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November 8, 2015

Matthew FitzSimmons debut thriller THE SHORT DROP is the #1 Kindle Bestseller in US, UK and Australia!

Matthew FitzSimmons debut thriller THE SHORT DROP
is the #1 Kindle Bestseller in US, UK and Australia. Check out the hottest novel of the fall. A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand. Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth. Use the link in the title above, or click here for more information:

September 30, 2014

A New York Times Best Seller! Robert B. Parker's BLIND SPOT: A Jesse Stone Novel, by Reed Farrel Coleman

Reed Farrel Coleman takes over the reins writing the Jesse Stone books for the Robert B. Parker estate. Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot (A Jesse Stone Novel) ">BLIND SPOT, the first Jesse Stone book written by Coleman, has a bestselling debut in both hardcover and ebook formats on The New York Times Best Sellers List Congratulations to Reed and to the Parker, InkWell and Putnam teams. Bravo!

January 19, 2014

Legendary Bookeller Jim Huang has something to say about Print-on-Demand

On a discussion list, a writer who publishes digitally on the Kindle platform suggests that the bookstore of the future will consist of an on-site print on demand machine that produces books to order.  The “day of publishers printing up a quantity of books will be gone,” he suggests.


November 9, 2012

Brooklyn Bridge Panoramic

Originally uploaded by dhslit
I took this on a run across the bridge and back on October 17, 2012. Crossing the bridge on foot is one of the best NYC experiences.

June 11, 2012

Nick Wechsler Acquires Michael Korytas Forthcoming Novel ‘The Prophet’ for Feature Film Adaptation

Producer Nick Wechsler has acquired The Prophet, the upcoming Michael Koryta novel that will be published in August by Little, Brown & Company. Wechsler has already attached screenwriter Reid Carolin to adapt it.   Carolin and Channing Tatum are partners in Iron Horse Entertainment.  

The Prophet is a tale of two distant brothers in a small Ohio town whose torment over the murder of their sister in their teens is compounded when another teenaged girl is killed. One of the brothers is determined to avenge that killing, even if it means committing murder himself. “We’ve been fans of Michael’s masterful writing for some time, and know that this powerful new novel is perfect for the screen,” Wechsler said. “We were drawn to its themes of family, faith and fear, all set against the backdrop of a gripping serial killer mystery. This story is a perfect mix of thrills, strong characters, and unbreakable bonds.”

Koryta is currently adapting his novel So Cold The River for New Regency, and Chris Columbus acquired Koryta’s novel Cypress House, with Columbus writing the script and directing. Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company made the deal for David Hale Smith and Richard Pine of InkWell Management. Lawrence Rose is the lawyer.

Charlie Hardie the All-Star

Duane Swierczynski's character Charlie "Unkillable Chuck" Hardie's first outing FUN & GAMES is nominated for a Barry, Shamus, and now, an Anthony award.  I guess Duane had better go to Cleveland for Bouchercon, after all... J

Subject: 2012 Anthony Award Nominations

The End of Everything - Megan Abbott
Hurt Machine - Reed Coleman
The Drop - Michael Connelly
A Trick of the Light - Louise Penny
One Was a Soldier - Julia Spencer-Fleming

Learning to Swim - Sara J. Henry
Nazareth Child - Darrell James
All Cry Chaos - Leonard Rosen
Who Do, Voodoo? - Rochelle Staab
The Informationist - Taylor Stevens
Purgatory Chasm - Steve Ulfelder
Before I Go to Sleep - S.J. Watson

The Company Man - Robert Bennett
Choke Hold - Christa Faust
Buffalo West Wing - Julie Hyzy
Death of the Mantis - Michael Stanley
Fun & Games - Duane Swierczynski
Vienna Twilight - Frank Tallis

"Disarming" - Dana Cameron, EQMM June
"The Case of Death and Honey" - Neil Gaiman, A Study In Sherlock
"Palace by the Lake" - Daryl Wood Gerber, Fish Tales
"Truth and Consequences" - Barb Goffman, Mystery Times Ten
"The Itinerary" - Roberta Isleib, The Rich and The Dead
"Happine$$" - Twist Phelan, The Rich and The Dead

Books, Crooks and Counselors - Leslie Budewitz
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making - John Curran
On Conan Doyle - Michael Dirda
Detecting Women - Philippa Gates
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion - Charlaine Harris

Congratulations to all the nominees!

A more detailed nominee listing can be found at:

December 9, 2011

The New York Times Picks Two by Michael Koryta as Best of 2011

In her Notable Crime Books of 2011 column,
MARILYN STASIO takes a look back at some of the best mysteries reviewed this year.   She chose BOTH of Michael Koryta's novels, The Cypress House and The Ridge, as her favorite supernatural mysteries of 2011.  

Bravo, Mr. Koryta.  What do you have up for your sleeve for your next trick?