In addition to Murder in the Manuscript Room , Con Lehane wrote Murder at the 42nd Street Library and the Bartender Brian McNulty mystery series. He’s also had stories recently in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. You can find Con on Facebook, and @clehane on Twitter.
Do you relate more to Sherlock Holmes or Professor Moriarty? Another fictional detective or villain? Which one? Why?
Raymond Ambler, my protagonist, leans toward Sherlock Holmes in the sense that he likes to think he sees things others don’t always see, makes inferences that others could make but because of a kind of intellectual carelessness don’t make. He also agrees with Holmes on needing information, facts. “Data!data!data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.” The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
What’s your personal life motto?
Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.
Cage match between you and your protagonist. It’s a fight to the death. Which one of you will be left standing, and why.
My protagonist Raymond Ambler would win because he’s been studying and practicing tai chi for better than twenty years. Most folks don’t know that tai chi is a martial art as well as an exercise regime. Ambler knows the martial arts part; I only know how to do the exercises.