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The first paragraph of Conway Sax 4

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

Yeah, I’m going to need a better working title than that. One candidate is Mood Ring Eyes, but while I like the feel of the phrase – three four-letter words with distinctly different vowel sounds – it’s better suited to a romance (or for that matter a cheesy pop song) than a noir mystery. Anyway, here’s the opener as it now...

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing |

Hmm, you ask yourself. How long can Ulfelder keep up this torrid one-post-per-month blogging pace? All right already. Here’s the excuse: for the past month-plus I’ve been consumed with the rewrite of the third Conway Sax novel. Yesterday I sent the manuscript off to my incredible agent, Janet Reid. She got back to me with edits. I made the...

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The Conway Sax Full Employment Plan strikes again

Posted by on Jun 8, 2009 in Conway Sax |

My protagonist, Conway Sax, lives in Framingham, Massachusetts, and helps people solve squalid problems, usually of their own making. This story demonstrates that Conway will never run out of things to do. Quick rundown to save you a click: A toll taker owes a Framingham construction worker – and, more to the point, cocaine dealer – $70,000. One...

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That’s racing

Posted by on May 4, 2009 in Conway Sax, Racing | 1 comment

Boy, did my 2009 racing season get off to a lousy start. Saturday, I had a great qualifying run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. I would start the race third in class and fifth overall (out of about 30 cars) – at the sharp end of the field, ready to slug it out with fellow Mazda drivers and a bunch of fast BMWs. The green flag fell. We screamed...

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A thousand words a day

Posted by on Apr 13, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing |

I’m neither sentimental nor a pack rat; I don’t save a lot of notes or other ephemera regarding my books (rather, each gets one chaotic Word doc that serves as an all-purpose dumping ground for character sketches, plot ideas and the like). However, for each novel I do save a document like the one you see here: a simple running count showing how...

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Solid month here at Amalgamated Crime Books Inc.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2008 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

I decided not to produce any words today: Conway Sax, my protagonist, gets a breather. And a well earned one. At the beginning of October, Conway had just met Andy Phigg. Andy’s the only son of Tander Phigg Jr., the heir to a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, paper-mill fortune who blew his inheritance (how?) and hanged himself (or did he?) in a squalid...

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