What I Meant To Say

Our good friend Judy was awarded The David Thompson Award at Bouchercon. She was more than a bit surprised, and as a result didn’t have anything prepared. As these things go, she came up with something great after the fact. I thought we’d let her share it here ~ Jon What I Meant To Say Judy Bobalik   Most of this came to me as I was walking from the stage on Saturday. When my name was announced as the winner of the David Thompson Special Service Award at Bouchercon, I was so overcome with emotion and shock that I could not formulate any response other than “thank you”. So here’s what I meant to say. I am very proud to...

2014 Anthony Award winners

Tonight, the 2014 Anthony Awards were presented, at Bouchercon, in Long Beach. Best Novel William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace (Atria Books) Other nominees Robert Crais, Suspect (Putnam) Sara J. Henry, A Cold and Lonely Place (Crown Publishers) Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl (Forge Books)) Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days (Minotaur Books) Best First Novel Matt Coyle, Yesterday’s Echo (Oceanview Publishing) Other nominees Roger Hobbs, Ghostman (Alfred A. Knopf) Becky Masterman, Rage Against the Dying (Minotaur Books) Kimberly McCreight, Reconstructing Amelia (HarperCollins) Todd Robinson, The Hard Bounce (Tyrus Books)...

Like Minded People Nov13

Like Minded People

When I was a younger man I read comic books. In grade school teachers thought they were bad for me, my parents were just happy I was reading.  As I grew older my peers thought I was weird for reading something for children. I also read a lot of books. Teachers in grade school sent me to the office for reading David Morrell’s FIRST BLOOD, Dickey’s DELIVERANCE, HELTER SKELTER etc.  Each time my mother would explain she gave me the book.  Teachers didn’t want me reading things they didn’t assign, how screwed up is that? As I got older I learned not to care what other people thought. When my fellow high school students...

“MURDER AND MAYHEM v2.0” Or, “MEET ME IN MILWAUKEE” Nov03

“MURDER AND MAYHEM v2.0” Or, “MEET ME IN MILWAUKEE...

Last year, tragedy struck when forces beyond anyone’s control forced the beloved library event Murder and Mayhem in Muskego to be cancelled forevermore. MMM was an amazingly successful event that brought renowned authors to the Milwaukee suburb for a one-day, panel style event. While raising money for the Muskego public library, it also allowed fans of the genre unprecedented access to their favorite storytellers. It also very quickly became the favorite literary event of the Malmon household. But like all good things… Without missing a beat, Jon Jordan, Ruth Jordan, Erica Neubauer, and Penny Halle got together and said, “ To Hell with it....

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Oct20

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee

Murder and Mayhem 10 years ago Penny Halle came to me and asked if Ruth and I could help her set up a mystery day. We brought in 7 authors and did a 2 hour panel. The next year we went bigger, a whole day of panels and more authors. Last fall we had around 14 authors and the event ran from 9 – 5. In less than two weeks we are hosting Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee for the first time, version 2.0 if you will. The facility is awesome, food courts, right in a hotel with a casino. We have 23 authors coming in. There have been a load of books donated for the book bags. Our book seller is geared up and ready to rock. We’ve had t-shirts and...

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE tour Oct19

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE...

U.S. fans of British crime fiction have a treat coming. Acclaimed British writer Paul Charles will be doing a 7 state tour to support DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE. Some of these dates will see Charles team up with John Connolly and Stuart Neville.  In the first of a new series, McCusker, a retired RUC policeman originally stationed in Portrush on the north-west coast of Northern Ireland, returns to work as an agency cop—A Yellow Top—following his wife’s flight to America with their nest egg. On his first major case in Belfast he partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy business man. But before that...