Monday, October 27, 2003

It's time for Lunch 

Lots and lots of new deals reported, but as usual, I'll just zero in on the ones that interest me.

"Historian Joshua Zeitz's FLAPPER, a narrative history of the flapper in Jazz Age America, as well as the men and women--from F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald to Clara Bow--who invented and embodied this new type, to Rachel Klayman at Crown, by Susan Ginsburg at Writers House

The 1920s fascinate me and have ever since high school, when I wrote an essay on various famous crimes that took place in that decade for my senior year history project. (Didn't hurt that I read THE GREAT GATSBY the same year.) Although it's been a while since I revisited the subjects, I still think there were a lot of parallels between then and now--well, the 1990s in particular--in how media and culture related to the world. And the flappers, of course, were a part of all this.

"Camille Forbes's THE BERT WILLIAMS STORY, a biography of the phenomenally successful vaudeville star who blazed a trail for every black performer in American show business, to Liz Maguire at Basic Civitas, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2006, by Tina Bennett at Janklow & Nesbit (world English)."

Well it's about time Bert got his own biography, since he's virtually unknown now and deserves the same kind of recognition for trailblazing that Jackie Robinson did for baseball. And Williams' story is likely less fraught with stereotyping than Bill "Bojangles" Robinson....

"Dr. Christopher J. Kurtz and Robert D. Hunter.'s DARK TRUTHS: Modern Theories of Serial Murder, an examination of serial murder that presents new psychological models that explore the motivations and compulsive behaviors of serial killers, suggesting that their crimes are best understood as part of an addictive cycle, plus insights from the killers themselves, to Kerri Sharp at Virgin, in a nice deal, by Frank Weimann at the Literary Group (UK)."

Oh yay, another one. I guess this is supposed to be the antidote to Ressler & Douglas's tomes SEXUAL HOMICIDE and CRIME CLASSIFICATION MANUAL, never mind many, many others.

"Alison Pace's first novel IF ANDY WARHOL HAD A GIRLFRIEND, about a young woman looking for love in the New York art world, to Allison McCabe, at Berkley, in a nice deal, by Peter Miller at PMA Literary & Film Management (NA)."

I only linked this because I liked the title. Although it says here that it's Pace's first novel, I found a listing that claims she's written two romance novels back in 1988 and 1989, but it's entirely possible they are not the same person.

Crime fiction related:

"Gammy Singer 's LANDLORD TALES, set in Harlem in 1976, about a likeable ex-con and ex-numbers banker who leaves this world behind to serve as the landlord for two brownstones left to him by his father, and the skeleton he finds in the basement wall of one of the brownstones turns out to be his murdered mother--who he had been told died in childbirth--and now he wants to
know who killed her, to Karen Thomas at Dafina, in a good deal, for two books by Frank Weimann at The Literary Group (NA).

Hmm, this sounds interesting, and I must admit I'm always on the lookout for black crime writers, since there really are so appallingly few.

"Federal appeals court Judge Eugene Sullivan's THE MAJORITY, about a judge who finds himself in the middle of a string of murders to cover up a murderous conspiracy to fix cases on the U.S. Court of Appeals, to Tom Doherty at Tor, in a nice deal, by Frank Weimann at the Literary Group (NA)."

Oooh, another legal/political thriller. Are they going to put "Judge" on the cover, or leave it out?

"Trevor Scott's FATAL NETWORK, the first book in the Jake Adams international thriller series, in which a former CIA officer must battle German and Hungarian agents to secure high tech computer technology for the new Joint Strike Fighter, and EXTREME FACTION, to Roger Cooper at iBooks, in a nice deal (world)."

Scott is another graduate from POD to real publishing, as FATAL NETWORK was first made available in 1998. There are a few more books in the series, and Scott has put out several other novels as well.

"Steinbeck scholar and University of Carolina English Professor Brian Railsback's THE DARKEST CLEARING, a thriller featuring an environmental terrorist trained as a CIA Special Ops who's determined to return America's most famous national park to nature by killing every human that enters it, with only a lone female Park Ranger left to stop him, to John Gist at High Sierra, in a
nice deal, by Jodie Rhodes (NA)."

Seems like environmental terrorism is kind of hot deal-wise. Anyway, Railsback is also the author of a non-fiction book comparing Charles Darwin to John Steinbeck.

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