Monday, September 29, 2008

It's that time of the year

In case you didn't realize, Otto has two new books out in his series: Best American Crime Reporting 2008 (with guest editor Jonathan Kellerman pb. $14.95) and also Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (with guest editor George Pelecanos $28.00). These are the books to go to when you want the creme de la creme of crime reporting or short mystery fiction. Don't miss out!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Paco Ignacio Taibo II Makes a Rare U.S. Appearance

The noted Mexican activist and mystery novelist Paco Ignacio Taibo dropped by in a rare U.S. appearance for the MANHATTAN NOIR 2 party.

Lawrence Block Will NOT Be Reading Tonight

Mystery favorite Lawrence Block editor of the new Akashic anthology MANHATTAN NOIR 2 dropped by the store recently and offered a few dry remarks.

Susan Isaacs Signs Manhattan Noir 2

Bestselling author Susan Isaacs dropped by the store recently for the book launch party of MANHATTAN NOIR 2 edited by Lawrence Block from Akashic Books. Here she signs copies with Akashic publisher Johnny Temple.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Check out this great deal from the extraordinary John Harvey who, if you haven't been reading, may well be the finest writer of crime fiction in the U.K. I've loved his books ever since I discovered him because ofElmore Leonard's blurb comparing him to Graham Greene, though in different genres (espionage for Greene, police novels for Harvey). He is a big best-seller in the U.K. but still not as well-known here in spite of the efforts of his brilliant publisher (ah, that would be me). Anyway, he has decided to move out some of his books and benefit a worthwhile organization, so this is your chance to get some great books directly from him.
Please note that you can't order books from The Mysterious Bookshop. Well, of course you can, but not THESE books. This is a deal strictly between you and John Harvey.

Okay, here’s the deal. Fill the gaps on your shelves and make more space on mine - and ALL the money goes to Medecin Sans Frontiers. *

Let me know which books you want, making it clear, if there’s a choice, which edition you prefer. Send me a cheque for the correct amount, made out to Medecin Sans Frontiers, and as soon as it arrives, I’ll send the cheque to them and the book(s) to you, covering the cost of postage myself. How’s that?

NB Sorry, no credit cards!

Set in New York & London now and in the 50s/60s: Murder/New York cops/Thelonious Monk/Frank O’Hara/Abstract Expressionism - it’s all here!
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12

First Frank Elder novel
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12
UK Trade [Large Format] Paperback - Heinemann
£6 - $10 - €8
US Hardback - Carroll & Graf
£10 - $18 - €12
US Trade [Large Format] Paperback - Harcourt
£6 - $10 - €8

Second Elder novel
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12
UK Trade [Large Format] Paperback - Heinemann
£6 - $10 - €8
US Hardback - Harcourt
£10 - $18 - €12

Third Elder novel
US Hardback - Harcourt
£10 - $18 - €12

Stories by Lehane, Connelly, Pelecanos, Billingham etc.
UK Hardback - Heinemann
£10 - $18 - €12
US Trade [Large Format] Paperback -HarperCollins/Dark Alley
£6 - $10 - €8

Resnick short stories
UK Hardback - Slow Dancer
£6 - $10 - €8

Poems about jazz, painting, love & pain and the whole damn thing!
Paperback - Smith/Doorstop
£6 - $10 - €8

Poetry & Prose readings with Jazz from Second Nature - see above.
£6 - $10 - €8

* MSF is an independent humanitarian medical aid agency committed to two objectives: providing medical aid wherever needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or sex and raising awareness of the plight of people we help.

"And none of it was practice for anything"

Ruth Valentine: Leonard Woolf at 80

John Harvey

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London NW5 1AJ

020 7284 1406

Friday, September 19, 2008


I'm being asked about Benjamin Black's new book, Lemur. This is a US true first published here in June. It is a paperback original. The UK edition is being published today, 9/19/08, in hardcover. We do not expect signed copies. Actually we don't expect UK editions. Hope that helps.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

James Crumley 1939-2008

Associated Press - September 18, 2008 12:44 PM ET

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Crime writer James Crumley, known for books with hardened detectives and endings that deliver a note of optimism, has died in Missoula at the age of 68.
Longtime friend Bob Reid says Crumley died Wednesday at a Missoula hospital after years of health problems. Crumley made his home in Missoula.
Random House published a number of Crumley's books over a span of about 30 years. The novels include "One Count to Cadence," "The Mexican Tree Duck" and perhaps his best known, "The Last Good Kiss."
In 2005, Viking published "The Right Madness."

Charles Finch Signs

Charles Finch dropped by the store last week to discuss his new book THE SEPTEMBER SOCIETY.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gregory McDonald 1937-2008

The Associated Press
Wednesday, September 10, 2008; 10:25 PM

PULASKI, Tenn. -- Gregory Mcdonald, whose best-selling "Fletch" mystery books also were made into films, has died, according to his manager. He was 71.

Mcdonald died Sunday at his antebellum farm in Pulaski, Tenn., about 60 miles southwest of Nashville, according to Mcdonald's manager, David List. List said Wednesday that Mcdonald had been diagnosed with cancer.

"Fletch," published in 1974, was the first in a series of books about an investigative reporter named Irwin M. Fletcher. Actor Chevy Chase portrayed the lead character in the 1985 movie "Fletch" and the 1989 sequel "Fletch Lives."

Mcdonald twice won the Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America and published 26 books, including "Running Scared," "Flynn," and "The Brave." He also was a journalist with the Boston Globe.

List said no funeral is planned, as requested by Mcdonald, but a memorial service may be held later.

"When the Fletch novels came out, they sold over 100 million copies," List said. "He told me that he got to experience what very few writers got to experience, which was being a celebrity."

List said the Harvard graduate moved to Tennessee in 1986 to avoid that celebrity, but he continued to write. His last book, "Souvenirs of a Blown World," a republished collection of his writings while at the Globe, will be released in early November, according to Dan Simon, the publisher at Seven Stories Press.

After moving to Pulaski, Mcdonald became an outspoken opponent of white supremacists who wanted to march there because the city was where the Ku Klux Klan originated.

He is survived by his wife, Cherlye, and five children, List said.

Alison Gaylin Discusses HEARTLESS

In a recent appearance at The Mysterious Bookshop, Edgar Award nominee Alison Gaylin read from and discussed her new novel HEARTLESS.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hanging Out With Jason Starr and Lee Child

Jason Starr and surprise guest reader Lee Child hung out after Jason's successful book launch for his and Ken Bruen's new book THE MAX along with Alison Gaylin's HEARTLESS.