IACW Hammett Prize 2016 nominees Feb09

IACW Hammett Prize 2016 nominees

The International Association of Crime Writers have announced the nominees for the 2016 Hammett Award. THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton (Putnam) THE DRIFTER by Nicholas Petrie (Putnam) THE WHITE DEVIL by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions) REVOLVER by Duane Swierczynki (Mulholland) THE BIG NOTHING by Bob Truluck (Murmur...

Java Lovers: Lee Child chats with Jon Jordan

Our own Jon Jordan interviews stellar author, Lee Child. Jon: Where do you buy most of your shoes? Lee: London. Can’t beat English bench made shoes. Jon: If you were to just starting singing Led Zeppelin while working or walking or something which Zeppelin song would it be? Lee: Probably Black Dog. Jon: Do you like your pillows firm or soft and how many do you like have when you crash out? Lee: Thin and firm-ish. Two of them. Jon: What is the largest amount of coffee you’ve consumed in one period of being awake? Lee: 36 mugs. Jon: If you could play a game with the New York Yankees, what position would you play? Lee: Right field....

Reading Rebirth

For a few years, when I talk comics with my friends (Dan Malmon and my sister Jennifer in particular) when we discuss DC comics the observation we seem to agree on more than anything else is that what has been missing is this: fun, light and the hope. From all indications, Rebirth will be addressing this. Now, I have been reading comics since the late sixties and buying them with my own money since the early seventies. I’ve gone through any number of crisis events and reboots. Through it all, I usually end up enjoying the comics DC has put out. Sure, there were some that left me dropping books from my pull list, but overall I kept reading....

Amy Poeppel talks about SMALL ADMISSIONS

SMALL ADMISSIONS Amy Poeppel Atria Pub/Emily Bestler Books Dec 27, 2016 SMALL ADMISSIONS is not just about the process of applying to a private school it is also about how each character looked within to find their faults and strengths.  The core of the story is about friendship and family, disappointments and joy. Elise Cooper:  Where did you get the idea for the story? Amy Poeppel:  It started quite awhile ago, about eight years to be more exact.  After we moved to New York City we started the interview process to see which school was best for our children.  Unfortunately, my husband and I were really bad at it.  After thinking about it,...

When Characters Overrule Their Author

When the characters take over a manuscript, that’s usually a good thing – for the reader, anyway. As Stephen King famously said, “How can the author surprise his readers if he can’t surprise himself?” Surprises can have a different impact on the author, though. For instance, when I began DESERT VENGEANCE my new mystery, I had a general idea of the plot: Private Investigator Lena Jones waits in a prison parking lot for the release of the foster father who raped her when she was nine years old. Lena is armed with a large knife called The Vindicator, and she can’t wait to use it. Before I even started working on the manuscript, I knew how...

Ingrid Thoft talks about DUPLICITY

Elise Cooper:  Where did you get the idea for the story? Ingrid Thoft:  In the Seattle area there was a Church that imploded.  Although the Covenant Rising Church was Evangelical what was put forth in the book could be applied to any religion.  I wondered what happens to people when the cornerstone of their experience doesn’t turn out to be what they thought.  I am fascinated with the idea of mega churches where it is about faith, but also is about money and power, especially those personalities that rise to the top who are very charismatic. I also thought of what happened in Penn State.  So many people chose not to do anything because of...