About the Reviewer


My name is Richard Demma and I’m a crime writer,  reviewer and theater director. I’m currently living in the beautiful old world city of Prague in the Czech Republic, a city of great writers past and present, from Kafka, Karel Capek and Jaroslav Hasek, to Vaclav Havel, Jachym Topol  and Daniela Hodrova. I’m originally from San Francisco, California, but I’ve traveled the world for the past forty years and lived in seven different countries, including Thailand for twenty five years, Taiwan, Hong Kong and now the Czech Republic.

I’m a passionate aficionado of all kinds of serious fiction, but particularly works in the crime and mystery genres that confront the darker secrets of human nature and help illuminate the perennial human struggle over conscience and moral choice. My range of crime reading is broad, from crimes in the home and the village to crimes in the global village, crimes of state and crimes against humanity. Any works of quality fiction that explore these areas are of interest to me, especially works that include a religious and spiritual dimension in the sometimes arduous quest for life’s meaning and purpose. We live in the shadows in the twenty-first century, a world in which “God is silent,” and we search for glimmers of hope and signs of an eternal presence hidden behind the vicissitudes of life. The hidden face of God is the subject of my own personal quest.

I received a BA in English Literature from the University of San Francisco, A Masters in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley. I am currently working on a crime novel set in Prague.

Thank you for visiting my site and your comments are warmly welcomed.