HOW TO NEGOTIATE EVERYTHING – review

HOW TO NEGOTIATE EVERYTHING David Spellman with Lisa Lutz May 2013 Simon & Schuster HOW TO NEGOTIATE EVERYTHING may look like a children’s book because, well…it is. But it is decidedly not just for children. The hero of our book, a little boy in a checkered sports coat and blue shorts, learns how to negotiate with the toughest of the tough, the great NO-giver—his mom. He learns what is worth negotiating for (small pets, ice cream), how to close the deal, and what might be considered overreaching in the world of negotiations (for, say, an elephant). He is also taught the great lesson of persistence, in this case keeping at it until he...

Lisa Lutz: 5 Favorite Comics

Being loosely categorized as a crime novelist, I am inevitably asked on many occasions to cite my literary inspirations or list my five or ten favorite novelists or novels. I cannot deny that there are writers and novels that I adore, but I don’t feel confident tagging them as influences. I think of the Spellman series (The Last Word: Document #6 in stores July 9th) as comedic novels first and when I’m writing them I am a slave to the joke, because unlike plot, character, or pacing, a joke is utterly intangible. When I was child I was always drawn to comedy and comedians, and I continue to obsess over whatever impossible formula it is that...

James Lee Burke & Lisa Lutz are featured in this week’s Giveaway. Jul19

James Lee Burke & Lisa Lutz are featured in t...

Hope everyone has had a great week. Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is giving away copies of James Lee Burke’s LIGHT OF THE WORLD and Lisa Lutz’s THE LAST WORD LIGHT OF THE WORLD by James Lee Burke “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) and “the reigning champ of nostalgia noir” (The New York Times Book Review) introduces his most evil character yet in the twentieth thriller in the bestselling Dave Robicheaux series. A New York Times bestselling author many times over, James Lee Burke is a two-time Edgar Award-winner whose every book is cause for excitement, especially those in the...

The Last Word: A Spellman Novel by Lisa Lutz Jul06

The Last Word: A Spellman Novel by Lisa Lutz

Simon & Schuster Pub date: July 9, 2013 Meet Isabel Spellman: chief shareholder and newly minted president of Spellman Investigations, a/k/a the boss. Unfortunately for Izzy, though, being in charge isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her parents (who make up 50% of her staff) are not only actively rebelling against her hostile takeover, but also appear to be hiding something major from her and her siblings. Someone is staging a rather successful corporate coup against her biggest client. Her sister Rae may or may not be involved in some sort of secret criminal enterprise. And persons unknown are attempting to frame Izzy for embezzlement....