April/June 2006

Here are the Macavity Award Nominations:

The Macavity Awards are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International. Winners will be announced at Bouchercon during opening ceremonies, September 28, 2006.

Best Novel
o    One Shot by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
o     The James Deans by Reed Farrel Coleman (Plume)
o     The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
o   Vanish by Tess Gerritsen  (Ballantine Books)
o    Strange Affair by Peter Robinson (William Morrow)
o     The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (Knopf)
o     Solomon vs. Lord by Paul Levine (Bantam)

Best First Novel
o    Immoral by Brian Freeman (St. Martin's)
o    All Shook Up by Mike Harrison (ECW Press)
o     Baby Game by Randall Hicks (Wordslinger Press)
o    The Firemaker by Peter May (St. Martin's)
Best Nonfiction:
o    Tracks to Murder by Jonathan Goodman (Kent State University)
o    Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed by Stuart Kaminsky; photographed by Laurie Roberts (Hothouse Press)
o    New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, edited by Leslie S. Klinger  (Norton)
o     Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)
o     Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (Norton)
Best Short Story
o   "It Can Happen" by David Corbett in San Francisco Noir, Akashic Books
o   "Everybody's Girl" by Robert Barnard
o   "The Big Road by Steve Hockensmith (AHMM, May 2005)
o    "There Is No Crime on Easter Island" by Nancy Pickard (EQMM, Sept-Oct 2005)
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
o     In Like Flynn by Rhys Bowen (St. Martin's Minotaur)
o     Spectres in the Smoke by Tony Broadbent  (St. Martin's)
o      The War of the World Murders by Max Allan Collins
o      Night's Child by Maureen Jennings  (McClelland and Stewart)
o      Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear, (Henry Holt)



The Hammett Prize has been presented to ALIBI by Joseph Kanon  -- a worthy choice but I was hoping that Don Winslow's THE POWER OF THE DOG would win.  6/15/2006


I forgot to post this quite pleasing news:  Janet Rudolph is adding a history mystery award to her Macavity Awards and most appropriately the award will be name the Sue Feder History Mystery Award.  Sue was the champion of the history mystery and it will be nice to honor her memory every year with this award.  Way to go, Janet.  6/15/2006


In November, 2006, the Poisoned Pen Press is going to publish THE DO-RE-MI by Ken Kuhlken (a favorite attender of Bouchercon for years), which will be the fourth in the Tom Hickey series.  The first of the series, THE LOUD ADIOS won the Best P.I. Novel Award sponsored by the Private Eye Writers of America and St. Martin's Press.  It was followed by THE VENUS DEAL and THE ANGEL GANG. Glad to see Ken back in print and kudos to the Poisoned  Pen Press for publishing him.  6/09/2006


And someone else we haven't seen in a while is John Billheimer (although I sat next to him at last year's Bouchercon banquet -- and he proved a most charming dinner companion).  Five Star will publish STONEWALL JACKSON'S ELBOW in September, 2006.  It is a continuation of his Contrary, West Virginia novels (THE CONTRARY BLUES, HIGHWAY ROBBERY and DRYBONE HOLLOW) and will once again feature Owen Allison.  This time he is trying to get to the bottom of a $750 million dollar ooops at a local bank.  6/09/2006



I'd like to talk to Barry Maitland some day about his odd publishing history. I consider him one of the finest crime writers practicing the craft today. Yet, it seems that with each book he gets less and less exposure.  Part of the problem most likely is the fact that he moved from the U.K. to Australia.  His last two books have only been printed in Australia.  But St. Martin's Minotaur is going to fix that oversight in October when NO TRACE is released here in the U.S.  I read NO TRACE some time ago from an advance reading copy that DP contributor Jeff Popple sent me from Australia.  I gave it an A+ if I recall.  This guy really knows how to plot and his Detectives Brock and Kolla are two of the most memorable in the whole genre.  6/09/2006


Jane Davis, Michael Connelly's sister and webmaster/publicist e-mailed to say, "Saw the note on your site. ECHO PARK, the next Harry Bosch novel, will be released in the UK on September 20th. It will be released in the USA on October 9th."  I guess that answers that question.  6/09/2006


I read somewhere (don't remember where) that the next Michael Connelly (ECHO PARK) is being published in the U.K. before it is published in the U.S.  Can anyone confirm that?  Collectors will want to know that.  6/09/2006


The June edition of Bookaholic is out. Entertaining as always.  Once you click on this link then look to the right of the page for the Bookaholic link.  It will then appear as a PDP file.   6/09/06


I received the following e-mail from publicist Heather Drucker: 

"I want to tell you about a new book by mystery writer J.F. Freedman entitled A Killing in the Valley.

There are two main things that are interesting about this publication.  First of all, A Killing in the Valley is Freedman’s return to what he does best—writing thrilling, edge-of-your-seat legal thriller/mysteries set in the West such as his bestselling first novel Against the Wind.  The next thing is that this book is a book club exclusive published under Bookspan’s new imprint Madison Park Press, being offered exclusively to the members of the Literary Guild, Book-of-the-Month Club, Doubleday Book Club and The Mystery Guild, and not in bookstores.

Historically, the various book clubs (Doubleday Entertainment has 35 active book clubs) have published their own books for years; however, the creation of Madison Park Press gives Bookspan the ability to publish under a singular imprint dedicated to nurturing and developing new works and authors."   This is an interesting marketing tactic and if it works we'll see more of it with book clubs.  But what about collectors of the works of J.F. Freedman?  The first edition will be a book club edition -- how confusing is that????   And in the past there has been a great difference in the quality of the actual book -- with the book club edition being made of inferior paper and cardboard stock.  If one of my favorite authors is published first in a book club edition I'm not sure I would join a book club to get it.  If you have thoughts about this, please post them on the DP Bulletin Board.  6/09/2006 


The ever-eccentric Robert B. Parker has done it again.  He is to be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at Bouchercon and has just cancelled his appearance because (get this) he just remembered that it was the weekend of his wedding anniversary.  Far be it for me to advise someone to miss celebrating his wedding anniversary, but it seems to me that it could be celebrated a few days earlier or later -- or better yet, bring his wife along and celebrate in Madison, Wisconsin (well, that might be the problem right there).  Is his wife so rule-bound that something couldn't be worked out to mollify her?  After all, I understand that they live on different floors of the house and have very little contact with one another.   Bouchercon has added Joseph Wambaugh as an additional guest of honor. 6/09/2006


I would KILL to go to this event (what an author lineup!), but am too cheap to PAY to go all the way to England for it: 

Tuesday 18th July 6.00 - 8.30pm
Bodies in the Bookshop - an evening free from speeches and readings.
Make murder your business and book an evening to die for, with a body of the best crime writers including:
Carla Banks, Ray Banks, Victoria Blake, Stephen Booth, Maureen Carter, Kate Charles, Barbara Cleverly, Chris Collett, Natasha Cooper, Charles Cumming, Judith Cutler, Penny Deacon, Ruth Downie, Nick Drake, Ron Ellis, Frances Fyfield, Seth Garner, David Gibbins, Philip Gooden, Jason Goodwin, Susanna Gregory, Allan Guthrie, Peter Guttridge, June Hampson, Veronica Heley, Lesley Horton, Peter James, Jim Kelly, Deryn Lake, Simon Levack, Peter Lovesey, Adrian Magson, Edward Marston, Andrew Martin, Priscilla Masters, Margaret Murphy, Stuart Pawson, Andrew Pepper, Ann Purser, Sheila Quigley, Justin Richards, Liz Rigbey, Mike Ripley, David Roberts, C. J. Sansom, Zoe Sharp, Chris Simms, Michelle Spring, Nick Stone, Andrew Taylor, D. J. Taylor, Frank Tallis, Edwin Thomas, James Twining, Martyn Waites, John Wilcox & Laura Wilson (confirmed so far) who will be signing their books at Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge. This is a ticketed event ONLY. Tickets, cost £5.00, (£3.00 redeemable against any purchase on the evening) can be obtained from the Ground Floor Cash Desk at 20 Trinity Street or by contacting Richard Reynolds on 01223 568532/email: literature@heffers.co.uk 
If you are unable to attend the event but would like signed copies please contact Richard Reynolds   6/09/06


Deverell wins Arthur Ellis Award for 'April Fool'


William Deverell's April Fool has won the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award for best novel from the Crime Writers of Canada.

The Arthur Ellis Awards, named for the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, were awarded Thursday night in Toronto.

Deverell, who won the Dashiell Hammett Award for his 1997 novel Trial of Passion, is winning the Arthur award for the second time.

Deverell has brought back defence attorney Arthur Beauchamp for a comic turn in April Fool. Beauchamp, now retired on B.C.'s Garibaldi Island, agrees to defend an old client accused of murder. As he unlocks the mystery of who really did the killing, his new wife takes up residence in a tree to save it from loggers.

The other nominees were Rick Blechta for Cemetery of the Nameless, Giles Blunt for Blackfly Season, Alex Brett for Cold Dark Matter and Peter Robinson for Strange Affair.

It is the 23rd year for the awards, which honour excellence in Canadian crime writing.

The Arthur Ellis Award for best non-fiction book went to Rebecca Godfrey for Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk, about the murder of a B.C. teen by a group of other teenagers.

Godfrey was competing against a roster of strong non-fiction crime books, including Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud's Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild, about the death of a native teen; Daniel Sanger's biker tale Hell's Witness and Linda Diebel's Betrayed: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa, about the murder of a Mexican activist.

The other winners of 2006 Arthur awards are:

Best First Novel:  Louise Penny for Still Life.
Best Short Story: Rick Mofina  for Lightning Rider in Murder in Vegas.
Best Juvenile: Vicki Grant for Quid Pro Quo.
Best Crime Writing in French: Gérald Galarneau for Motel Riviera.  [Source: Iden Ford]



Here are some more of the CWA Dagger Award short lists (still to come are the Historical Dagger and Short Story Dagger nominations): 


EXCURSION TO TINDARI - Andrea Camilleri (translated by Stephen Sartarelli)
AUTUMN OF THE PHANTOMS - Yasmina Khadra (translated by Aubrey Botsford)
DEAD HORSEMEAT - Dominique Manotti (translated by Amanda Hopkinson & Ros Schwartz)
BORKMANN'S POINT - Hakan Nesser (translated by Laurie Thompson)
BLOOD ON THE SADDLE - Rafael Reig (translated by Paul Hammond)
THE THREE EVANGELISTS - Fred Vargas (translated by Sian Reynolds)


THE LINCOLN LAWYER - Michael Connelly
SWEET GUM - Jo-Ann Goodwin
PIG ISLAND - Mo Hayder
MR CLARINET - Nick Stone
THE MERCY SEAT - Martyn Waites
CONTACT ZERO - David Wolstencroft


IMMORAL - Brian Freeman
STILL LIFE - Louise Penny
ICE TRAP - Kitty Sewell


A DEATH IN BELMONT - Sebastian Junger
THE DEATH OF INNOCENTS - Sister Helen Prejean
UNDER AND ALONE - William Queen
THE DAGENHAM MURDER -Linda Rhodes, Lee Sheldon and Kathryn Abnett

THE DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY  (Nominated and judged by librarians and awarded to an author for a body of work, not one single title)

Anthony Horowitz
Lesley Horton
Jim Kelly
Margaret Murphy
Danuta Reah (aka Carla Banks)
C.J. Sansom
Cath Staincliffe

This is an interesting category and reflects the authors that librarians like to recommend to their patrons.  Two of my favorites (who are close friends as well), Margaret Murphy and Cath Staincliffe, are most deserved nominees.  I don't have a vote, but this one would be very difficult for me personally.  And the other authors on the list are no slouches either.  Thanks to Ali Karim for sending this information so promptly.  5/30/2006

Mike Bursaw reports that John Dunning is recovering slowly from his recent operation. He is unable to write with his right hand as of yet.  Prayers and best wishes to John and his family. 5/27/2006

Well, the Solomonic baby has been cut in half again. Here are the Barry Award nominees. As happens each year, some of my favorites that I hoped would get on the final short list didn’t make it (Deon Meyer’s DEAD AT DAYBREAK, P.J. Tracy’s DEAD RUN, Chris Knopf’s THE LAST REFUGE, to mention a few) – but that happened to each nominating committee member also. That is what consensus is all about – and the list we came up with is pretty darned good. Thanks go out to the Barry Award nomination committee members :

Maggie Mason

Larry Gandle 

Ali Karim 

Barbara Peters 

Beth Fedyn 

Gary Shulze & Pat Frovarp

Mike Bursaw

Sarah Weinman 

Steele Curry

George Easter

Marv Lachman


Thriller Barry Award committee member only

Short Story Barry Award member only


2006 Barry Award Nominations



RED LEAVES, Cook, Thomas H.

MERCY FALLS, Krueger, William Kent

SUDDEN DEATH, Rosenfelt, David

MR. LUCKY, Swain, James




DIE A LITTLE, Abbott, Megan

IMMORAL, Freeman, Brian

BABY GAME, Hicks, Randall

DARK HARBOR, Hosp, David

COLD GRANITE, MacBride, Stuart





LIFELESS, Billingham, Mark

SILENCE OF THE GRAVE, Indridason, Arnaldur 

– o.k. so this is Icelandic, but first English edition is the 2005 British edition – Gold Dagger Winner

A GOOD DAY TO DIE, Kernick, Simon


LOST, Robotham, Michael



COMPANY MAN, Finder, Joseph


THE INSIDE RING, Lawson, Michael


MAP OF BONES, Rollins, James




THE JAMES DEANS, Coleman, Reed Farrell

SIX BAD THINGS, Huston, Charlie
NIGHT’S CHILD, Jennings, Maureen

NOW YOU SEE ME, Rochelle Krich


INSIDE OUT, Miller, John Ramsey



Steve Hockensmith- "The Big Road" (AHMM May 2005)

Peter Lovesey- "Needle Match" (MURDER IS MY RACKET)

Nancy Pickard- "There Is No Crime on Easter Island" (EQMM Sept.-Oct. 2005)

Joan Richter- "Love and Death in Africa" (EQMM January 2005)

Tom Savage- "The Method in Her Madness" (AHMM June 2005)



A few snippets from an Associated Press article entitled "Publishers trim list of new books."  Faced with years of slow and even declining sales, the publishing industry has finally responded in kind.  For the first time since 1999, the number of new books is going down... The price of paper has already gone up twice this year, and publishers, especially the small ones, will have to think very carefully about what to publish...For years the strategy was to put out everything you could. It was like throwing spaghetti against the wall and hoping something would stick. Now, at least for a while, they're finding that publishing less is a more effective way of business."    5/25/2006

The word "Daughter" seems to have become  a popular part of recent (last 10 years or so) book titles.  Here are some examples: Margaret Maron's THE BOOTLEGGER'S DAUGHTER, Sharyn McCrumb's THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER, last year's THE FATMAN'S DAUGHTER by Caroline Petit, this year's upcoming THE ABORTIONIST'S DAUGHTER by Elizabeth Hyde -- and a non-mystery Amy Tan's THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER.  What's up?  Where are the "Son" books?  5/24/2006


The Crime Writers Association today announced the six-book shortlist for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the biggest crime writing prize in the world. The winner  will be announced at the 2006 Dagger Awards ceremony, taking place at the Waldorf Hilton in London's Aldwych on Thursday 29 June.  The winner will win the highest cash prize in the history of crime fiction awards: £20,000!  I was glad to see the Simon Beckett title, one I very much enjoyed reading.  Laura Wilson should be a favorite for having been nominated (for her well-written works) several times without a win.  I recall Margaret Murphy telling me to read the Ann Cleeves novel because it was so well written -- didn't get a copy though.  Tom Cook's Red Leaves seems to be an award favorite this year, so it should have a shot.   Sarah Weinman says on her website that the rest of the shortlists will be announced next Tuesday, May 30th.    5/24/2006

The shortlist is as follows, in author-name alphabetical order:

Simon Beckett: The Chemistry of Death (Bantam)
Ann Cleeves: Raven Black (Macmillan)
Thomas H. Cook: Red Leaves (Quercus)
Frances Fyfield: Safer Than Houses (Little, Brown)
Bill James: Wolves of Memory (Constable)
Laura Wilson: A Thousand Lies (Orion)



Publishers often use gimmickry to gain reviewers' attention (mugs, cds, t-shirts, loaded dice, etc.) I actually like the trinkets I get because when joined with the books they are publicizing, these items make for a more interesting collection (as I sit here to write this I just noticed that I'm wearing a Jack Reacher t-shirt -- I should go over to the bookcase and grab my Jack Reacher dog tags and put them on too.).  This year St. Martin's Minotaur has taken a new approach to sending out some of its advance reading copies.  A few months ago I received a red box with the words "Unleash the Beast" on its cover -- along with artwork showing the minotaur breaking out of its box.  Inside were four arcs (of works that the publisher is especially trying to push in its Spring/Summer list): John Hart's THE KING OF LIES (excellent first novel to be reviewed in the next issue), Louise Penney's STILL LIFE (which was favorably reviewed already in DP -- another excellent first novel; Bev DeWeese will add another review in the next isue), Lori Andrews' SEQUENCE (another first novel -- I think the arc was sent to Larry to review, so I'm hoping for a review in the next issue) and the only non-first novel of the bunch -- Shamus-award-winning Daniel Judson's very dark and aptly named THE DARKEST PLACE, set not too far from where I grew up on Long Island (am just starting this -- talked to Gary Niebuhr about it and he thought it very dark, but very cleverly plotted).   Well, this package certainly got my attention and the novels it contained certainly deserve the publicity that St. Martin's Minotaur has given it.  Well yesterday I got a yellow box with the words "The Beast Breaks Out!" on it (with a pix of the Minotaur breaking out of a box -- I think that "break out" are the two favorite words in a publisher's vocabulary and they cause the publisher to salivate and think of dollar signs).  Inside are four arcs from St. Martin's Minotaur's Fall lineup, none of which are first novels: ALL MORTAL FLESH by Julia Spencer-Fleming (the latest in the van Alstyne/Clare Fergusson series), A STOLEN SEASON by Steve Hamilton (Alex McKnight -- hurray, at last!), STRIPPED by Brian Freeman (his follow-up to my favorite first novel of last year -- IMMORAL), and, last year's Gold Dagger Award winner SILENCE OF THE GRAVE by Arnaldur Indridason (sequel to JAR CITY; the author will be at Bouchercon this year; Larry thought this very deserving of the award.).  WOW!  I didn't know that Minotaur would continue with this promotion, but I'm sure glad that it is!   I wonder what color the next box will be???   Whatever it is I'm sure to be salivating by the time I open it.  5/12/2006


Mystery Ink has announced the winners of this year's Gumshoe Awards. As always some interesting choices, both in the nominees and winners -- some of which may show up on our Barry Award nominations.   5/12/2006


ThrillerFest has announced its program schedule.  Don't see any mention of Clive Cussler participating except perhaps at the Awards Banquet, which is disappointing to me.  Otherwise it looks like a fun time -- especially the Jack Reacher mock murder trial. As part of the opening ceremonies on Thursday night there will be a mass signing of THRILLER (Mira, $24.95, June, 2006). My guess is about 20 of the authors who contributed to this short story collection will be there to sign -- a great memento of the convention. 5/12/2006


I'm starting the Barry Award process, so those on the committees will be hearing from me soon. 5/05/2006


A couple of comments on Robert Ferrigno's PRAYERS FOR THE ASSASSIN, a novel set in the future in which most of the U.S. is an Islamic Republic (Not Utah though).  Sarah Weinman reports that it is the first of a trilogy.  The second novel will begin about 3 years after the end of PRAYERS.  There was a lot of publicity about PRAYERS when it came out at the beginning of February, 2006. I saw it prominently displayed in local bookstores, but I noted with interest that starting about six weeks ago, it was placed on a table at Barnes & Noble (along with a few other titles included the new Linda Fairstein) with "50% off" stickers.  Then I was shocked to find in last week on the remainder table at B&N with a $5.95 price sticker.  I understand that it sold well, but probably not as well as some of the chains expected.  I can't ever remember a 3-month-old book going to remainder.  Any thoughts -- e-mail me at george@deadlypleasures.com or post thoughts on the DP Bulletin Board.  5/05/2006


I have added a number of titles to the DP LIST of Best Mysteries of 2006.  It is shaping up as a very good year, especially in the First Mystery Novels and Paperback Original categories, which will both be covered by articles in the next issue of DP.  Also updated is the DP Calendar I was very impressed by the logo for the 2007 Bouchercon in Alaska.5/05/2006

We've all heard the complaints about lack of information on the Bouchercon site (apparently due in part to the inaction of their webmaster), so it was good news when Beth Fedyn and Maggie Mason e-mailed with the new Bouchercon website information.  I hope this one is better maintained and updated.  5/05/2006


I went to the local Salt Lake City mystery bookclub meeting (Books To Die For) last night for the discussion of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, last year's Barry Award winner for Best First Novel.  It was universally liked by all who attended.  In my opinion it should be a classic and read by future generations.  It certainly will be on my shortlist of consideration for Book of the Decade (along with Reg Hill's DIALOGUES OF THE DEAD and Michael Connelly's THE LINCOLN LAWYER as of now).  5/05/2006


Larry Gandle comes through again with a call to me from the Edgar Award Banquet as the winners are being announced!  Here are the Edgar Winners for fiction:

Best Novel: CITIZEN VINCE by Jess Walter

Best First Novel: OFFICER DOWN by Theresa Schwegel

Best Paperback Original: GIRL IN THE GLASS by Jeffrey Ford

4/27/2006 at 8:05 p.m. MDT


Finally -- a list of authors attending Bouchercon this year. I was glad to see John Lutz sign up -- after about a 10-year absence. He is still one of my favorite P.I. novelists.  I was also glad to see that Dagger Winner Arnaldur Indridason (JAR CITY) coming from Iceland. Cool!   4/26/2006


Here are the Agatha Award Winners: 

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Robert Barnard
Poirot Award:
Doug Greene
Best Novel:
THE BODY IN THE SNOWDRAFT, by Katherine Hall Page (Morrow)
Best First Novel:
BETTER OFF WED, by Laura Durham (HarperCollins)
Best Non-Fiction:
Best Short Story:
"Driven to Distraction," by Marcia Talley (in CHESAPEAKE CRIME 2; Quiet Storm)                          
I'm delighted to see Doug Greene win the Poirot Award.  Most, most, most deserving.  4/25/2006


The Arthur Ellis Award nominations for the best in Canadian crime fiction have been announced: 

Best Novel
Rick Blechta, Cemetery of the Nameless (RendezVous Press)
Giles Blunt, Blackfly Season (Random House Canada)
Alex Brett, Cold Dark Matter (Castle Street Mystery/Dundurn)
William Deverell, April Fool (McClelland & Stewart)
Peter Robinson, Strange Affair (McClelland & Stewart)

Best First Novel
Rob Harasymchuk, The Joining of Dingo Radish (Great Plains Publications)
Mike Harrison, All Shook Up (ECW Press)
Illona Haus,Blue Mercy (Pocket Star Books/Simon & Schuster)
Louise Penny, Still Life (McArthur & Company)
Ilona van Mil, Sugarmilk Falls(McClelland & Stewart)

Best Short Story
Melanie Fogel, “Plenty of Time” in When Boomers Go Bad (RendezVous Press)
Day’s Lee, “The Red Pagoda” in When Boomers Go Bad (RendezVous Press)
Rick Mofina, “Lightning Rider” in Murder in Vegas (Forge Books)
James Powell, “The Headless Horseman and the Horseless Carriage” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (September/October 2005)
Coleen Steele, “The Knitting Circle” in Storyteller (Winter 2005)


Be sure to check in late Thursday night or early Friday morning for the Edgar Award winners.  I will post them as soon as Larry calls from the awards banquet on Thursday night.  We should be the first on the web.  4/25/2006


It appears that Bouchercon will be setting up a new website (don't know the details, but I suspect that the prior webmaster was not performing).  It should be up soon.  I'll let you know when I get word.  4/25/2006


The very aggressive International Thriller Writers Association will be coming out with a short story collection aptly named THRILLER (Mira, $24.95, June, 2006) which is another big, fat book -- 573 pages.  It contains 30 short stories by a who's who of thriller writers -- Lee Child, Steve Berry, Lincoln Child, James Grippando, Denise Hamilton, Gregg Hurwitz, Alex Kava, John Lescroart, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell, Chris Mooney, Katherine Neville, Michael Palmer, Douglas Preston, Christopher Reich, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, James Siegel, Brad Thor, among others.  For those attending ThrillerFest this would be a great autograph book -- and you might want to read it asa well.  4/25/2006


ThrillerFest is fast approaching (June 28-July 2) and the author line-up is really impressive. I've all but decided to go (just have to check with my out-of-town in-laws to see if I can stay with them).  We should have a good contingent of DP staffers there: Ali Karim, Maggie Mason and Larry Gandle so far.  Of our Barry Thriller committee (Larry Gandle, Steele Curry, Mike Bursaw and I) at least three out of four will be there.  Hope to see some of you there as well!  4/25/2006


Curious as to whom will win this year's Edgar Awards?  Stay tuned to this page.  Larry Gandle is attending the Awards Banquet and will call me as soon as the Awards are announced. I will type them on this page immediately.  I believe the Banquet is next Thursday evening.  NYC is two hours ahead of us so I should have these winners up before most of us go to bed.  Thanks Larry.  4/21/2006


Here's some news about John Dunning from Salt Lake City rare book dealer Ken Sanders (as sent to me by Maggie Mason):  As many of you already know, our old pals John and Helen Dunning, have had a hell of a week. Helen let us know just about a week ago that John had been taken to the hospital on an emergency basis for unknown reasons. Subsequently a gallstone the size of a golf ball I'm told was removed from somewhere in John's innards. Unfortunately this didn't seem to make the award winning author of the Cliff Janeway biblio-detective novels, among other books, any better.
Next they discovered a golf ball sized tumor deep in the recesses of John's brain ( didn't even know John played golf). Fortunately for Cliff Janeway fans, this tumor isn't cancerous, and despite it's size and location, plans are underway to first shrink the damned thing and then remove it. John has been temporarily allowed to go home prior to this very serious and scary surgery, although I'm told he isn't allowed to be left home alone, because he won't follow doctor's orders or do what he's told. For those of you who know John, this will not come as a surprise. Helen, daughter Katie and friends are doing the best they can at forcing the old wise cracking curmudgeon into submission.
For those of us who know and love the Dunnings this has come as quite a shock. The relief is, after his successful surgery is completed, the old John Dunning will be back bigger and better than ever as they say. (I've come to rely on that free meal and drinks at the Dunnings every August after the book fair!)
John's health has been puzzling everyone for the past two years. He just hasn't been his old self. The author tours in the Spring have been an ordeal and he had to cancel the one scheduled for this Spring. Apparently he had a pretty good excuse.
As I mentioned, John is temporarily back home until the surgery, and John and Helen and Katie, all would, I suspect, appreciate your good wishes, good thoughts and whatever else you wish to send their way.  But please, no golf balls!  4/18/2006


Our English correspondent Ali Karim has sent this link to some excellent author photos taken at by his friend Mary Reagan at the recent LeftCoast Crime Convention in Bristol, England. You have to scroll down just a bit to get to them. Thanks. Ali  04/18/2006


I have read several good books lately (mostly on the exercise bike -- I'm up to 50 minutes a day, with a goal of losing 20 pounds -- already down 9 pounds).  Two first novels: THE FAITHFUL SPY by Alex Berenson (April 25) tells the story of an American spy who has lived undercover for years and has infiltrated Al Quaeda. Exciting and well-told.  THE KING OF LIES by John Hart ((May 23) got three starred reviews from the library journals.  North Carolina lawyer Work Pickens is the chief suspect in his father's murder and must find a way to stay out of jail without pointing police in the direction of his sister whom he believes to be the murderer.  Intense and beautifully written.  I'm just about finished with James O. Born's ESCAPE CLAUSE, which is a straight-forward, page-turning read set in a prison-- we know who the bad guys are, just not if or how they will be caught.   And then there is THE LAST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins (HardCase Crime, August 1, 2006), a wonderfully readable reprise of the Quarry character (similar to Richard Stark's Parker), which is one of the best novels by Al Collins that I've ever read -- and that despite the sex, profanity and violence (this would be a hard "R" if it were a movie).   The cover art by Robert McGinnis is vintage Gold Medal and should win an award.    I applaud HardCase Crime for this admirable paperback original (more on this in the cover article in the next issue of DP)



The next Reviewed to Death title is DEAD BEFORE DYING by South African writer Deon Meyer.  This is his third novel to be published here in the U.S. by LittleBrown.  I loved the first two, giving them both high marks in my reviews.  He is someone who deserves best-sellerdom, so I hope the little light we can show on his work will help his career a bit.  Publication date is May 9, 2006, but hardcovers should be available in a week or two.  Those on the Reviewed to Death staff will get a hardcover as soon as I get them and send them out.  4/27/2006  


Larry says that the CWA Dagger shortlists will be announced on May 29, 2006.  The awards ceremony will be at the end of June.  Because of the virtual non-existence of lead time this year, Larry's critique of the nominees with be a retrospective one.  4/17/2006


Hi. I'm back. Taxes all done and paid for (Uggh!).  The latest issue DP (#47) was mailed last Wednesday.  Hope that delivery is rapid.  I was disappointed with the job that the printer did with some of the photos in it (especially one of Ali and Maggie).  I'll have to figure out how to avoid that happening again in the future.  By the way, I am looking out the window at a snow storm -- it was sunny and in the 70s last week.  Go figure!  4/17/2006


I received the following message from British author Stephen Booth:                                          I was browsing the Deadly Pleasures site, and saw your comment about the lack of
an authors list for the Madison Bouchercon.

I don't think I've been alone in experiencing problems with online registration
over the last few weeks, but the wonderful volunteers on the organising
committee have bent over backwards to help me out. So I'm now registered, for a
start. Also attending from this side of the pond will be Mark Billingham, Ken
Bruen, John Connolly and Simon Levack, among others.

Hope that helps a bit!

Incidentally, the 5th Cooper & Fry novel ONE LAST BREATH will be published in
the USA in hardcover this July, following my move to Bantam Dell. The same book
is also on the longlist for the Theakston's UK Crime Novel of the Year Award
2006. There are 20 great novels on the list, but readers now have the chance to
vote online for the final six:

Click here

Bouchercon 37 is very late in getting a list of attendees up on their site.  I've e-mailed them, but have gotten no response.  About a month ago Maggie Mason contacted the organizers and they said a full list would be up in two weeks.  Well, that was about two weeks ago.  I've heard from some people that were planning on going, but won't commit until they see a list of authors.  Hope someone can light a fire under them.  4/05/2006


I spoke too soon.  Dick Francis is coming out of a six-year retirement with UNDER ORDERS, a Putnam release this coming fall.  I just hope that he really wrote it.  4/05/2006


DP 47 was taken to the printer on Tuesday.  I hope to mail it next Monday. 4/05/2006