THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT: Launch party for David Corbett’s Fifth Novel

David and Hamley prepare the launch party.

David and Hamley prepare the launch party.

On May 13th, David Corbett celebrated the launch of THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT, his fifth novel, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA.

Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he’s taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts.

Jacquelina Garza has been to hell and back. Abducted and tortured by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and its aftermath—including a very public trial. Her teenage life takes an even steeper downward spiral when she’s drawn into a murder case that threatens to tear apart her hometown of Rio Mirada, the gateway to Napa Valley’s opulence.

Can these two wayward souls find redemption amid the convenient lies and difficult truths that have followed them for so long?

David held court in front of a solid crowd that included fellow writers Cara Black, Domenic Stansberry, Rita Lakin, Sheldon Siegel and Mary-Rose Hayes. David’s wife brought macarons to feed the hungry masses. She fed their stomachs, David feed their minds and Corbet Canine  Hamley let people know he was there if they needed to pet something.

David has a number of California and New York dates set, check his site for future events.

Sunday, June 7, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Bay Area Book Festival
David Brower Center, Kinzle Room
2150 Allston Way (Near Oxford Street and the UC Berkeley campus)
Berkeley, CA 94704
David will be on a panel titled STUMP THE EXPERTS!, with moderator Cara Black and fellow panelists Judy Melinek, M.D. (a forensic pathologist); Jennifer Hagan, Esq. (a civil litigator); Karen Lynch (memoirist and former SFPD homicide inspector), and Greg Spencer (another for SFPD inspector and forensic specialist).

Friday, June 19, 7 PM
The Basement Series
Sports Basement
1590 Bryant
San Francisco, CA
David will join NY Times bestselling author Cara Black and five emerging writers in reading on the theme of Compulsion. Proceeds go to Janis Cooke Newmn’s superb Lit Camp.

Tuesday July 7, 8:00AM-5:00 PM
Master CraftFest
Grand Hyatt Hotel
109 East 42nd Street
New York, NY
As part of the tenth annual ThrillerFest, David will be leading an all-day seminar and manuscript review, covering a broad range of craft topics. Class is limited to 10 students, and submissions must be in a month ahead of time, so register soon by following this link.

Wednesday, July 8, 10:30-11:20 AM
CraftFest
Grand Hyatt Hotel
109 East 42nd Street
New York, NY
David will be teaching his workshop, “The Character of Crime,” as part of the tenth annual ThrillerFest. Follow this link to register.

Packed house at BP

David spreading wisdom to the masses.

Friday July 10, 12:15-1:00 PM
ThrillerFest
Grand Hyatt Hotel
109 East 42nd Street
New York, NY
David will be appearing on two panels:

10:00-10:50 AM
Location: TBD
“Knives, Forks, or Guns?” David will be joining J.J. Hensley, Patrick Hyde, Daniel Palmer, William Nikkel, Rick Ollerman, and Alan Jacobson (moderator) discussing How to Keep Weapons Interesting.

12:15-1:00 PM
Location: TBD
Panel: “White Collar, Blue Collar, or Nun?”
David will be joining Reed Farrel Coleman, Ward Larsen , Steve Martini, John Camp, Scott Silverii, and Gayle Lynds (moderator) discussing Unusual Crime in Thrillers.

David will also be signing from 5:00 to 5:30 To register for ThrillerFest, go here.

Thursday July 23-Sunday July 26
The Book Passage Mystery Writers’ Conference
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925
David will serve as co-chair of this year’s BPMWC, along with the inescapable Cara Black. Other guests and faculty will include Don Winslow, John Lescroart, Thomas Perry, Hallie Ephron, C.W. Gortner, Otto Penzler, Bruce Holsinger, as well as numerous other notable agents, editors and writers. (David will also be teaching a pre-conference class: Sub-genre Subtleties: How to Meet, Exceed, and Transcend Reader Expectations.)
Go here for more information or to register.

Thursday, September 10, 7:00 PM
Why There Are Words
333 Caledonia
Sausalito, CA
David will be joining a number of other excellent readers (TBD) in the superb reading series founded my Peg Alford Pursell.

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