From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 03 Aug 2002

John wrote:

> as the
> crime consultant at Serpent's Tail I've been very proud to have had a
> in publishing David Peace, Nicholas Blincoe, the very funny Mark
> the very funny Danny King, the very singular Ken Bruen and,
imminently, the
> very dark Sean Burke, not to mention , for one book, Russell James

This is news to me. If I had known I'd have payed more attention to the imprint - it helps when you know that the authors were chosen by knowledgeable people (yes, I know they have a good rep but there's just so much stuff out there). Can you tell us exactly what you mean when you say "consultant" - does it mean that you choose all or some of the authors or that you just recommend authors or what? One author I have been meaning to check out is John Dale, partly because he's Australian but more importantly because I've read some good words about him. Was he one of you recommendations & either way, have you (or anybody else, for that matter) read him? I'd be interested in the reactions of any rare birds who have read Dale (the book published by Serpent's Tail is DARK ANGEL).

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