by April 4, 2011 at 5:30 am 2,799 2 Comments

Logan Circle, Borderstan, Joe Flood, "Murder in Ocean Hall"

Local guy: Joe Flood wrote his novel, “Murder in Ocean Hall,” at Caribou Coffee at 14th and Rhode Island NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You follow her on Twitter @MichLancaster or send her an email.

You know the people you see in our neighborhood typing away on their laptops at coffee shops and staring pensively into space? If you were to rudely interrupt them, you may just meet one of your neighbors… people such as White House correspondent Julie Mason… or our latest subject, writer and novelist Joe Flood.

Meet Joe! Our arts writer, Cecile Oreste, told us about her friend who had just finished a book entitled Murder in Ocean Hall, which is about the Borderstan area, and, voila, we have Joe Flood. Like so many of us, he came here for school and never left. Flood has a long and storied career as a web designer, consultant, producer and anything else you can think of for a title involving the internet and websites. He has also been an active freelancer, contributing articles at his own site,, as well as other publications and blogs.

Murder in Ocean Hall: “My detective owned a house on the 1400 block of T Street [NW], before it was gentrified. And my murder victim, Bob Fundwell, lives in one of those fancy condos on Church Street [NW]. That street is also where Thomas investigated his first murder, 20 years ago, when the block was lined with auto repair shops.” – Joe Flood.

Borderstan: Okay, let’s start with the basics. Tell us about yourself.

Flood: I came to D.C. to attend American University, where I graduated with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in literature. I lived in Glover Park and upper Northwest for a while before gravitating to Borderstan. I’ve been in the neighborhood for about 15 years, long enough to see it transition from somewhat sketchy to absurdly gentrified.

Borderstan: You’re an avid writer, with a focus on the area. Can you tell us a bit about your book and its location in Borderstan?



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