Matt Coyle

Thriller/Crime

Matt Coyle is the author of the Rick Cahill crime series. He also hosts the Crime Corner podcast out of San Diego.

Matt Coyle is the author of the bestselling Rick Cahill crime series. Matt knew he wanted to be a crime writer at age thirteen when his father gave him Raymond Chandler’s The Simple Art of Murder. His books have won the Anthony, Ben Franklin Silver, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Silver, and San Diego Book Awards, and have been nominated for the multiple Macavity, Shamus and Lefty Awards, as well as named to numerous Best Of lists. Lost Tomorrows is the sixth book in the Cahill series. Matt hosts the Crime Corner podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus, where he is writing the next Rick Cahill novel.

For more on Matt, please visit his website. Read our review of his latest, Lost Tomorrows, here.

BOOKS:

Yesterday’s Echo (2013)

Night Tremors (2015)

Dark Fissures (2016)

Blood Truth (2017)

Wrong Light (2018)

Lost Tomorrows (2019)

Your biggest literary influences:

Raymond Chandler, Ros Macdonald, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. Jefferson Parker, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly

Last book read:

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

The book that changed your life:

This is a tough one. There have been so many books that have impacted my life. Let’s go with The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler. I first read it in a college Detective Fiction class and it reengaged me with Chandler’s work and reminded me that crime fiction could be so much more than pulp fiction. Chandler showed me that a drunk wasn’t just a drunk, he had a real life and a story to tell. The Long Goodbye demonstrated exactly what Ross Macdonald meant when he said of Chandler, “He wrote like a slumming angel…” Chandler’s writing was at the same time, raw and elegant. He wrote about real people with real problems who made bad choices and had to live with the consequences. That was the world I wanted to write about.

Your favorite literary character:

Not surprisingly, Raymond Chandler’s cynical private detective Philip Marlowe is my favorite literary character. Marlowe lived by his own code and always did what he deemed the right thing, no matter the consequences. He distrusted powerful institutions, whether they be city hall, law enforcement, or gentrified wealth. He was an educated man, but also schooled in the hard knocks of the street and could take a beating and dole one out when necessary. Marlowe’s wry first-person observations give readers a glimpse of his world view plus memorable lines to savor. To me, Philip Marlowe is the father of all fictional private eyes that follow. Without him, there never would have been a Rick Cahill.

Currently working on:

Book 7 of the Rick Cahill series.

Words to live by:

Get your ass in the seat.

Advice for aspiring authors:

Get your ass in the seat. In other words, write. Write every day. Write when it’s easy, write when it’s hard. Read the genre you write in and join a critique group.

ARTICLES OR REVIEWS:

https://timesofsandiego.com/life/2019/09/18/san-diego-author-releases-latest-installment-in-popular-mystery-series/

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/books/sd-et-books-matt-coyle-20181210-story.html

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/books/sd-et-author-coyle-20171127-story.html

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/books/sdut-matt-coyle-night-tremors-interview-2015may25-htmlstory.html

TESTIMONIALS:

“With Wrong Light Matt Coyle is on top of his game and Rick Cahill ascends to the top ranks of the classic private eyes. Coyle knows the secret: digging into a crime means digging into the past. Sometimes it’s messy, sometimes it’s dangerous — always it’s entertaining. You’ll find all of that and more in this great read.”—Michael ConnellyNew York Times best-selling author

“Following an Anthony Award-winning debut isn’t easy, but Matt Coyle slammed a homer. Hard, tough, humane—Night Tremors is outstanding!”—Robert Crais, Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Award-winning author

“Sharp, suspenseful, and poignant, Lost Tomorrows hits like a breaking wave and pulls readers into its relentless undertow. Matt Coyle is at the top of his game.” —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author