Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Ace, Part II

Bancroft followed her Sunday review of Ace Atkins' White Shadow with an informative feature in today's St. Petersburg Times.

She offers this nicely crafted nugget of information:

"His (Charlie Wall's) throat was cut, and he had been badly beaten. On the carpet, they found one bloody footprint and a scattering of buckshot and birdseed.


It was details like that one that hooked Atkins on Wall’s story — hooked him so powerfully that, although he had already published four well-received novels, he switched agents and publishers to be able to write White Shadow.

His previous agent called the book “a stupid idea,” but “I couldn’t think about writing anything else,” Atkins says by phone from his home near Oxford, Miss."

So what do agents know?

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