Four years ago today, we launched a series that features a haunted Cuban inspector and his best pal, a brilliant dwarf pathologist. When you put it that way, it’s hard to imagine how it’s captured the hearts of so many people, but it turned out there was something about that relationship that people liked. Apiro, they decided, was so much more than the sum of his limitations. And Ramirez, however corrupt he might be as a product of his system, and mostly as a result of that unusual friendship, is someone that my readers seem to like.
My readers tell me they have crushes on Charlie Pike and I can’t wait to introduce them to Slava Kadun, a Russian intelligence officer, when the fourth book comes out in June.
Anyway, thank you, Hector Apiro and Ramirez, for letting me share your world! And Happy Anniversary to all of you: Apiro, Ramirez, O’Malley, Celia Jones, Mike Ellis, Charlie Pike, and all the other characters I’ve come to know and love over the years.
(This was the cake, by the way, that we had at the first launch party, along with live Cuban music and tons of Cuban food. A lot has changed in four years: that’s Yasir Naqvi, helping me cut it. Four years ago, he was my MP. Now he’s a Cabinet minister!)