Scott’s Top 10 Debuts of 2015

– List compiled by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery
Usually I only pick five novels in this category, but this was such a great year for new voices, the list needed to be expanded. I even had to cheat a little and allowed two to tie for the top.

978039917277997803991739671. Where All Light tends To Go by David Joy & Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Both these authors proved there is still a lot of life in rural noir. Writing with the skill and emotion of seasoned pros, they bring the mountains of South Carolina and Georgia to vivid, poignant, and painful life with their tales of fate, family, and violence.

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MysteryPeople Q&A with Richard Goodfellow

  • Post and Interview by MysteryPeople Scott

Richard Goodfellow’s debut, The Collector Of Secrets, is a fresh thriller that takes us through Japan. The main character Max Travers, an American teaching English, comes into possession of a diary that contains dangerous information. Stuck in the middle of the government, the police, and the Yakuza, Travers goes on the run with the help of his gorgeous girlfriend and a game-designing Shinto priest. We caught up to Mr. Goodfellow to ask him about the book and its setting.


MysteryPeople Scott: Many of the secrets in the book involve the Japanese royal family. Was there any actual history you used as a jumping off point?

Richard Goodfellow: Absolutely. One of the key inspirations was a book called Gold Warriors (by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave) which documents the gold and other looted treasure hidden by the Japanese royal family in the Philippines during World War II, and the subsequent secret recovery and use of that fortune for bribery, manipulation and covert operations.

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Three Picks For August

archer filesThe Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Detective by Ross MacDonald

Reissued for the 100th anniversary of Ross MacDonald’s birthday, this collection has all of his short stories featuring introspective PI, Lew Archer. Editor Tom Nolan has also provided unfinished work as well as a biography of the character. A good crash course for one of the most influential detectives in fiction. You can find copies of The Archer Files on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.


collector of secretsCollector Of Secrets by Richard Goodfellow

A young American teaching English in Japan gets tangled up in a conspiracy over a diary that could shake the country to its political foundation. He is chased by both the police and Yakuza with a game designing Shinto Priest. This debut thriller is nimble on its feet and full of fun characters. Collector of Secrets comes out August 11. Pre-order now!


in the dark placesIn the Dark Places: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

Inspector Banks is back. He and his team have to solve two separate murders in freak snowstorm. Rich characterization and story make Robinson a procedural author praised from Louise Penny to Michael Connelly. In the Dark Places comes out August 11. Pre-order now!