BEHIND THE BOOK: David Corbett

Something More Than a MacGuffin Transforming Doc Holliday’s love letters into a Hitchcockian trope helped fulfill a lifelong ambition to bring those letters to life Long before I had any idea a concept like “antihero” existed, I found everything about Doc Holliday fascinating. Whether I encountered him in film, TV, or the books I devoured about the disappearing frontier, it was obvious he possessed a unique place in the national imagination. He not only epitomized the American West’s “Good bad man,” that iconic frontier Frankenstein constructed of part bitter war veteran, part desperado—a haunted loner clinging to the last scraps of his...

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT by David Corbett reviewed

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT David Corbett Thomas & Mercier April 7, 2015 At the young age of eight, Jacquelina “Jacqi” Garza, was abducted by a child predator and tortured. She escaped and soon found herself under the media spotlight. Even before the abduction, Jacqi had had a troubled childhood and with her father is in prison , her mother and brother providing little support, Jacqi struggles to find her place in the world and finds herself, at the age of 17, living at a rehab center for prostitutes. When she disappears from the center, Phelan Tierney, an ex-lawyer that now acts as a tutor for the center residents, is asked to find her....

Author Work Space: David Corbett Jun27

Author Work Space: David Corbett

Call it: Room Without a View. I wake up early to write and prefer having nothing to look at but the screen and the corner of the office behind it, the better to focus on what I’m imagining. The more I read, write, and teach, the more I agree with what Victoria Strauss said recently on Jon Winokur’s AdviceToWriters website. “There’s only one rule of writing: there are no rules. Beware of anyone who tells you that there are.” It resonates with something Don Winslow once said: “If you can juggle five balls: great trick. One of them hits the ground? Not so great.” In other words: If it works, it works. I tell my students: I’m just suggesting...

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT: Launch party for David Corbett’s Fifth Novel May18

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT: Launch party for David Cor...

On May 13th, David Corbett celebrated the launch of THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT, his fifth novel, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he’s taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts. Jacquelina Garza has been to hell and back. Abducted and tortured by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and its aftermath—including a very public trial. Her teenage life takes an even steeper downward spiral when she’s...

David Corbett: Behind The Book: Do They Know I’m Running? May22

David Corbett: Behind The Book: Do They Know I’m R...

“In this country, the young are like the sunrise. They don’t last for long.” —Roque Dalton My latest novel—Do They Know I’m Running?—began taking form in 2006-2007 as I was wrapping up my third, Blood of Paradise, which is set in El Salvador. I watched the immigration “debate” degenerate into an orgy of misinformation, false accusations and blatant slurs that seemed, to my gringo ears, to be conspicuously racist. At the same time, on the same newscasts tracking this “debate,” anyone who bothered to pay attention could watch the casualty lists from the Iraq War, and be stunned, as I was, at the...