Prague Tonight, Utah's Vermilion Cliffs Tomorrow, a Vampire Secret Service Agent Sunday...A Display of New Signed Books
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Lost Years Signed in stock now
Death Comes Silently Signed May 5
Debut in stock 6 left
Dorchester Terrace Signed in this week
and First Mystery PickThe Inquisitor's Key
The Body Farm does The DaVinci Code
Signed May 9 (Dr. Bill Bass via Skype, Jon Jefferson live at The PenPowers of Arrest
Signed May 15
Jon Talton's latest mystery and in stock nowHard Country
A Novel of Kevin Kerney's family history in New Mexico Signed May 15Guilt by Degrees
signed May 14
It's been six weeks since I wrote to you but here I am, home from Asia at last and thrilled to see so many exciting books at the store. Authors, too. As in tonight with Philip Kerr and tomorrow with Michael Norman and Sunday with Allison Brennan and Christopher Farnsworth.
Travel is fun and educational but so is every program we do at The Pen.
Plus I have a killer piece of jewelry to show off, bought on mad impulse in Kanazawa at a fabulous lacquer store near the Samurai House. Laurie R King who traveled Japan with Rob and me is kicking herself we didn't stay longer and buy more, but we were cracking on (I watched the new Sherlock Holmes movie on the flight from Hong Kong to LA, hence the lingo) to Kyoto. In travel it's not the things you do that make you kick yourself, it's the things you miss or skimp.
If I can get Rob to get photos sorted we'll add a kind of travelogue from what was once Indochina (including Viet Nam and Cambodia/plus France) to our May 3 event featuring the murder of a British colonial in 1937 Peking (OK, it's a stretch, but I figure NY Times reporter Peter French and I can discuss aspects of Europe's presence in China and Indochina along with his fabulous book!) Midnight in Peking (Penguin $26). Will is getting good at power point presentations so you get visuals. And there will be a prize or two.
Time is pressing so let's move on to events this week and a selection of exciting books!
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Events This Week at The Pen
Signs Prague Fatale (Putnam $26.95)
We have posted my review in the Enews and it is in the current April Booknews. Here is Sunday's NY Times:
"Don't even try to figure out where PRAGUE FATALE fits into the loose chronology of Philip Kerr's endlessly fascinating novels about Bernie Gunther. A cynical Berliner, this rogue cop purged himself from the force in 1933, survived much of the war as a private detective, surfaced in Argentina in the 1950s and keeps having narrative flashbacks to the bad old days. In this book, it's 1941 and Bernie, reinstated as a homicide detective, is considering suicide. But his bosses have a better idea. Reichsprotector Reinhard Heydrich has got it into his head that someone intends to kill him, so Bernie is dispatched to Prague to baby-sit his old nemesis.
When a young adjutant attending a house party at Heydrich's rural estate is murdered, Bernie is on the spot. As is the custom in such locked-room whodunits, everyone is a suspect; but because they're members of the SS, Bernie faces more perils than Hercule Poirot might have encountered. After an initially playful approach, Kerr steers his country house mystery into the darker territory of a political thriller - the kind of locked room from which there really is no way out."
I repeat, that this is a perfect locked-room mystery. But because Philip Kerr is a master of the sleight of hand, Prague Fatale is also a tense political thriller: a complex tale of spies, partisan terrorists, vicious infighting, and a turncoat traitor situated in the upper reaches of the Third Reich.
Interestingly Heydrich is the focus of Laurence Binet's brilliant HHhH, a May First Mystery Pick, and of Francine Mathews' July Thriller club Pick Jack 1939 (Riverhead $26).
Signs The Skeleton Picnic (Poisoned Pen Press $24.95)
Third generation Kanab, Utah residents, Rolly and Abigail Rogers, come from a long line of dedicated pot hunters who scour the desert southwest in search of valuable antiquities. When the couple fails to return from a weekend pot hunting trip, an unofficial local industry along the desolate Arizona Strip, local Sheriff Charley Sutter turns to BLM Law Enforcement Ranger J.D. Books for help. When Books searches the missing couple's home for clues about their disappearance, he discovers the house has been burglarized and a valuable collection of ancient Anasazi and Fremont Indian antiquities stolen. Soon a search and rescue operation finds the Rogers' truck and trailer at an abandoned campsite near an ancient Anasazi ruin... Pot hunters, armed Indian police, and assorted citizens populate this second entry in a Utah series for Tony Hillerman fans.
The Skeleton Picnic is book two. Norman is the author ofSilent Witness
(2008) and The Commission, one of Publishers Weekly's
Best Books of 2007. THURSDAY APRIL 25
Hardboiled Crime Club 7:00 PM
They laughed at Roberto Valdez and then ignored him. But when a dark-skinned man was holed up in a shack with a gun, they sent the part-time town constable to deal with the problem - and made sure he had no choice but to gun the fugitive down. Trouble was, Valdez killed an innocent man. And when he asked for justice - and some money for the dead man's woman - they beat Valdez and tied him to a cross. They were still laughing when Valdez came back. And then they began to die...SUNDAY APRIL: 29Allison Brennan 1:15 PM Join Patrick and fellow hardboiled enthusiasts to discuss Elmore Leonard and specifically Valdez Is Coming ($5.99). It has been seven years since Lucy was attacked-and almost killed-by an online predator. Today, she is well on her way toward a new life. While waiting to begin her training at the FBI Academy, he current mission: to find out who killed a high-priced call girl linked to a powerful Congressman. A number of known prostitutes-with scores of high profile clients-are turning up dead all over D.C. Is this the work of a depraved killer? Or the result of an inside job? Christopher Farnsworth 2:00 PM
Nathaniel Cade is no ordinary vampire. Since the time of Abraham Lincoln, Cade has been bound by an unbreakable blood oath to serve the president of the United States-as well as anyone acting under his authority. Moreover, Cade is a devout Christian who wears a silver cross at all times-the pain it constantly sears into his chest a never-ending reminder of the humanity that he long ago lost.
For centuries, Cade has protected the nation will all his considerable might, but consistently there is one entity who has challenged him like no other. The Boogeyman, mistakenly believed by most people to be no more than a superstitious myth, is real. He is a horrific entity summoned to this world by a blood sacrifice. When he appears he consumes a human host and develops unstoppable abilities. He can't be killed by traditional means. Mechanical things, like cars, seem to malfunction in his presence. People running away from him have a tendency to trip. Locked doors and barred windows are no barrier to him.
Imaginative and entertaining...almost believable....
NEW: MONDAY APRIL 30Lindsay Faye 7:00 PM
Signs The Gods of Gotham ( Putnam $25.96)
The author of a super hot debut and our March History Club Pick pays us a visit. Here is praise for her work set in 1845 New York:
"The Gods of Gotham is a wonderful book. Lyndsay Faye's command of historical detail is remarkable, and her knowledge of human character even more so. I bought into this world in the opening pages and never once had the desire to leave. It's a great read!" -Michael Connelly
"Lyndsay Faye is a superstar-caliber writer. She confidently and exquisitely re-creates the past while her characters live on with you in the present, the elusive gold standard for a historical novel. The Gods of Gotham is a gift to the genre that readers will surely relish while we wait for Faye's next one." -Matthew Pearl
"Intriguingly complex yet deliciously smooth,The Gods of Gotham is, in a word, stunning. The vivid characters and deft use of the historical setting read like the work of an established writer at the top of her (or indeed, his) career-that Faye is a newcomer is cause for an exuberance of fireworks, at the mere thought of so many superb novels yet to come." -Laurie R. King
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