Three Picks for March

  • picks from Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery

97800623445881Hard Cold Winter by Glenn Erik Hamilton

 

Former thief and soldier Van Shaw is asked to locate the sister of one of his old running buddies. When he finds her and the son a prominent Seattle family murdered, he’s caught between the cities power brokers, organized crime factions, the law, and his personal code. Hamilton is creating a series that truly defines modern hardboiled. You can find copies of Hard Cold Winter on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.


Speakers Of The Dead by J Aaron Hamilton9780143128717

In 1843 New York, young newspaper reporter Walt Whitman is on a crusade to clear the name of a friend hung for murder. The mystery involves grave robbers, city corruption, and the clash of religion and medical practice of the time, as Whitman has to face cops and criminals alike on the city’s streets that were as dangerous and gritty then as they were then as they are now.. Great for fans of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist. You can find copies of Speakers of the Dead on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

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PIMP by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr

Max and Angela are conniving again. Their life story has been turned into a bestselling book and now there is a TV show in the works. You know both will do anything to get a piece of the action. Throw in some gang members, a screenwriter out for vengeance, a new designer drug, and a Kardashian or two, and you have a wild, violent, satire that drops more than a few recognizable names to crime fiction fans, poking fun at many of them.You can find copies of PIMP on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

Guest Post: Glen Erik Hamilton on “Friends with Words”

Hard Cold Winter, Glen Erik Hamilton’s follow-up to his highly regarded debut, Past Crimes, puts his former criminal and soldier into even a tougher spot than in the first book. In Hard Cold Winter, Hamilton’s protagonist gets involved with the murder of a prominent Seattle citizen’s son and the sister of one of his shady friends from the past. In this guest blog post he sent along, Hamilton discusses his bookshelf, and how he uses different works for different forms of inspiration. 


Friends with Words

© 2016 Glen Erik Hamilton

I have a bookshelf. Quite a few shelves, of course, but this one particular shelf is within reach of the little desk where I do most of my writing. Too easy a reach.

We’re not a procrastination, the books seem to say. Not like playing with the cat, or the horrible abyss of the internet. We’ll HELP you.

Shut up, you novels. Later. I’ve got an hour scheduled for reading later. That’s my reward for getting these pages done.

I turn back to the keyboard. Back to typing, with hands slightly shaky.

Some authors choose not to indulge in reading other fiction while they are hammering out the first draft of their latest work. A hardcore few go so far as to avoid reading at all, except between books. They fear that the phrases or plot twists or rhythms they read will somehow be replicated in their writing, and they might wind up with a pale imitation of their favorite author, or worse, a Frankensteinian mishmash of colliding styles. Better to abstain, and keep their pages pure.

That brand of austerity doesn’t work for me. I’m hardly ever between books, for one thing. Recently, I saw a quote from Lawrence Kasdan (Yes, on the internet; don’t judge me.) He said: “Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.”

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