Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Game is Afoot!

The Game, in this case, referring to the trade paperback edition of The Immortal Game, which Bleak House Books is reprinting for release this month. Here's a photo of a freshly printed copy sitting on my dining room table:

I've already waxed poetic about how pleased I am with the design, and the only thing I can say upon seeing the real deal is it definitely lived up to my expectations. Friends, family and strangers in the street who I've corralled all agree that the cover and the interior are very appealing.

We still have a few weeks before the book hits the distribution channels, but I'm excited that my first signing with the new edition will be at the Mystery Bookstore booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books at 11 am on Sunday, April 30th with ... (insert drum roll here) ... Michael Connelly! Check out the nice description the good folks at the Mystery Bookstore have given the new edition here.

By the way, in writing this post I did a little Internet search regarding the derivation of the phrase "the game is afoot." I assumed that Arthur Conan Doyle coined the term in "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange" when Holmes tells Watson: "Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!"

But, no! Like most phrases in the English language, it was first coined by Shakespeare in his King Henry IV. To quote, "Before the game is afoot, thou still let'st slip."

And with that little bit of trivial, I'll let'st you go (for now) ...

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