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August 12, 2010

Innocent Monster scores a starred review

"Sashi Bluntstone, the 11-year-old Next New Thing on the New York art scene, has been abducted, and Moe Prager—former NYPD cop and former PI—is asked by his estranged daughter, Sarah, to join the search. He expects only tragedy; Sashi has already been missing for three weeks, and he hasn’t been a PI for seven years.

Now a well-to-do wine merchant, Moe agrees, primarily to attempt to restore his relationship with Sarah. He quickly learns that nothing increases the value of paintings faster than the death of the painter. Suspects abound: wealthy, self-important collectors; greedy gallery owners; odious rival artists; even the victim's parents. But Moe abides. This sixth Moe Prager novel is pretty much note perfect.

[Reed Farrel] Coleman's take on the art world as a den of iniquity is priceless, as is Moe himself—intelligent, street smart, and tough, especially for a sixtysomething. He’s also sophisticated, despite seeing himself as a “poor schmuck from Brooklyn.” He’s a mensch, and his bone-deep world weariness and mordant sense of humor should enthrall lovers of old-school, tough-talking, loner private eyes (think Loren D. Estleman's Amos Walker)."

- Booklist, Starred review

Dracula returns on Sept. 9!

From Marvel's press release:

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at X-Men #3 by the jaw-dropping creative team of Victor Gischler and Paco Medina.
After back to back sell-outs, the red-hot Curse of the Mutants story continues! In a desperate attempt to end the vampire outbreak, the X-Men do the unthinkable - they resurrect Dracula! Will the former Lord of the Vampires play nice with Cyclops' plan to take down Xarus? Find out this September in X-Men #3.

Check out preview pages at CBR!

2010 Shamus Award Nominees

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) sure know how to pick 'em!

Michael Koryta's THE SILENT HOUR is nominated for Best Hardcover PI Novel.

Gary Phillips' "Blazin' on Broadway" in PHOENIX NOIR is nominated for Best PI Short Story.

August 2, 2010

2010 Crimespree Award nominations

Congratulations to Reed Farrel Coleman, Michael Koryta, and Greg Rucka for their Crimespree nominations!

TOWER is up for Favorite book of 2009.

THE SILENT HOUR and WALKING DEAD are both nominated for Best in an on-going series for 2009.

August 1, 2010


DHS is quoted in a LA Times story about pal Mary Ann Naples and OpenSky, a new web biz that lets authors sell directly to consumers.