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August 19, 2008

updates on our august authors

Reed Farrel Coleman's THE JAMES DEANS:

"some writers can make you feel that they have inhabited their characters to a degree associated with demonic possession, but Reed Farrel Coleman’s gift is to graft that sensation onto the reader, so that he or she feels they’re wearing the character like skin...[The James Deans is] "how books are supposed to be."

High fives for J. D. Rhoades! Indiebound has picked BREAKING COVER as a "Notable Book" for August.

"Shamus-finalist Rhoades (The Devil's Right Hand) delivers a gripping stand-alone thriller. The action escalates to a powerfully violent, powerfully satisfying conclusion." - Publishers Weekly

Tom Piccirilli follows up his 2008 Thriller Award win with a World Fantasy Award nomination! FIVE STROKES TO MIDNIGHT, the anthology which features his stories "Loss" and "Bereavement", has also won two Bram Stoker awards.

Gischler's GO-GO GIRLS are charming their way through the blogosphere. (Is that a boing boing we hear?) The book was on the top 10 best sellers list of the Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association in July, and has picked up more rave reviews:

"fast, funny and action-packed...Gischler continues to demonstrate that he's one of the freshest and most talented voices in genre fiction." - Chicago Sun-Times

"the latest, most entertaining and insightful world’s end vision...some of the darkest, grisliest humor you’re likely to experience. Yet lurking beneath the surface of this nightmare comedy is a satiric profundity that pushes it far above most similar McCarthy’s THE ROAD if you must. But you really must read GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE." - Alan Cranis, Bookgasm

"You ought to add Victor Gischler's work to your to-do list right quick. Reading a Gischler novel is like driving a fast car downhill with your foot over the brake, but loving the speed so much that you’re afraid to press the damn thing. Go-Go Girls pulls the reader into the chaos of the story. If you’re sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, give this book a shot at lightening your load." - Jay Willson, RevolutionSF

Interviews with the mad genius behind it all can be found at In For Questioning and The Rap Sheet.

Steve Ekstrom at Newsarama recommends BATMAN: MURDER AT WAYNE MANOR as a great gift or collectible item. "Set earlier in the Dark Knight’s career as a costumed vigilante, Swierczynski’s Batman is dark and reflective. Surprisingly minimal, the story is gripping; introducing some of Gotham’s elite, both past and present — as well as a new villain for the book, the Black Mask of Fate. Readers assimilate the clues quickly; the paced natured of this story speeds things along quickly. The actual physical clues provide a tactile connection to the nuances of back story...very polished, high quality"

And — drumroll, please — we are absolutely delighted to announce the film option for SEVERANCE PACKAGE:

Film/TV rights were sold to Lionsgate by our terrific film co-agent Angela Cheng Caplan. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing, with Brett Simon ("Assassination of a High School President") attached to direct and co-write the script with Swierczynski (aka our own "multi-sport star, a literary Deion Sanders.")

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