– Post by MysteryPeople Contributor Meike Alana
Recently I had the opportunity to attend Bouchercon, the world’s largest convention of mystery readers and writers. Between Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery and Director of Suspense Molly Odintz, I was the most seasoned (OK, I was the oldest) member of the BookPeople team in attendance, so I think I was the only one vertical at breakfast time. Thus I was lucky enough to attend the New Author Breakfast and learned about some exciting new talents to watch for. Here are just a few names and titles:
- Matthew Betley – Over Watch: Former Marine officer Betley introduces unyielding Marine Logan West in this action-packed, globe-trotting, edge-of-your-seat debut thriller.
- Susan Alice Bickford – A Short Time to Die: Two women from opposite sides of the country find their lives inextricably bound by a murderous quest for revenge. A Short Time to Die comes out this upcoming January!
- Grant Bywaters – The Red Storm: Winner of the Minotaur Books/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Competition introducing a black ex-boxer PI working in 1930’s New Orleans.
- Ross Carley – Dead Drive: Set in Indianapolis, this well-crafted mystery showcases protagonist Wolf Ruger, a single Iraqi vet, investigating foul play in the high- technology industry.
- Dana Chamblee Carpenter – Bohemian Gospel: Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, this riveting debut follows an unusual girl’s quest to discover her past and define her destiny.
- Bruce Robert Coffin – Among the Shadows: With the last name “Coffin,” Bruce was destined to draw on his many years of law enforcement experience to write this first installment in the John Byron mystery series.
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- Post by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery
Our Pick Of The Month is Crag Johnson’s latest, An Obvious Fact, one of the best to date in his sheriff Walt Longmire series. The Wyoming sheriff, his Cheyenne buddy, and his foul mouthed deputy (and sometimes love interest) from Philly have to solve a mystery during The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in a small town with connections to a woman from Henry’s past.
Craig will be with us on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 PM, the same day as the book’s release, so come by BookPeople for a chance to be one of the first to get a signed copy! To get everyone excited for Craig’s visit, we got in a few questions in early to one of our favorite authors.
MysteryPeople Scott: I saw this book as your acoustic set, stripping the series down to its three main characters and solving the mystery with little of the drama that has been building in the series. Was this an intentional shift?
Craig Johnson: Well, I try and do something different with each book and I think the stripping down was a result of that, but the drama in the characters lives is always going to be subjugated by the action and pace of the plot. Strangely enough, this may be the funniest and best- paced novel I’ve written–I wish I knew why.
MPS: There is a lot of focus on Walt and Henry’s friendship. What do they provide each other, aside from back up?
CJ: It’s the backbone of the series ever since The Cold Dish when I had to have two individuals who represented their different cultures. I think the bond and most important the easy banter between the two characters is what I enjoy the most. This was a departure in the sense that we learn a little more about Henry’s personal past and that provides a few conflicts between the two men, but even with all the hurdles they face, there’s a camaraderie and a true friendship that never fails.
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Only the Hunted Run by Neely Tucker
D.C. reporter Sully Carter is back, caught in the middle of a mass shooting at the capitol that ends with the murder of an Oklahoma congressman. When the captured killer forms a bond with Sully, Carter becomes embroiled in a whydunnit involving identity, madness, and those ignored by society. This series gets better and deeper with each book. You can find copies of Only the Hunted Run on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Robert B Parker’s Debt To Pay by Reed Farrel Coleman
When a psychotic hitman returns to Jesse stone’s life, looking for revenge, the Paradise police chief has to go to Dallas to protect his ex wife from him. Coleman uses a simple, suspenseful plot to as a sturdy narrative line to hold some messy, complex emotions to light in this game changer for the series. Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay comes out Tuesday, September 13th. Pre-order now!
What Remains Of Me by Alison Gaylin
One of my favorite thrillers so far in 2016 is already out in paperback. Gaylin examines celebrity and crimes in the spotlight, looking at murders in two different decades and families connected by the woman accused of both. A deep, dark, psychological tale that keeps twisting until the final sentence. What Remains of Me comes out in paperback Tuesday, September 27th. Pre-order now!
August brings us new works from favorite authors, new explorations of old cities, and new variations on old themes for a set of books that do justice to the classics while forging their own path.
The Sixth Idea by P.J. Tracy
After almost a decade, The Monkeewrench crew is back! Here, they put their skills to use with a mystery that goes back to the cold war. The mother-daughter team of P.J. Tracy are masters of mixing humor and vivid characters into their suspense. The Sixth Idea comes out today! You can find copies on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
St. Louis Noir edited by Scott Phillips
Finally Akashic looks to the city with the highest U.S. crime rate. Scott Phillips has assembled a talented group to explore the race, class, and social divisions of this decaying city, providing levity with some dark comic relief. St. Louis Noir comes out today! You can find copies on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Rough Trade by Todd Robinson
Robinson’s follow-up to Hard Bounce has his bouncers Boo and Junior pinned for the murder of a man they playing a hand in beating up. Using a touch of humor and humanity, Todd Robinson proves he is one of the masters of modern tough-guy fiction. Rough Trade comes out August 9th. Pre-order today!
- Interview by Molly Odintz
Come by BookPeople Thursday, July 28th, at 7 PM, for Amy Gentry’s official launch of her debut thriller, Good as Gone. Gentry is a journalist, novelist and long-time Austinite. Her debut follows a family as they are reunited with their long-lost daughter, kidnapped at a young age. Happy to have their daughter returned, yet skeptical of her story, they try to form new bonds, heal old wounds and unearth painful truths.
Molly Odintz: Your story, to me, was reminiscent of the story of the changeling – did you set out to play with fairy-tale archetypes?
Amy Gentry: I didn’t set out thinking specifically about fairy tales, although in an early draft I did have a scene of the mom Anna, who is a professor, teaching the Keats’s poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” not fairy tale exactly, but Arthurian legend type stuff. In the poem, a mysterious woman seduces knights and then disappears, leaving them to wander around looking for her for the rest of their lives. Keats is a great source for vanished ladies; I also thought about using “The Eve of St. Agnes.” I took all those scenes out because they were terrible, but they helped me think through some things. Princesses also kept popping up, especially the Frances Hodgson Burnett story The Little Princess, which I’ve always been obsessed with. Princess stories are often lost daughter stories.
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The Highwayman by Craig Johnson
This novella featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire is as much ghost story as mystery. Walt and buddy Henry Standing Bear help out a Highway Patrolman who is receiving “officer needs assistance” calls from a trooper who died over thirty years ago. Johnson takes a unique riff on his entertaining series. The Highwayman comes out May 17th. Pre-order now!
Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn by Ace Atkins
Boston private eye Spenser is back and up against an uncommon enemy. Looking into the fire of a church, he closes on a group of arsonists with a mysterious agenda. Once again, Atkins delivers everything you expect from Robert B Parker’s hero. You can find copies of Slow Burn on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
St. Ernan’s Blues by Paul Charles
Irish Inspector Starrett and his colleagues must solve a murder with the most unusual suspects, priests in an Abbey where they have all been moved to for causing problems with The Church. A fun take on the classic whodunnit. You can meet Paul Charles with the authors who make up Miles Arceneux on May 11th. You can find copies of St. Ernan’s Blues on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. Find out more about this event.
Joe R. Lansdale will be reading from his latest and signing selections from his substantial oevre at MysteryPeople’s upcoming Noir at the Bar event. Noir at the Bar meets at Opal Divine’s at Penn Field and gets started at 7 PM. Lansdale’s latest novel, Honky Tonk Samurai, is our MysteryPeople pick of the month for February. In honor of this momentous occasion, here’s a look back at the origins of Hap and Leonard…
- Post by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery
Joe Lansdale’s Hap & Leonard series is going strong and only getting stronger. Not only is there a new novel, Honky Tonk Samurai, there will soon be a collection of the short stories and novellas, a TV show debuting on the Sundance Channel March 2nd, and even a graphic novel. The lethal East Texas ex-hippie Hap and his even more formidable gay, black, Republican friend and partner-in-crime Leonard have entertained readers for a quarter of a century. The Lone Ranger & Tonto, Batman & Robin, and Wyatt Earp & Doc Holiday have nothing on them.
“The wildness and menacing nature of Lansdale’s villains plays to the core theme of the books: friendship. Hap and Leonard have a bond that neither danger nor darkness can break. It transcends race, politics, and sexuality. One reason the books have continued is that they tap into the reader’s wish for a friendship that can endure anything, especially time.”
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