Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Looking Forward, Looking Back

Dope Thief appeared on some 'best of' lists for crime fiction for the year, and in some excellent company:

January Magazine's Best Crime Fiction of the Year list in a nice mention by Kevin Burton Smith.

BSC Reviews Best Mystery/Crime Fiction of the Year in the lists from Keith Rawson and Brian Lindenmuth, both of whom have been incredible in getting the word out about Dope Thief.

And it turns out Dope Thief was the best selling crime book at Farley's Bookshop in New Hope, which is a really cool thing to have happen at a store that's been so supportive.

Highlights for 2010:

I'll have a short story, "Doe Run Road" at the excellent crime website, Plots With Guns.

I'm working on a story right now for CrimeFactory. I'll let everyone know the title as soon as it's accepted. Crimefactory was a cool crime zine that's being revived by Keith Rawson and Cameron Ashley and should be back as a website in January.

In June, my second novel The Wolves of Fairmount Park, will be coming from Minotaur Books.

I'll also have a story in the upcoming Philadelphia Noir, from Askashic Books, edited by Carlin Romano. I don't have a date yet, but I'll keep everyone posted.

Hope everyone has an excellent New Year's!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 12th Liars Club Event: Two Bookstores in One Day.

On Saturday December 12th we’ll be having a very special, two-timing holiday event in New Hope, PA as we party with our old friends at Farley’s Book Shop, and new friends at Canterbury Tales around the corner in Peddler’s Village. We arrive at 11:00 am and finish up at 7:00, making this our longest party yet.

Liars LA Banks, Marie Lamba, Jonathan Maberry, Gregory Frost, Merry Jones, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, and Don Lafferty will spend the day bouncing back and forth, between these two indies. I gotta believe spiked holiday beverages will have to be part of this gig.

Here’s the rotation, but we expect the area to be packed with holiday shoppers and revelers, so the times on this schedule may fall to pieces depending on the way the day plays out.

Kelly and Greg
11 am-1 pm.: Farley’s Bookshop, 44 S. Main St., New Hope, PA
3-5 pm: Canterbury Tales, Rt 263 and Street Rd., Lahaska, PA at Peddlers Village

Merry and Maberry
1-3 pm: Farley’s
5-7 pm: Canterbury Tales

Marie and Keith
11 am-1 p.m.: Canterbury Tales
3-5 pm.: Farley’s

LA Banks, Don and Dennis
1-3 pm: Canterbury Tales
5-7 pm: Farley’s

Here’s a map showing the locations of both book shops. They’re less than 5 miles apart; about a 10 minute drive without traffic.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Minotaur Spring Catalog

Huddled Masses,

The new Spring catalog is out from my publisher, Minotaur Books , and you can see The Wolves of Fairmount Park under 'July.'

You can also see what the jacket art is most likely going to look like, though it might be tweaked slightly, according to my editor. It has a nicely dark, gothic feel, doesn't it? Let me know what you think.

The book centers on the shooting of two boys in front of a dope house in Philadelphia, and it follows a young detective and the addict uncle of one of the boys as they each try to uncover what actually led to the shooting.

I hope it will appeal to everyone who enjoyed Dope Thief. Wolves is a more complex story, told from multiple viewpoints, including family members, cops and criminals, but it's still in the same dark thematic territory of violent crime, broken families, corruption and the desperate wishes of deeply flawed people that they can finally do the right thing.

I think bound manuscripts should be available soon, and I hope to be able to get out to even more bookstores, libraries, conferences and workshops next year than I did this year in support of Dope Thief.