Okay, so I can't read and write at the same time! I know your wife's name isn't Becky - I was reading the anonymous comment while I was writing. Anyway, I hope you still get out to Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. Kathy McCullough

Bob Morris said...

Kathy --

OK, here's the deal: If you can find conch in Oregon then I will figure out a way to get myself there and make conch fritters for you and anyone else who shows up to eat them.

Cheers, Bob

Anonymous said...

I plan on reading the book because it caught my attention, but I have to ask and this does sound like a dorky question? Why would a pregnant woman be allowed to sail on this cruise? Most cruises won't let you sail after a certain time. I am interested in reading it since it sort of pertains to my line of work.

Bob Morris said...

Not a dorky question at all. There's a very good reason why the cruise ship would allow a pregnant woman on board: To provide dramatic tension for my book!

You're right, the cruise lines do have rules about such things. A number of people have commented on this. But, hey, it's fiction, eh?

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