J.L. Abramo talks about global events that impact his current reading, works by Erik Larson and Bryan Burroughs and his hopes for new Tim O’Brien novels


What are some of the titles in your to be read pile?

I was born in 1947.  In that year two critical events effectively ended the centuries-long dominance of the British Empire and changed the map of the world—the British withdrawal from the Indian sub-continent and its partitioning into India and Pakistan, and the British withdrawal from Palestine leading to the creation of Israel. On my TBR list are two books by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, Freedom at Midnight and O Jerusalem, dealing with each of those historic milestones.  


What book are you currently reading?American History Cover

Having just finished reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, set in Berlin in 1933-34 when Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party was beginning to gain total control of Germany, I am now reading Public Enemies by Bryan Burroughs which is set in America in those same two years when the infant FBI was hunting down the likes of John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, Clyde Barrow, and others.

What do you hope to add to your to be read pile soon and why?

Erik Larson refers often to Hans Bernd Gisevius, who served in the Gestapo and the German Intelligence Service during World War II while a covert opponent of the Nazi regime, and who later testified at the Nuremberg trials.  I plan to add his book To the Bitter End: An Insider’s Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler, 1933-1944 to my TBR pile.  It accounts a number of such plots to end Hitler’s life, and the subject intrigues me.

What author do you want to see have a new book out soon?

Having read The Things They Carried, Going After Cacciato, and In the Lake of the Woods, I have been continually moved and awed by the writing of Tim O’Brien and hope he will write more soon.


JL Abramo photoJ.L. ABRAMO was born and raised in the seaside paradise of Brooklyn, New York on Raymond Chandler’s fifty-ninth birthday.

Abramo is the author of Catching Water in a Net, winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America prize for Best First Private Eye Novel; the subsequent Jake Diamond Novels Clutching at Straws, Counting to Infinity and Circling the Runway (Shamus Award Winner); Chasing Charlie Chan, a prequel to the Jake Diamond series; and the stand-alone thrillers Gravesend, Brooklyn Justice and Coney Island Avenue, a follow-up to Gravesend.  His latest novel is American History.

Abramo is the current president of Private Eye Writers of America.For more please visit: www.jlabramo.com