Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense Blog
Sunday, 19 May 2013 04:29
Owen Laukkanen’s debut, The Professionals, was my favorite of 2012. This tale of four newly graduated college friends who turn to kidnapping because they can’t find jobs was a vivid illustration of contemporary economics while exploring how a sense of entitlement and selfishness can shade people’s logic.
Laukkanen’s second novel, Criminal Enterprise, again taps into the economic downturn as a wealthy accountant turns to robbing banks when he is laid off. He finds that bank robbing brings him more job satisfaction than his regular job ever did.
But Laukkanen doesn’t make his criminals the heroes of his novels. His series’ real heroes are FBI agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state cop Kirk Stevens.
Although his novels are set in America and he writes evocatively about the U.S., Laukkanen is from Canada. He grew up in Windsor, Ontario, which is near Detroit. Why he writes about the U.S. instead of Canada is a question that comes up at nearly every book signing—“usually from the Canadians in the audience,” he said.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 05:19
About two years ago, the Avon Books imprint, which is part of HarperCollins, launched its digital romance imprint called Impulse.
Now HarperCollins/William Morrow is launching Witness, which is being called its “digital-original” mystery, suspense and thriller line.
According to the publisher, 100 titles already have been selected for Witness with the first 10 titles to be released in October.
Anything that brings more authors to the publishing table is a good thing for all of us.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:09
The winners will be chosen by the full-time members of the 44th Bouchercon September 19-22, in Albany, New York.
Dare Me by Megan Abbott (Reagan Arthur)
The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover (Thomas & Mercer)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
BEST FIRST NOVEL
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman (Thomas Dunne)
The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen (Putnam)
The Expats by Chris Pavone (Crown)
The 500 by Matthew Quirk (Reagan Arthur)
Black Fridays by Michael Sears (Putnam)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Whiplash River by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau (Berkley Prime Crime)
And She Was by Alison Gaylin (Harper)
Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn (Emily Bestler)
Big Maria by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer)
BEST SHORT STORY
"Mischief in Mesopotamia" by Dana Cameron, EQMM, Nov 2012
"Kept in the Dark" by Shelia Connolly, Best New England Crime Stories: Blood Moon (Level Best)
"The Lord is My Shamus" by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder, p.97 (Wildside)
"Peaches" by Todd Robinson, Grift, Spring 2012, p.80
"The Unremarkable Heart" by Karin Slaughter, Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance, p.177 (Mulholland)
BEST CRITICAL NONFICTION WORK
Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly and Declan Burke, eds. (Hodder & Stoughton/Emily Bestler)
Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950 - Joseph Goodrich, ed. (Perfect Crime)
More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, M.D. (Medallion)
The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie by Mathew Prichard, ed. (Harper)
In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero by Otto Penzler, ed. (Smart Pop)
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 05:12
Buy a book—or several—and help animals while being entertained.
I spoke very briefly with Miranda James, also known as Dean James, about this project while we were waiting for an elevator at the Malice Domestic conference, and then followed up with an email.
Leann Sweeney also is happy to be included in this project.
"All of us write stories involving animals and we take great pride in that," Sweeney said. "We believe our books indeed live up to the Read Humane initiative. Animals are treated with dignity and respect between the covers of our titles. My book, The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon, features three rescue cats and a rat terrier. The animals do not talk or think, they just act like the amazing pets they are!"
More than 3,000 retailers nationwide are participating in Read Humane, from independent bookstores to Barnes & Noble and CVS.
I think this project is terrific. All through my life, my dogs (sorry, allergic to cats) have always been rescues. Their love and personalities have carried me through happy and sad times.
Read Humane was inspired partly by the publisher's four-year-old Read Pink campaign, which supports breast cancer research and awareness, and also by the many writers on its list whose books feature animals.
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