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Eric Stone is an American photographer that writes detective mystery thrillers inspired by his experiences as a journalist. Stone has always been adventurous. He once said that he will try most things at least once, and the direction his life has taken can be imputed to this philosophy.
Order of Ray Sharp Series
|1||The Living Room of the Dead||2005||Description / Buy|
|2||Grave Imports||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Flight of the Hornbill||2008||Description / Buy|
|4||Shanghaied||2009||Description / Buy|
Order of Eric Stone Short Stories
|1||The Lunch That Got Away||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||One Turbo-charged night in Delhi (Short Story)||2011||Description / Buy|
Eric Stone Anthologies
|1||Murder in La-La Land||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Last Exit to Murder||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||Last Exit to Murder||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||South Central Noir||2022||Description / Buy|
For instance, his love for photography comes from a desire to make visual sense of the world. But the author isn’t afraid to admit that he was quite drawn to hallucinogens as a teen and this gave him a particular appreciation for color and composition.
A second-generation native of Los Angeles, Stone is an active individual. The idea of fueling his car and simply driving off to places to which he has never been has always appealed to him. Both as a child and an adult, he was always splitting his time between Los Angeles and various other places.
There was a 12-year period that he spent in Hong Kong and Jakarta. This was after spending eight years in the Pacific Northwest. Life eventually took him to the Mississippi Delta, and yet he couldn’t stop dreaming about Bogota in Columbia.
As a journalist, Eric Stone had no specialty. He wrote about everything from finance and travel to sports, sex, politics, music, and drugs. His bibliography includes novels that were inspired by the stories he wrote about in Asia.
Stone can’t think of one particular event that ignited his interest in reading and writing. However, if he was to select one incident that had the greatest impact on his literary tastes, it would have to be the day he started reading Moby Dick.
Stone was just ten-years-old at the time. But the book blew his socks off. He couldn’t believe how rich the story was or the fact that it had such an in-depth mix of mysticism, science, and history, not to mention philosophy.
Even before Mody Dick entered the picture, Stone had a passion for books. He spent many hours reading with a flashlight under his covers. His parents also enjoyed books. So they did not hesitate to encourage his love for reading.
While his age mates read children’s books, Eric Stone was buried in the Landmark series which delved into history and science. But of all the books he read during his childhood, Moby Dick left the biggest impression.
The author’s adventurous spirit can be blamed on his parents who would take long, explorative drives through Los Angeles. They were avid storytellers who would fill Stone’s head with tales related to all the places he would see. This created in Stone a desire to explore new places. His desire for writing emerged as a response to his fascination with exploration.
Stone wanted to visit new places and then write about them. This is what he proceeded to do. The journalist is drawn to writing because of the freedom it affords him. He doesn’t have to worry about long commutes or exhausting workdays.
In fact, he never has to leave home. But he also admits that the activity is isolating and there are times when he craves human contact. None the less, writing is the one activity he would happily pursue even if he wasn’t making any money out of it.
Best Eric Stone Books
Stone has been commended for writing suspenseful, enthralling and uncomfortable books, with some of the best titles in his bibliography including:
The Living Room of the Dead: An elite Brit has bitten off more than he can chew, though he doesn’t seem to fully appreciate his predicament. He has fallen for a Russian prostitute. And now he wants to marry her. But that involves getting her away from her pimp in Macau, a task that brings with it all sorts of consequences.
When Ray Sharp is drawn into this mess, he is unaware of the maze of horror and violence that is about to claim him.
Flight of the Hornbill: Ray Sharp is back and he is out of the journalism game. Now a corporate investigator, a Hong Kong Investment bank has sent Ray to Indonesia to scrutinize a suspicious firm that might have discovered gold. Meanwhile, Ray desperately wanted to finalize his divorce from Sylvia but the woman had resisted him at every turn. However, she is now willing to play along but only because she wants something from Ray.
When Does The Next Eric Stone book come out?
Eric Stone doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Last Exit to Murder and was released on July, 5th 2013.