December 18, 2006
Miz Schwegel's Edgar award-winning and Anthony nominated OFFICER DOWN joins fellow DHS champ Sean Doolittle's THE CLEANUP on the November bestseller list.
Doolittle also gets a superb review from Otto Penzler, who calls our boy "one of the bright stars among the galaxy of talented young authors who write with style and authority…The Cleanup is…the perfect noir movie”.
Michael Koryta's SORROW'S ANTHEM is another all-star, as one of the best mysteries of the year.
December 15, 2006
Why would THE BLONDE by Duane Swierczynski "make a cracking good movie”? It's either a result of the author being a sensitive, paranoid, walking innuendo, whose previous book THE WHEELMAN is the first pick for NY Mysterious Bookshop's brand spanking new hardboiled mystery discussion group. Or, it might have something to do with the THE BLONDE being "so much more than a terrific action-packed thrill ride” that “rockets forward with inventive ferocity.” If this fantastic review in Mysterious News still doesn't convince you, then it's time for a visit from our dear friend Kowalski.
Another thoughtful book - and perfect gift for the holidays - is THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP by Roger and Sally Horchow. Check out Sally and her childhood buddy Owen Wilson in the December issue of People magazine.
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"Doolittle...is in absolute command of every element and infuses this novel with a strong sense of wistfulness. Read it soon. Hell, read it now."
"Schwegel's second novel is...a damn fine crime novel - one that builds up hopes of even greater work from the Edgar-winning author."
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October 23, 2006
Alan Peppard reports in The Dallas Morning News:
"Lethal Weapon and Matrix producer Joel Silver's decision to raise $240 million directly from Wall Street is sweet music to Dallas literary agent David Hale Smith. The first film Joel's Dark Castle Productions plans to make is based on Greg Rucka's Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Whiteout. David and his Dallas-based DHS Literary represent Mr. Rucka. The Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb.com) has already suggested Reese Witherspoon is attached to star.
"I can't confirm or deny that," says David."
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Densely woven, economical and utterly assured. Relative newcomer Hunt plots like a veteran of urban warfare."
- Kirkus Reviews
October 16, 2006
Greg Rucka's Eisner Award-winning graphic novel WHITEOUT is going to be adapted for the big screen via Joel Silver's new "mini-studio within the studio" at Warner Brothers. After this story about it ran in the New York Times yesterday, Variety reports today that Silver's Dark Castle Prods. has raised $240 million from half a dozen investment firms to make 15 films over the next six years, with Warner Bros. aboard to distribute the entire slate. WHITEOUT has been announced as the first First Dark Castle film to be made under the deal. The pic is expected to start production this winter for release in the first quarter of 2008.
Of course, we've known about this for a while, but its nice to see it "officially" announced to the world. Congratulations, Greg. The fun is just beginning.
October 13, 2006
"Seems like everyone in Chicago is crooked, and starry-eyed rookie patrolman Ray Weiss learns the cops are no exception when he’s told to rob a jewelry store as part of his initiation onto the force in Edgar-winner Schwegel’s fast-paced second crime novel (after 2005’s Officer Down)...the genuinely intriguing story leaves no time for impatience or disengagement."
"Swierczynski’s The Wheel Man (2005) was an adrenaline-charged thrill ride through the streets of Philadelphia, and this one is, too. But where Wheel Man offered an inventive take on a traditional crime scenario—the heist gone wrong—The Blonde serves up more high--concept fare....If the premise sounds hard to swallow, it’s worth taking the bait. This is another fast, funny, and action-packed outing from a writer who, fortunately for us, doesn’t seem to know how to slow down."
"Imagine an episode of 24 written by Robin Cook, and you've got a pretty good idea of Swierczynski's (The Wheelman) second novel. Two parts adrenaline rush, one part medical thriller, this twisted story starts with a bang and rarely slows down....Full of offbeat characters, excruciatingly reckless twists, and sardonic humor, this fun ride shows great promise for a rising author. Recommended for most thriller and crime fiction collections."
l Library Journal Starred Review
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“The unlikely tale of an unsuccessful cop, a cute grocery check-out girl and her dead boyfriend gives Doolittle (Rain Dogs) plenty to chew on in his latest crime novel…. Doolittle has penned a character-driven yet suspenseful novel about choice and consequence, with a well-crafted lead and a narrative style that’s punchy and sincere. Though Worth’s motivation is sometimes unclear (even, at times, to himself), readers looking for a tense crime drama—hold the procedure—will enjoy getting inside the head of this well-meaning sad sack.”
And in more review news, find out why James Clar thinks this book "is a flat out pleasure to read.”
“Swierczynski chronicles a long, frenzied and near-fatal night in Philadelphia…Rapid-fire pacing, hard-boiled dialogue and excellent local color make up for the unlikely twists and turns of this entertaining thriller.”
September 10, 2006
So this news last week of the shuttering of two pioneering downtown restaurants, including The Green Room in Deep Ellum, broke our hearts a little.
September 7, 2006
lKirkus Starred Review
Author: Schwegel, Theresa
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Publication Date: 1/2/2007
"What Schwegel's second novel (after Officer Down, 2005) might lack in innovation it makes up for with convincing local color and the winning depiction of Weiss. Hotheaded, hormonal, yet vulnerable and eager to please, the 23-year-old's bright future in the genre seems inevitable. Solidly writtencoming-of-age tale with an endearing and believable hero."
l A star is assigned to books of unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews.