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Boris Riskin

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in Brooklyn, NY, The United States


Ernest H., Chekhov, Dashiel Hammet, Eric Ambler

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Many fiction writers have long been urged to get out of their ivory towers and research the real world for their material. Boris Riskin did better than that; he went out and actually worked for a living. A Brooklyn native, Riskin traveled the world. He lived in France twice, once on a honeymoon, again to attend the Sorbonne, both times to write … and write. After studying at the University of Michigan with playwright Kenneth Rowe, Riskin supported himself and family at a variety of jobs -- from dishwasher to factory worker, busboy to a hawker of low price garments for high fashion women. All the while experiencing first hand the stuff of the human condition that feeds his writing.
Mr. Riskin’s work has appeared over the

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message 7: by E.A.

E.A. Thanks for the friendship, Boris.

message 6: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Boris,
All the best writing comes from lived experience and carries a social edge.
Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads and I hope you check out some of my stuff, sometime. HOLLYWOOD BOWL plays particular homage to Hammett and to his experiences in RED HARVEST.

Andrea Kulman Hi there & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads!

message 3: by Maria

Maria Dear Boris,

This is my honor to be as your friend.
Thanks for adding me.


♥ Ibrahim ♥ Anyone influenced by Chekhov is certainly a friend of mine, and what a great honor!

Hey Boris, I've added your book Scrambled Eggs to my to-read list.

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