Saturday, March 20, 2010


In his Jury Box column for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Jon L. Breen weighs in on my latest novel, The Big Wake-Up. To quote, the book:
Begins with a stunning action scene of murder by cable car and proceeds to unveil a[n] ... utterly entertaining pulp-magazine plot, including a sinister female villain known as Isis. The Maltese Falcon-style treasure hunt has a most intriguing MacGuffin ... The author's photographs from cemeteries enliven, so to speak, the chapter headings. Coggins continues to favor Chandler's recipe for saving a scene: the sudden appearance of a man with a gun.
That's pretty kind of Jon, especially considering I selected his last name (at random) from a mystery conference program to use for the villain in my second book, Vulture Capital!

Monday, March 15, 2010

ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalists

ForeWord Reviews just announced the finalists in their 2009 Book of the Year Awards. There are some books by friends in the mystery category, including Jump by Tim Maleeny and Tower by Ken Bruen & Reed Farrel Coleman.

There's also a title by yours truly called The Big Wake-Up.

Check out the full list of finalists here. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers selected from the magazine's readership in time for BookExpo America.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hurwitz & Child

Go here to read my coverage of Gregg Hurwitz's interview of Lee Child at Left Coast Crime 2010.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Flights of Angels

Check out my post on Left Coast Crime 2010 over on The Rap Sheet.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Singer Affair

In my first foray into non-fiction memoir, I've got an essay up on the book page of The Huffington Post. It's called "The Singer Affair" and you can check it out here.

I thought it might be fun to share scans of a few of the supporting materials that go with the post. Here's a scan of the first paragraph of one of the short stories I mention, "Sunstroke and Seduction:"

And here are Brett's comments on my final story for the quarter:

Here's a scan of the cover of The Petting Zoo:

And here we have the back cover with Brett Singer's picture:

And, finally, the relevant snippet from page 89: