This has been a rough summer between multiple deaths in the family and a couple of prolonged illnesses. I'd prefer to keep my dead people in books but things don't always work out. My wife and I both lost a parent this summer and my Stark House work has backed up like a Miley Cyrus dance.
But there's something we need to immediately plug and that is the book release event at the Andover Book Store on 89 Main Street in Andover, Massachusetts for the great Andrew Coburn's first ever short story collection.
Andrew has had some health problems of his own in recent years and this book's release is a big deal to both him and his family. If you are anywhere near the Boston area, Andover is a hop, skip and a jump from Lowell, birthplace of Jack Kerouac, and you can help make this event the smash it deserves to be. I'll be there, as well, and would love to meet as many Stark House fans as can make it.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and I really hope that some of you wonderful crime fiction fans can make an appearance.
My own book(s) should also begin shipping this week or next.
The very kind Ed Gorman posted a very nice mention of both our next Peter Rabe volume as well as some kind words about a very humbled myself.
Before we get to the extremely important Peter Rabe trio I want to give
a shout-out to the man who wrote the single best utterance I've ever
read about Rabe. That would be Rick Ollerman. And that utterance leads
off this trilogy.
Booklist piced it up and gave "Turnabout"/"Shallow Secrets" a nice review as well:
— Don Crinklaw
I also have two pieces in next month's NoirCon program book and a book signing in Minneapolis on October 16th and I truly hope that anyone in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area can make an appearance (along with everyone you know) and say hello. I'll be at Bouchercon in November on the "New Authors Breakfast" panel and my own room for an "Author Focus" session which may just be myself and a carafe of water. But if you're around and want to talk a bit and hang out, feel free to pull me over.
Okay. Bigger newsletter to follow as things get caught up. In addition to Spouses & Other Crimes and Turnabout/Shallow Secrets, the first Peter Rabe Daniel Port omnibus will be shipping soon, along with a bonus offering of two fine Edgar Wallace novels. If you haven't ever read Wallace, he was huge in his time (hey, he created the original King Kong) and is sorely needing to be discovered by today's younger readers. So there will be more coming but that's the Emergency Newsletter Bulletin for the day.
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