Author Alan Williams-Key is well known to readers of the Guardian Weekly through his many contributions to the letters page and to Notes & Queries. His many witty contributions appear so regularly that his very existence has been queried by one reader, “Is Alan Williams-Key (Madrid, Spain) a real person?” (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/
This novel is a story about a private detective in Arizona and is written in USA dialect, something that turned out to be more of a challenge than the author had expected. The novel is not a whodunit but a story about the characters that inhabit its fictional world. Nevertheless, it contains many references to classic hard-boiled detective fiction.
About Alan Williams-Key
Alan was born in 1947 in the UK and successfully studied theoretical physics at Cambridge University. He worked for over thirty years as a software engineer and consultant. Between 1997 and 2001 he had quite a lot of time on his hands due to a chronic illness and became interested in writing fiction after buying a book at an airport which turned out to be so cliché that he said to himself, “surely anyone could write better that that, even me”. Even though he only said it to himself he felt he needed to find out. That was when he started writing The Clueless Detective. Much to his surprise he discovered that writing was actually fun. Although he completed several drafts the book was not ready for publication when he recovered his health and returned to work. Now that he is retired, he had the time to finish off the book. He also submits many offerings to the Guardian Weekly and a Google search on his name will find many of those that have been published.
He has also written a second novel that he will now have time to revise and prepare for publication and he is part way through writing a third. He’s hoping he will have time to complete it sometime in 2013. As well as writing fiction, he enjoys learning to play jazz on the saxophone and photography. He also has a keen interest in aviation having actively been a private pilot for ten years, though now lapsed, and he has written an ATC simulator for the PC.
About Guardian Weekly
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