Sunday, March 28, 2004

Greetings from the Road 

There's a good reason why I don't like posting when I'm away from home. I don't get the same, I dunno, "vibe" sitting in a room not my own, looking over stealthily at the clock to see if I have enough time left. The chair doesn't feel right, the computer lab forbidding. But despite all that, I'm here, and I keep finding links to post...

Level Best Books is a fairly new small press that's being run out of New England. Their most recent offering is a mystery anthology called UNDERTOW, which features some highly regarded writers like Kate Flora and G. Miki Hayden. Their owners are profiled in Town Online.

The Contra Costa times wonders who are king of the thrillers and who are destined to become classics. Their money for classic-in-the-making is bet on Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels. I couldn't agree more, as these thrillers are fast-paced, well-written and especially in the later installments, have a serious amount of depth. Very good stuff.

Richard Morgan is the author of three well-regarded Sci-fi/mystery hybrid novels, with MARKET FORCES the most recent one out in the UK. He chatted with Crow's Nest about his work, his influences, and offers some tidbits about the next book, a return to his cybernoir gumshoe Takeshi Kovacs.

John Connolly's currently in the midst of yet another horrendously long Neverending Tour, this time for his standalone BAD MEN. He spoke with the Maine Press Herald, the state where the book is set, about what prompted him to switch gears from the Charlie Parker series to a one-off.

The Flint Journal-Review rounds up some lesser-known crime fiction lights such as Jodi Compton, David Farris and John B. Robinson.

The Salem Statesman-Journal really digs Phillip Margolin's new book SLEEPING BEAUTY. It's the kind of book you can read in a couple of hours on a plane, enjoy it while you're reading, and put it out of your mind once it's done. Fun, but decidedly popcorn fare.

Looks like Jonathon King's been getting better since his first book, THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT, won the Edgar for Best First Novel of 2002. He's back with installment #3 of his Florida-set Max Freeman series, and SHADOW MEN earns the praise of the Miami Herald and the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.

The one who reviewed the King book for the Sentinel was Erin Hart, whose follow-up to HAUNTED GROUND will appear in bookstores later this year. She was in Austin recently and the Daily Herald caught up with her to talk about her affinity for Ireland, where the books are based, and what she's working on now.

And finally, just as I get to town, they find Cecilia. A sad end to a baffling case, with far too many questions still left to answer.

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