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...

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...

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...

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

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about l...

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...

Bouchercon 2015: Anthony Award ballot details Feb26

Bouchercon 2015: Anthony Award ballot details

In an effort to ensure that all attendees get a chance to vote, the fine folks behind Bouchercon have asked us to pass this along: To all Bouchercon attendees: If you were registered for the Long Beach Bouchercon last year, or the one upcoming in Raleigh, you will be receiving ballots in a day or so, (Saturday, Feb 28) to nominate books and stories for the 2015 Anthonys to be awarded in Raleigh in October. They are trying something new, and testing the process for future Bouchercons, using a survey site called Survey Monkey to send and collate the nominations. Those who have attended past Bouchercons may be familiar with the surveys you...

HARD CASE CRIME to Publish New Lawrence Block Novel in September Jan29

HARD CASE CRIME to Publish New Lawrence Block Nove...

Hard Case Crime has announced they, along with Titan Books, will be publishing a new Lawrence Block novel in September. THE GIRL WITH THE DEEP BLUE EYES tells the story of a former New York police officer, now working as a private eye in Florida, who gets drawn into the web of a local wife who’s looking for a hit man to help her become a widow. Block has described the book as “a down-and-dirty noir thriller, characterized by my Hollywood agent as ‘James M. Cain on Viagra.’ ” The novel is Block’s eleventh with Hard Case Crime. The previous ten include Hard Case Crime’s very first book, GRIFTER’S GAME; the erotic suspense novel GETTING OFF;...