My new book, a concise history of Phoenix, comes out Nov. 9. Some initial signings are set for early December (see the "news" page of my author site) with more to come early next year.
I didn't intend to see two books published this year. High Country Nocturne, the eighth David Mapstone Mystery, would have done fine. But I was approached by an editor at the History Press who liked my Phoenix history columns on this site.
Initially, I thought it would entail a fairly easy compilation of that work. Instead, they wanted an almost entirely new book — and fast. So I set out to write the dissertation I never did.
I received a great deal of help in assembling the 60-plus photos that grace the book. That was still some of the most time consuming work. So was drilling down into primary sources. Then I had to make it my own, my concise interpretative history that can stand apart from fine work already done by Phil VanderMeer, Brad Luckingham and William Collins.
I always knew Phoenix's history was rich, but never how deep a lode is here. It could and should be mined for years.
Let me be the first to say that Phoenix has some fine historians and thinkers who could likely have done a much better job. Churning out some 3,000 words a day, mach 5 with my hair on fire, was no fun. But here it comes. Blame any factual errors on me.