San Diego is a boomtown in 1888. As new development moves west, fortunes in land are made and lost. Suddenly, a wealthy man is killed. U.S. Marshal Cradoc Bradshaw and San Diego Times reporter Nick Pinder are drawn into the investigation of what eventually becomes a series of murders. But, like everyone else involved in the case, both men are hiding something. Bradshaw and Pinder grew up together; what made them enemies? Why is Bradshaw seeing a woman with a violent past, while Pindar neglects his marriage for work? The villain's point of view is presented in alternating chapters to create a sense of foreboding. Nemesis, as he calls himself in notes he leaves behind, is determined yet conflicted. What did his victims do to deserve their harsh and grisly deaths? The question at the heart of Nemesis-can two men put aside their differences to save the day?-appears in many westerns, but that traditional dressing belies the real heart of the novel, which is truly a psychological thriller. - Jeanne Greene"
Excerpt: "This novel propels the reader into the mind of a child, the narrative a realistic voice of an insecure young girl, getting more sophisticated as time passes. Watkins' artful showing of characterization, place, and emotion is impressive..."
(10/21) Austin Book Launch at BookPeople 2-4 pm. Reception to follow.
Excerpt: "Ultimately, Nicholson does what good Christian horror novelists do: she dares an honest look at a world that is bloody and reeking with the corruption of sin, then shines the Light of Lights upon it to breathe hope into darkness and life into death. That she does so with an impeccable ear for turn-of-the-century English and a dry wit worthy of George Bernard Shaw makes A Bloody Habit a brilliant combination of edification and fun."
(10/19) Interview scheduled with Mystery Through Manners Podcast.
Excerpt: "Even for those increasingly skeptical of the Catholic hierarchy in the wake of the recent scandals, Benedict's words still ring true: 'freedom from God proves to be man's hell, which, in fact, strangely enough, agrees exactly with the old definition of hell.'"
The Crucifix on Mecca's Front Porch 9781621642329
(10/15) Interview scheduled with
Sacred Treasures; live phone interview, 12:30 pm (PT).
Excerpt: "And like the finest works from the genre, including Friday Night Lights and The Junction Boys, Gola crafts a story that transcends sports, the powerful imagery making clear why that season, and one incredible game, was so important to an industrial mill town along the Passaic River during the Depression."