Murder in the Afternoon Book Club Celebrates Texas Writers Month with Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale Calling In for The Murder in the Afternoon Book Club’s Discussion of Sunset and Sawdust

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The Murder In The Afternoon Book Club celebrates Texas Mystery Writers Month by reading one of the state’s best authors. Sunset And Sawdust is one of Joe Lansdale’s most underrated books. We’re happy to shed light on it as well as have Joe be a part of our discussion.

The book takes place in the Depression era sawmill town of Rapture, Texas, where Sunset Jones has just murdered her abusive husband, Pete, while he was trying to assault her. She turns to the only person who can help, her mother-in-law who owns half of Rapture. Knowing her son was no good, she helps Sunset get the job of town constable; newly available since the last person to occupy the position was the now-dead Pete. With the help of a charming Woody Guthrie type hobo and a hulking deputy who is sweet on her, Sunset enforces the law and wades into a mystery involving her late husband, oil, and a baby in a jar.

With this novel dealing with issues of gender, race, and class, creating a vivid portrayal of the depression, and containing characters both entertaining and complex, Lansdale gives us much to talk about. Luckily, Joe will be joining us via conference call for part of the discussion. Join us for the discussion on BookPeople’s third floor, May 15th, at 1PM. The book is 10% off for those planning to attend.

You can find copies of Sunset & Sawdust  on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The Murder in the Afternoon Book Club meets to discuss it on Monday, May 15th, at 1 PM. The club meets the third Monday of each month. 

Don Winslow Calls In to Hard Book Club Discussion of THE CARTEL

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The Hard Word Book Club kicks off the new year with a mammoth book that will easily go down as one of the best crime novels of the decade, and possibly of the century. Don Winslow’s The Cartel got much acclaim in 2015 with its detailed and emotional look at the drug wars of the new millennium. To make this truly an event, Mr. Winslow has agreed to call into our discussion.

The Cartel works as both a stand-alone and sequel to his equally superb The Power of the Dog, with DEA agent Art Keller, coming out of retirement when his nemesis Adan Berra (based on real life narco El Chapo) breaks out of prison. Several others on both sides of the border get drawn into their vendetta with each other. Winslow draws from many real life incidents and people in this harrowing novel of money, violence, indifference, and corruption that can crush and entire society. This is a brutal book that pulls no punches.

We wanted to announce this book as soon as we could, since it is a little over 600 pages. We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 25th, at 7PM, on BookPeople’s third floor. The book is 10% off in-store for those planning to attend.

You can find copies of The Cartel on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

Hard Word Book Club Discusses RED CAT with Author Peter Spiegelman

Peter Spiegelman Calling In to the Hard Word Book Club

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For November, The Hard Word Book Club delves into the dark side of sex and art with Peter Spiegelman’s Red Cat. The book is the third installment in the series featuring John March, a private detective who has plenty of issues with his family and his past, ready to surface when his brother, David, asks him for help.

A woman David got together with through an online hook-up sight found his number and keeps calling him. he wants John to find her and warn her off. John goes searching, armed only with a fake name and description. That description matches that of a woman dragged out of the river, plunging the March bothers into a case involving, blackmail, videos that blur the line between pornography and art, and several dark secrets.

We are happy to have Peter Spiegelman calling in to discuss the book with us. We will be meeting at 7PM, Wednesday, November 30th. You can find copies of Red Cat on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The book is 10% in-store to those planning to attend.

Murder in the Afternoon Book Club Enjoys the Night Life

Murder in the Afternoon Book Club to Discuss: Night Life by David C. Taylor

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NIGHT LIFEFor October, our Murder In the Afternoon book club goes back to the not so fabulous Fifties with the Edgar nominated Night Life. It it the first in the Michael Cassidy series. We’re happy to announce the author, David C. Taylor, will be calling into the discussion.

Michael Cassidy works as a police detective n New York, even though he has a well off background. His father made himself a Broadway mogul and his brother works for the fledgling broadcaster ABC. When Michael catches the murder of a chorus boy, the investigation leads him through a red scare world of the mob, FBI, CIA, and Russian agents with appearances by the likes of Roy Cohn and gangster Frank Costello.

Night Life‘s hero, place and period gives us a lot to talk about and Mr. Taylor knows the period well. We will be meeting on BookPeople’s third floor at 1PM, Monday, October 17th. Copies of Night Life are 10% off in-store for those who attend.

You can find copies of Night Life on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The Murder in the Afternoon Book Club meets the third Monday of each month at 1 PM. Our upcoming meeting to discuss Night Life is next Monday, October 17th, at 1 PM on Bookpeople’s 3rd floor. Author David C. Taylor will be calling in to the discussion. 

Hard Word Book Club to Discuss: AS THE CROW FLIES by Craig Johnson

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Coming up on Wednesday, April 27th, at 7 PM, our April Hard Word Book Club has one of our favorite authors joining in the discussion. Craig Johnson has kept us entertained throughout his series featuring Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire. We’ll be reading his eighth novel, As The Crow Flies.

The book takes place mostly on the Cheyenne Reservation. Walt and and his Cheyenne friend Henry are there to help for Walt’s daughter Cady’s wedding when they witness a woman plunging to her death. With different law enforcement in the mix, the new tribal chief ask for his help in homicide. he reluctantly takes on the case while trying to focus on his daughter.

As The Crow Flies will give us much to discuss with its issues of fatherhood, bureaucracy, and life on the reservation. Craig will be calling in to join us us to guide us through. We will be meeting on BookPeople’s third floor, Wednesday, April 27th. The book is 10% off for those planning to attend.

You can find copies of As The Crow Flies on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The Hard Word Book Club meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7 PM and discusses exclusively noir and hard-boiled works. 

The Hard Word Book Club Takes on Machine Gun Kelly

Author Ace Atkins to call in during the Hard Word Book Club’s upcoming discussion of his novel Infamous 

9780425239018This month’s Hard Word Book Club selection, Infamous by Ace Atkins, is both historical and humorous. Infamous was the last of Ace Atkin’s quartet of books incorporating true crimes (Hopefully we’ll see more). It chronicles the exploits of robber and kidnapper George “Machine Gun” Kelly.

Mainly, Infamous tells the story of the woman behind the man. Far from a mastermind, Kelly was goaded into a life of crime by his wife Kathryn. When the kidnapping of an oilman gets complicated and a former Texas Ranger closes in, his skills and marriage are put to the test.

Ace Atkins will be calling in to the group to talk about the work and his research. We will be meeting on BookPeople’s third floor, Wednesday, February 24th, at 7PM.


The Hard Word Book Club meets the last Wednesday of each month and discusses noir and hard-boiled crime fiction. Selections for the book club are 10% off at the registers. You can find copies of Infamous on our shelves and via bookpeople.com