EQMM on THE BIG WAKE-UP
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!
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalists
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.
Hurwitz & Child
to read my coverage of Gregg Hurwitz's interview of Lee Child at Left Coast Crime 2010.
The Flights of Angels
Check out my post on Left Coast Crime 2010 over on The Rap Sheet
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: