2015 David Thompson Award

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is proud to announce that the recipients of the 2015 David Thompson Award are Bill & Toby Gottfried. The David Thompson Award, named for the late beloved publisher, bookseller, and crime fiction reader advocate, is presented by the Bouchercon Board to recognize extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the mystery and crime fiction community. Nominees include writers, publishers, readers, editors, and fans. Bill and Toby Gottfried have promoted mysteries and crime fiction through their involvement in mystery conventions, books groups, book buying, discussions and so more more. Bill and Toby exemplify what’s best about the mystery community. Toby and Bill have attended almost every Bouchercon since 1985. Their involvement in the mystery community goes far beyond attending conferences and buying books. They have actively participated on multiple Bouchercon committees and have chaired two Left Coast Crime Conventions. They plan vacations and travel around mystery conventions. At each convention, they make authors and readers feel welcome, breaking bread with them, and welcoming them in every possible way into the mystery community as friends and family. Their involvement in the mystery community is driven by a love of people intellect, mystery, history, and fun. The David Thompson Award will be presented at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, October 10, 2015....

Mystery One Bookstore in Milwaukee Closing Aug14

Mystery One Bookstore in Milwaukee Closing

Opening in April 1993 Richard Katz’s Mystery One Bookshop has had a 22 ½ year run as an independent mystery bookstore. It’s been an impressive run which has included hundreds of author signings and events. Going over the list of people who have been to the store is like a whos who of the mystery genre with a lot of authors doing signing on their first tours before they became household names. At one point Mystery One had sold more copies of Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais than any other store in the Midwest. On a personal note it was Richard Katz who really pulled back the curtain and introduced me to the mystery community. There are countless authors he turned me onto. I also got my start on the Mystery One website doing author interviews. Richard would let me tag along to dinner with authors and he asked me to help out at Bouchercon 1999 in Milwaukee which is where I met Ruth. Over the years Mystery One has been a gathering place for mystery fans and I’ve made a lot of friends because of the store. The store is also where I hung out when I quit drinking surrounding myself with books and readers instead of booze and drinkers. The decision to close the brick and mortar store did not come lightly but with foot traffic dwindling and more and more of the sales being done over the internet it makes sense to switch the operation to a internet based store. There are plans to still do events, for instance Mystery One will be selling collectable books at Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee this November. Not having the store will free up time that Richard plans to use book hunting and getting more books listed on line. At the end of August there will be a send off for the store and Richard is hoping to have events lined up for Thursday and Friday the 27th and 28th and a daylong party on Saturday the 29th. The store has been reaching out to authors to make the send off a big day with great prices on books and a chance for everyone to say good bye to the store and have some fun. Think Irish wake or funeral in New Orleans.     From Richard: “Now for some different news, Mystery One will be closing at the end of August(or maybe September). We will continue to be an online store. August, 27th, 28th, and 29th (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) we will have a party with all books discounted, so come and get books at fantastic prices. My love goes out to all of you who helped Mystery One have a wonderful 23 year run. Everyone please come in by the end of the...

Steve Hamilton leaves St. Martins for Putnam Aug07

Steve Hamilton leaves St. Martins for Putnam

For Steve Hamilton and St. Martins, the divorce was a tad messy. After 12 books and 17 years. Award-winning author Steve Hamilton recently parted ways with St. Martins Press. News first came when SMP announced that it was parting ways with Steve. But that was not the end of it, Steve went public and cited a lack of support from his longtime publisher and said it was he that initiated the split. THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON was to be Steve’s next book and was to come out next month. Authors and publishers breaking up is not unusual, but to do so less than two months before the release of a new series is unheard of. Now, just days after the split became public, Steve has signed with Putnam. According to The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno, Steve’s agent, the signing came after a bidding war with more than ten publishers. The deal, which is for four books, will begin with a 2016 Summer release of NICK MASON. I recently read the Nick Mason book and enjoyed the hell out of it. Shane told me the book was to be the first in a new series and made it sound like they have high expectations for it. Departing before the start of a new series makes sense in that you are not leaving a character’s back catalog with a bitter former publisher. Year back, Robert Crais changed publishers and while his Elvis books were doing quite well, a couple back catalog titles went out of print from his past...

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 61 Jul14

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 61

Crimespree issue 61 featuring CHRIS HOLM!   Our next issue will be shipping in a couple weeks, Chris Holm is on the cover with an interview from Erica Neubauer. Chris , along with Kristi Belcamino are both debuting new on going columns. There are some fun interviews including Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Lisa Brackman and Robert Crais and Lisa Scottoline along with great articles book and DVD reviews and other features.     If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE  ...

Tom Piccirilli 1965 to 2015 Jul12

Tom Piccirilli 1965 to 2015

On Friday, after a long battle with cancer, Tom Piccirilli passed away. He was fifty years old. Tom’s writing career spanned three decades and started in 1990 with the publication of DARK FATHER. Since then, he published over 150 stories and over two dozen novels. In addition rave reviews, Tom was  a two-time winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for “Best Paperback Original” (2008, 2010) and a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. But as popular as his writing was, Tom was known and loved within the Horror and Crime fiction communities for his generousity of his time and talent. He had a passion for the genres that went well beyond his writing. A number of his peers have gone public with their thoughts: Bill Crider: R. I. P., Tom. My condolence to the family and many friends. Kent Gowran: R.I.P. Tom Piccirilli. A good, kind man. Awesomely talented. The world has lost a giant. Beth Groundwater: So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. He fought the good fight and was a great talent who will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies and prayers for comfort for Michelle and the rest of the family. Noel Hynd: Deeply deeply saddened. A wonderful guy has left us. Life is never fair but seems particularly unfair right now…. Brian Keene: I always called Tom Piccirilli “big bro” and he always called me “little bro” because that’s what we were. I am heartbroken and beyond any meaningful words right now. Rest in Peace, big bro. Terrill Lee Lankford: The writing world lost a big one today. R.I.P. Tom Piccirilli. Alex Segura: Sad to hear about Tom Piccirilli’s passing. Great writer and a kind, good man. RIP. Duane Swierczynski: Gutted to hear that we lost Tom Piccirilli. I was lucky enough to spend a very pleasant afternoon with him five years ago when he and Michelle hosted my family for a much-appreciated home-cooked meal during a long cross-country sojourn. We had been trading emails (and books!) for quite a few years before that, and I always looked up to him as a big brother in the publishing trenches. His kindness was legendary, as were his novels, which were superb no matter the genre. If you haven’t had the pleasure, track down one of Tom’s books immediately. (I’ll always have a special fondness for THE COLD SPOT and FUCKIN’ LIE DOWN ALREADY.) Rest in peace, my friend. You will be sorely missed. On behalf of Crimespree magazine, I express my condolances to Michelle, Tom’s wife. Not only did she give Tom all of her support and strength, she also kept us all updated throughout Tom’s battle. I can’t imagine what she is feeling right now, but I think it is safe to say that there are hundreds of people that are more than ready to step up, should she need...

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about latest Gabriel Allon novel Jul02

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about latest Gabriel Allon novel...

THE ENGLISH SPY, Daniel Silva‘s fifteen book in the Gabriel Allon series, landed on shelves Tuesday and the author is making the rounds at the various media outlets in support of it. Last Saturday, he appeared on Public Radio’s Weekend Edition to talk about his famous creation. Among other things, Silva talked about the difference between opinions presented in the novels and his own. He also talked about the pressures that a successful series can put on the author and that those pressures have kept him from stepping away from Gabriel and writing something...